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When prejudice recedes, society advances

In a society more than ever divided by the lack of dialogue and listening, GRIS is going back to the schools to reverse this trend and undo one by one the prejudices related to the realities of LGBT+ people.

To achieve its mission, the organization has set the goal of reaching, with your help, $350,000 in its 2021-2022 campaign.

This year, GRIS-Montreal is pleased to welcome a new president for its fundraising campaign cabinet, Mr. Claude Marchand. President and CEO of LCI Education Group, also known as LaSalle College Group, Claude Marchand has joined GRIS in 2019 as a member of the campaign cabinet. He succeeds François Leclair, vice president of Leclair Group, who has led the cabinet for the past six years.

This work that GRIS does year after year would not be possible without your support. Thank you for helping us build a more open society!

 

Cabinet of Campaign 2021-2022

Discover the members involved in our campaign team. Thanks to their conviction and their large network, they help us raise a large part of our funds.

President

Claude Marchand

LCI Education Network

Since 2014, Claude Marchand is the President and CEO of the LCI Education network. He joined the organization in 2008, as Director of Marketing, and showed continuous commitment to LCI Education’s vision of growth through numerous acquisitions and successful partnerships with the primary mission of connecting people to opportunity through high-quality education. With now over 3,000 people in the organization as well as thousands of students who graduate from local and international campuses yearly, Claude envisions the LCI Education to become the leader in private education around the world.

 

Andréanne Cyr

BLVD-MTL

I had the opportunity to attend my first workshop with GRIS-Montreal volunteers when I was still in high school. This first meeting with openly gay and lesbian people was very important for me and helped me a lot in my personal development. Nearly twenty years later, I am very proud to be involved for the first time in the GRIS-Montreal 2021-2022 fundraising campaign to give back. GRIS-Montreal's mission is still highly relevant in 2021 and the challenges to be met are great, whether it be in the area of orientation, gender identity or homoparentality. Your support continues to be essential. Please support us so that GRIS-Montreal can continue its mission for a long time to come!

 

Maxime Gagné

Cabinet juridique St. Lawrence

Maxime Gagne is a founding partner of St. Lawrence Law Firm, one of Canada's leading entertainment, technology and intellectual property law firms. Prior to founding St. Lawrence, Maxime practiced law at two major firms, Heenan Blaikie and Stikeman Elliott. Outside of his law practice, Maxime has volunteered for a number of organizations and initiatives that reflect his values and interests. It is in this capacity that he joins the GRIS-Montreal 2021-2022 campaign cabinet with great enthusiasm.

 

Jean-François Gagnon

Vidéotron

Jean-François holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He has more than 15 years of management experience in the telecommunications industry and is the General Manager of Strategic Alignment Operations at Vidéotron. It is with great pleasure that he joins the campaign cabinet for his very first year of involvement with GRIS. His innovative leadership, his strong communication skills and his desire to influence for a more inclusive world will be important assets to help reach our collective goal.

 

Sylvie Hamel

Anna Goodson Illustration Agency

I first started working with Gris in 2014, when Robert Pilon asked me if my artists could help illustrate his book Modèles recherchés. Immediately I fell in love with the project and got involved. I volunteered for a workshop for the first time in 2015. I really love meeting young people in schools. I feel it is important that I share my story with them. I thank GRIS-Montreal for offering me this chance. I intend to go on meeting and sharing with young people, and not so young people, for a long time!

 

Taras Kulish

Executive Director - Orchestre Classique de Montréal

Born and raised in Montréal, Taras speaks five languages and has more than 30 years of experience in the artistic world. With 18 years as an opera singer, in 2018, Taras became the Executive Director of the Montréal Classical Orchestra. From 2016 until 2018, Taras was the director of the Calgary Opera. From 2013-16, Taras was the Executive Director of the McGill Chamber Orchestra, before that, from 2005 to 2012, Taras founded and was the Artistic Director for the Green Mountain Opera Festival in Vermont. Taras completed his studies at Concordia University, the Schulich School of Music at McGill University, and at the University of Toronto.

 

Maxie Lafleur

Bus.com

President and CEO of Bus.com, Maxie Lafleur has extensive experience in digital, growth, business transformation, mergers and acquisitions and business development, both in Canada and abroad. Ms. Lafleur previously held several management positions within CAE, including Chief Financial Officer of the Civil Aviation Training ab initio division and Manager of Strategic Partnerships for the Civil Aviation Training Solutions division. An accountant by training, she began her career with KPMG. She happily joins the GRIS-Montreal 2021-2022 campaign cabinet as she strongly believes in the importance of demystifying sexual orientations and gender identities.

 

Marc-André Nantais

Jarislowsky Fraser

 

Gautier Péchadre

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton

Gautier is a Senior Manager in the Turnaround and Insolvency Group at RCGT in Montreal. Specialized in the accompaniment of companies in difficulty, he enjoys challenges and knowing that he is making a difference in his community. Member of the Board of Directors of the Joseph-François Perrault Music School Foundation and involved in the United World College movement, he is convinced that education is the key to making our world a better place. As Nelson Mandela said, "None of us, acting alone, can achieve success". With GRIS, we aim to eliminate prejudices one by one, taking one step at a time, one donation at a time.

 

Shawn Salewski

BDC

Echoing the words of one of our volunteer facilitators, to me, GRIS is “the privilege to open peoples’ hearts and minds by breaking down prejudice”. For more than 25 years, GRIS has worked hard to break down prejudice towards LGBTQ+ people. However, even today, there is still work to be done, here in Montréal, and all over Québec. I am proud to serve on the Fundraising Campaign Cabinet for a seventh year for this great organization. Please support our mission by making a donation, large or small.

 

Imen Zitouni

Intact Financial Corporation

It is with great pride that I join GRIS-Montreal's fundraising campaign so that people of diverse sexual and gender backgrounds can live openly and authentically in all areas of their lives. This process of openness begins in the schools, one GRIS-Montreal intervention at a time, thanks to your donations.

 President emeritus

François Leclair

Groupe Leclair

Participating in classroom interventions since 2012, I have been able to see the difference that each encounter can have in the lives of young people, regardless of their orientation or gender identity, by demystifying an often taboo subject and putting a face and experience on our reality. I have also been able to see, over the years, the changes in society's mentality and the work we still have to do. It is a privilege for me to join, for an eleventh year, a team of men and women committed to making a difference in the fight against homophobia, transphobia, intolerance and ignorance that still exist. I invite you to generously support us.