CGLCC Co-Founder and Chair, Bruce McDonald, was pleased to be able to attend the 2nd "Trade Mission LGBTI Costa Rica" in San Jose, Costa Rica on September 4th hosted by the Cámara de Comercio Diversa de Costa Rica (CCDCR).
From Wednesday, June 14 to Friday, June 16, 2017, the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) proudly hosted the NGLCC Global 5th LGBT Summit of the Americas.
The Program of the conference successfully provided participants with:
CGLCC was also very pleased to have as keynote speaker Mr. Randy Boissonnault, Canada’s Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues, who gave a very inspirational speech. Other Summit presentations are also available on the CGLCC website.
Finally, the CGLCC-hosted meeting also innovated by including an "LGBT Youth Entrepreneur" component, designed to mentor and support the next generation of entrepreneurs, business leaders and innovators from the LGBTQ community.
Held at the InterContinental Toronto Yorkville, the event brought together some 250 delegates - the largest number of participants to ever attend such a meeting since inception in 2012*. Participants came from Canada but also from abroad, including the United States, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Sweden. Attendants included business leaders from the LGBT community, representatives from Canadian and international corporations as well as delegates from the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, the Government of Argentina and the Organization of America States (OAS), based in Washington, DC.
In addition, the conference generated several media stories, both in English and French, as well as an estimated 4.7 million traditional media impressions and 51,000+ social media impressions.
CGLCC wishes to take this opportunity to express its heartfelt gratitude to all of the partners for their generous support and collaboration in ensuring the success of this great event.
See photos from the event and more information about this event here.
* Previous NGLCC Global Summit of the Americas were held respectively in Colombia (2012), Mexico (2014), Peru (2015), and the Dominican Republic (2016).
Thrive LGBT: 2017 NGLCC International Business & Leadership Conference - Aug 1-4
Along with more than 1000 international attendees, representatives and certified suppliers from the CGLCC came together in Las Vegas for the 15th NGLCC Conference. It was an amazing opportunity to network on the international stage and to hear from policy-makers, innovative entrepreneurs and outstanding keynote speakers.
There are programs and resources to help you find traction in international markets.
Consider participation in the following initiative:
New Exporters to Border States (NEBS) program
The NEBS program has been around for 30+ years – and it works.
Registration is open for the next New Exporters to Border States (NEBS) program, which will take place on September 27th and 28th.
As a company dedicated to helping people to see a different side of their world, pride takes flight with Delta Air Lines. We share the CGLCC’s vision that forging diverse connections is the key to a thriving and inclusive Canadian economy.
Whether through continued corporate sponsorship or enthusiastic participation, Delta Air Lines has a longstanding commitment to community involvement that promotes LGBTQ initiatives for equality, diversity, and prideful progress towards a better connected world.
When you are a global company with over 420,000 employees, offering 100 services in 80 countries, supplier diversity is a business imperative. Many corporations have an employee diversity program, yet they neglect supplier diversity.
At Sodexo, we consciously build diversity into our supply chain. We proactively align ourselves with underrepresented suppliers, including the LGBTQ community. We forge a diversity of partnerships in the marketplace. These collaborations position us to deliver the best value to our customers and the communities we serve. Our diverse vendors enable us to source a diversity of products and services. And this gives us a competitive edge. When our partners flourish, they spur economic and social growth. This ripple effect is why Sodexo actively seeks out ways to integrate diverse suppliers in our day-to-day business.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Toronto – June 16, 2017: The Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), with support from the Province of Ontario through the Ontario150 program, and in collaboration with partners across the province, launched the Ontario LGBTQ Youth Entrepreneur Program – #OUTForBusiness – at the 5th Annual LGBT Summit of the Americas in Toronto.
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NATIONAL GAY AND LESBIAN CHAMER OF COMMERCE GLOBAL LGBT SUMMIT OF THE AMERICAS
TORONTO JUNE 14-16, 2017
WHAT: Top LGBT entrepreneurs and business owners will come together to share best practices, meet with corporate leaders interested in diverse suppliers, and identify barriers to growth and overall success when the CGLCC (Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce), hosts the NGLCC (National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce) Global 5th Annual LGBT Summit of the Americas.
Toronto - April 3, 2017 - The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), in partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) of the United States, will host the NGLCC Global 5th Annual LGBT Summit of the Americas in Toronto, Canada June 14-16, 2017 at the InterContinental Yorkville hotel.
This year’s Summit brings together leaders and experts from government, corporations, entrepreneurship, academia, and global economic development. Through educational programming and networking, the Summit will strengthen the ecosystem that supports the advancement of economic and social development of LGBT entrepreneurs and the LGBT community at large, here in Canada, the Americas, and globally.
Toronto, Ontario – January 20, 2017 – Almost 30% of LGBT employees report experiencing discrimination in the workplace*. While protecting employees from discrimination is both a legal and ethical responsibility for employers, and is generally spelled out in anti-harassment policies, there is often a disconnect between policy and practice. The Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) believes that the topic of LGBT inclusion needs to be integrated into employee training programs. The CGLCC, in collaboration with LGBT-certified consultant Annemarie Shrouder, has dedicated resources to the development of LGBT Diversity and Inclusion Training Online, an educational initiative to help employers meet this need.