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New World: 2021 Digital LGBT+ Global Business Summit

Jun 7, 2021 - Jun 10, 2021
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June 7, 2021 12:00 am - June 10, 2021 12:00 am

The future of business has arrived.

Driven by unrelenting digital disruption and rapidly reinventing industries, step into the New World – 4 days of rich content, 37 sessions, networking opportunities with LGBT+ and allied members, certified suppliers, corporate and government partners to take your business from survive to thrive.

Why you should join us:

  • Thought leadership from business leaders who champion a diverse Canadian economy.
  • One-to-one matchmaking sessions to take your business to the next level.
  • Virtual networking opportunities with an unstoppable community of changemakers.
  • Inclusive digital experience aimed to educate, connect and grow the LGBT+ business community.

Speakers

Beata Caranci
Chief Economist and SVP – TD Bank Group
Beata Caranci is the Chief Economist and SVP for TD Bank Group. She joined TD in 2003 and leads an agile team of economists tasked with delivering economic content on Canadian and U.S. stress test regulatory requirements, as well as baseline forecasts and research publications for TD clients. The team delivers on a wide scope of research, covering the Canadian, U.S., and global economies. Beata is TD’s Chair for the Expected Credit Loss Scenario Governance, sits on TD’s Retirement Investment Committee and is a member of the C.D Howe Institute’sMonetary Policy Council. She is also a member of the Economic Council at the American Bankers Association.

Beata is a passionate supporter of TD’s diversity initiatives and has dedicated more than a decade to researching and driving awareness among Canadian policymakers on the labour market friction experienced by women. Her research report, “Get on Board Corporate Canada,” helped influence the Ontario Securities Commission’s rule amendments on disclosure of women on boards and in senior management.

A separate report deconstructed the educational system and workplace environment for women in STEM fields, leading to an invitation to appear at the Senate Open Caucus to discuss policy prescriptions to counter systemic biases. Beata’s distinguished evidenced-based research combined with the breadth of her role as Chief Economist for TD Bank earned her the Professional category award by WXN’s 2019 Canada’s Most Powerful Women. Beata holds a Master’s Degree in Business Economics. Prior to joining TD, she worked nearly four years on a trading floor providing economic analysis to foreign exchange, money market and bond desks.
Beata Caranci
Chief Economist and SVP – TD Bank Group
Ralph Moore
President – RGMA
Ralph G. Moore, CPA, began his lifelong pursuit of economic justice over 50 years when he joined the picket lines at A&P Stores with Reverend Jesse Jackson in 1968. He started his work in minority business development after leaving Arthur Andersen & Co. to become V.P. of a Chicago-Based Minority Enterprise Small Business Investment Company in 1974. While there, he worked with Congressman Parren Mitchell (D-MD) and Reginald L. Lewis, which inspired him to start RGMA in 1979.

Mr. Moore was the lead trainer for NMSDC for 24 years. He conducted over 100 seminars for the national office and 22 of the regional councils, which has resulted in RGMA having trained more supplier diversity professionals than any other firm worldwide. Also, Mr. Moore developed the Corporate Plus Forum for NMSDC and led the annual Forum for 15 years. Fourteen members of the prestigious Billion Dollar Roundtable are among the major corporations that have retained RGMA over the years. Current and former RGMA clients include The Walt Disney Corporation, EY, DuPont, Dow, UBS, United Airlines, McDonald’s, the United States Tennis Association, and Major League Baseball. RGMA has also advised hundreds of emerging businesses through contracts with the US Small Business Administration, the Minority Business Development Agency, and the Illinois Department of Transportation.

Ralph Moore is the author of the RGMA Five Levels of Supplier Diversity maturity model, embraced as the gold standard for benchmarking supplier diversity initiatives. Mr. Moore is proud of his participation in two NMSDC training missions to advance supplier diversity throughout the Republic of South Africa after Nelson Mandela’s election. Other global assignments include leading seminars in France, the United Kingdom, and Canada. Mr. Moore is also a member of the Procter & Gamble and Macy’s Supplier Diversity Advisory Councils. Also, Ralph Moore is an Advisor to APC Holdings, a private equity firm that
leverages mergers and acquisitions to develop scalable, diverse suppliers. He has also served on the NMSDC Corporation of the Year Committee.

Mr. Moore has served on the boards of Junior Achievement of Chicago, Chicago Minority Supplier Development Council, Habilitative Systems, Inc. City Colleges of Chicago, University of Chicago Medicine, and the Chicago History Museum. In the private sector, Ralph Moore has served on Sentinel Technologies’ board for over 30 years. Sentinel is a privately held, non-minority-owned technology firm with more than 500 employees. He also
serves on AGB Investigative Services’ advisory board, the largest minority-owned security firm in America with over 1000 employees.

