The Board of Directors provides overall direction and management of the organization, including governance, policy creation, and financial accountability. The Board of Directors is made up of local leaders representing various facets of our community. They have volunteered their time to ensure the continued success of the organization a great festival each year.

Andrew Giguère

Secretary

Andrew Giguère is a passionate, engaged advocate for the arts and culture, who works as a professional arts administrator, previously working with organizations like the Ottawa Art Gallery, National Arts Centre, Ottawa Arts Council, and National Gallery of Canada. Capital Pride, to Andrew, represents an important space for queer artists to share their voices with…

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Chris Day

Director, Strategic Planning

Chris is a public affairs and communications professional who has worked in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors over the course of his career. He also owns his own company. Chris has participated in Prides on four continents, and believes deeply in the power and responsibility of serving the Pride movement from a G7 capital. Chris serves on the Board…

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Christine Brekke

Director

Christine joins the board with over 13 years experience in varying roles such as Production Manager and Sound Engineer in both studio/live events and high profiled festivals, as well as international LGBTQ2+ and Women’s festivals in the entertainment industry. Homegrown in the Capital Region, Christine shares her passion for the live event industry by mentoring…

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Davy Sabourin

Chair

Davy Sabourin (He/Him) is a Francophone member of the LGBTQ2+ community born in Montreal, who has been living in the National Capital Region for about 9 years. He is a federal public servant working in privacy law compliance at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Prior to joining the Public Service, he worked…

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Tara Paterson

Vice-Chair

Tara Paterson works in human rights for a national labour union. She works specifically on the issues of gender equity and queer and trans inclusion in the workplace. Previously, Tara has worked at progressive think tanks in Canada and in the United Kingdom, as well as for various political campaigns. She has also written on…

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Toby Whitfield

Immediate Past Chair (Ex Officio)

Toby joined the Board of Directors in 2016 and has served as a Director, Treasurer and most recently as Chair. As Chair, Toby worked to bring new energy to the Capital Pride festival and improve Capital Pride’s impact and awareness in the community.  New programming, events and partnerships, an increased budget and better communications efforts…

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Yusuf Celik

Director

Yusuf was born in a small town in Eastern Turkey. In the summers, like most children growing up in a Muslim family, he would go to Islamic school to learn about Islam and the Quran until the age of 14. At the age of 17 Yusuf got the chance to study in Istanbul. At the…

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