Lawyers – Leaders to Be Proud Of

The names of two lawyers are included in this years list of individuals being recognized as Leaders to be Proud Of and champions of diversity by Out on Bay Street.

Douglas Elliott, a Partner at Roy, Elliott and OConnor, is to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award for having demonstrated exceptional leadership throughout his professional career in advancing the rights of the LGBTQA community.

Kate Broer, a Partner at Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP, is to receive the Leading Executive Ally Award for making a significant contribution to advancing LGBTQA issues through advocacy and outreach as an active and empowered ally.

Out on Bay Street is an organization founded in 2007 to provide opportunities and resources based on education, leadership, mentoring and networking for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and young professionals, and to reshape the way organizations operate in the marketplace by promoting change and openness. The goal goal is to empower the younger members of the LGBTQA community to be leaders of a tomorrow in which all institutions embrace inclusiveness within the workplace and diversity within the workforce.

The awards will be presented at a reception hosted by Deloitte on September 6, 2012, on the eve of the Annual Conference and Case Competition for LGBTQA students in business, law and technology. For more information, see

The Selection Committee for the 2011 and 2012 Awards included Anne Marie Vanier, The Chief Property and Casualty Actuary at RBC Insurance, Christine Wilson, the Executive Director of Content Planning at CBC English Services, John Clifford, a Partner at McMillan Binch LLP, Matt Peterson, the chair of Pride at Work Canada and Director of Diversity Strategies for CIBC, and Gary P.Rodrigues, Publishing Consultant and Slaw contributor.

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