Supporting Canada’s Most Marginalized LGBT+ Entrepreneurs

A project with the CGLCC: Canada's LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce to incorporate Trans and BIPOC Advisory Councils into their governance structures.

About the project

The CGLCC is currently working on discovering and implementing an equity-minded governance model that allows for LGBT+ BIPOC and Trans entrepreneurs to have a meaningful voice at the table of the CGLCC.

To support them in this work, they’ve hired us, Ivy + Dean Consulting, to develop a strong foundation for this program.

What we’ve done so far:

  • Facilitated consultations with Trans & BIPOC LGBT+ entrepreneurs and business owners
  • Talked with other business organizations about their lessons learned in relation to uplifting voices of marginalized entrepreneurs
  • Provided a written report to the CGLCC about these findings, and included recommendations about how they can better support Trans & BIPOC entrepreneurs

After all this work, we created proposed governance structures for these a set of Advisory Councils that will provide recommendations and advice to the CGLCC.

Pilot Advisory Councils & process

Based on what we heard from consultations with Trans & BIPOC LGBT+ entrepreneurs and other business organizations, it’s important that we keep in mind that 2SLGBTQ+ trans communities, 2SLGBTQ+ Black communities, 2SLGBTQ+ Indigenous communities, and 2SLGBTQ+ racialized communities navigate different realities and barriers. It is our hope that our first co-hort of Advisory Council members can help us validate a meaningful governance structure that recognizes theseunique realities.

We are inviting 2SLGBTQ+ people who self-identify as Black, as Indigenous, as racialized or people of colour, and as trans or non-binary to express interest.

We’re seeking business owners, entrepreneurs, professionals and people who work in the business sector who are interested in serving on our Advisory Councils. Individuals who are selected will be expected to participate in a minimum of five (5) meetings per year and an annual gathering of all Council members. Council members will receive an honorarium for each meeting and commitment they take on.

Deadline extended to February 20th!

 You’re probably eligibile if:

  • You’re eighteen years of age or older;
  • You self-identify as a member of the groups the Advisory Councils are meant to represent; and
  • You are an entrepreneur, professional, business owner or work in the business sector.

Any selected Council Members will be expected to participate in an on-boarding session on February 23rd from 12pm – 4pm Eastern Time. All Council Members will receive an honorarium for their time.

Reach out to us if you’d like to see a Terms of Reference before submitting your interest!

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    Jacq Brasseur

    Lead Consultant


    Lead Consultant