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Board Structure

Board Structure

Pride Week in Toronto is one of Canada's premier arts and cultural festivals and one of the largest Pride celebrations in the world. Together with the thousands of individuals, community groups, businesses and participating sponsors, we are proud to celebrate the lives and stories of Toronto's Queer Communities.

WorldPride 2014 Toronto is being presented by Pride Toronto, whose festivals are produced by year-round volunteers, each working together to produce the Pride Festival in conjunction with full time staff who manage the organization and direct and support the activities of the organization.

The Board of Directors is elected by the membership at an AGM, and is accountable to that membership. It is responsible for the legal, financial, and overall well-being of the organization and the event. It is also responsible for the organization's overall governance, including the development of policies and procedures, development of strategic vision and long term planning, all contractual relationships and all partnerships. Members of the board are elected to serve a term of three years.


The Board elects two directors at the first meeting of the new Board to serve as Co-Chairs, leading the work of the Board and the organization. They are responsible in conjunction with the Board, for the general direction and supervision of the activities of Pride Toronto. The Co-Chairs are the official media representatives of Pride Toronto. They can delegate media responsibility to the Executive Director as appropriate.


Appointed by the Board of Directors, the Treasurer shall have oversight of the finances of the Corporation. In doing so, they shall ensure the completeness and accuracy of all financial records and books of the Corporation. The Treasurer also serves as the Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee.


Appointed by the Board of Directors, the Secretary shall keep and maintain the records and books of the Corporation. These include the registry of Officers and Directors and members, by-laws and resolutions as well as the minutes of the Annual General Meeting, General Meetings and Board Meetings.

Board Committees

The Board of Directors has a number of Standing and Ad-Hoc committees. Standing Committee Chairs should meet at least quarterly to discuss their Committee mandates and priorities and coordinate activities. Following discussion with their Committees, Chairs are to report Committee priorities to the Board. Committee Chairs report regularly to the Board on the activities, decisions and recommendation of their Committees. With the with the exception of the Human Resources & Compensation Committee, each committee is made up of a combination of Board Members, Staff, Team Leads/Advisors, and community members. Board committees are as follows: 

  • Finance and Audit Committee – Chair, Kent Churn
  • Governance Committee – Chair, Paul Jonathan Saguil
  • Human Resources & Compensation Committee – Chair, Shelley Craig
  • Community Relations Committee – Co-Chairs, Lauryn Kronick and Dana Suvagau
  • Board Development & Recruitment Committee – Chair, Kerry Bell
  • WorldPride Community and Stakeholder Engagement Committee – Chair, Susan Gapka


For more information please contact: 

Kerry Bell
Chair, Board Recruitment and Development Committee
E  kerry.bell@pridetoronto.com

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