His awards and recognitions include the Ron Brown Award from the Chicago Minority Business Development Council and the National Minority Supplier Development Council’s coveted Leadership Award. Mr. Moore’s induction into the Southern Illinois University College of Business Hall of fame was a special honor. He served on the SIU College of Business Advisory Board for 25 years and graduated with honors, earning a B.S. Degree in Accounting.
Ralph Moore
President – RGMA
Tony Chapman
Host – Small Business Matters
Tony Chapman is one of Canada’s leading communication experts. The media has labelled him a Marketing Guru and he is an authority on how to build brands, and sell strategically and profitably in today’s volatile marketplace. Tony has been at the forefront of pioneering innovative marketing and sales tactics, including social media, and many consider him a trailblazer for the strategies he has deployed to reinvent how companies engage with their consumers and customers and navigate the changing landscape. He has founded and successfully sold two internationally renowned advertising agencies, Communique and Capital C, and co-founded Fresh Intelligence. Tony was the driving force behind such campaigns as Land of Cadbury, Pepsi Pop Life, PepsiCo Wal-Mart USA Growth Strategy, Bridezilla, Kraft Hockeyville, Dove Sleepover for Self Esteem, Sun Life Money for Life and the Nissan Innovation Challenge. His agencies have collectively won over 100 national and international awards including the much-coveted Agency of the Year. Tony has worked with organizations locally and globally, in the private, public and not for profit sectors. Beyond his role as a Founder and CEO, Tony’s body of work includes being a host, facilitator, strategic creator, provocative debater, ideator, and keynote speaker at conferences around the world. He is also a noted contributor on television and radio, with weekly appearances on prime time television and radio, and has been featured in documentaries on the CBC, the BBC and Australian Television. Passionate, provocative, opinionated and relevant, with an engaging personality, he speaks on a range of issues including consumerism, business strategy, politics, the economy, as well as branding and marketing. He is a mentor who shares his knowledge with students and invests in the next generation of media entrepreneurs. A visionary and builder, Tony’s cumulative contributions to the industry over three decades were recognized when he was inducted as one of the youngest members into the Marketing Hall of Legends (2008).
Tony Chapman
Host – Small Business Matters
Monica H. Kang
Monica H. Kang – Founder & CEO – InnovatorsBox®
Monica H. Kang is the Founder & CEO of InnovatorsBox®, the Author of Rethink Creativity: How to Innovate, Inspire, and Thrive at Work and the Host of two Podcasts—Dear Workplace and Curious Monica. She is an internationally recognized expert in workplace creativity who facilitates culture transformation, leadership development, and team building in a way that is fun, actionable, and relatable. Monica provides consulting, training, facilitation, and keynote speaking to clients worldwide including Fortune 500 companies, higher education institutions, government agencies, and nonprofits. She also supports organizations, professionals, and entrepreneurs through the InnovatorsBox® Academy and the programs she co-creates with her strategic partners including Adapt to Grow and Culture of Analytics. Monica’s work has been recognized by The White House, Ashoka Changemakers, National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC), and Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Prior to founding InnovatorsBox®, Monica was a nuclear nonproliferation policy expert. She holds an M.A. from SAIS Johns Hopkins University in Strategic Studies and International Economics and a B.A. from Boston University.
Monica H. Kang
Monica H. Kang – Founder & CEO – InnovatorsBox®
Alex Varicchio
Co-owner – Uphouse
Alex Varricchio leads UpHouse, a profitable and nimble marketing agency, that has earned international and national marketing awards and has provided over $300,000 of in-kind and pro bono marketing support to not-for-profit and organizations. He and UpHouse co-founder, Kiirsten May, have also published a book, The Proximity Paradox, which was released internationally in 2020, and have developed the crowdsourced brainstorming tool, Crainstorm, which champions good ideas through collaboration and the collision of diverse viewpoints. Alex also won CGLCC’s National Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award winner.

Alex had over a decade of agency experience before starting UpHouse in 2017. The agency is devoted to elevating in-house marketing teams and the brands they promote. Noticing a trend in businesses struggling to bring marketing work in-house, Alex created a collaborative business model based on filling in the gaps – not replacing in-house talent or duplicating efforts but supplementing teams and their work.
Alex Varicchio
Co-owner – Uphouse
Raia “Coach” Carey
Coach Carey
As a 3x Certified Life Coach and motivational speaker, Raia is passionate about encouraging others to tap into the confidence they never knew they had. After overcoming various hardships, she was able to transform her mindset and begin a career that empowers others to do the same.

By openly sharing her triumphs and tribulations, Raia’s vulnerability helps foster a welcoming and safe environment in every room she enters. She strives to inspire and lead those around her by providing unwavering support, guidance, and motivation.

By equipping clients with tangible tools to implement in their daily lives, she steers her community towards self-awareness, resilience, and sustainable success.
Raia “Coach” Carey
Coach Carey
Mike Pacholok
Chief Procurement Officer – City of Toronto
Michael Pacholok became the Chief Purchasing Officer for the City of Toronto in 2012, with oversight of close to $2 billion spent on goods and services per year. In the role of Chief Purchasing Officer, Michael leads a professional staff of approximately 140 and has been instrumental in leading large scale procurement transformations within the City. These transformations include the implementing Category Management and Strategic Sourcing, implementing SAP Ariba, implementing the first municipal Social Procurement Program that focuses on supply chain diversity and workforce development and introducing changes to the Purchasing By-law to be compliant with the CanadaEuropean Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Prior to his current position, Michael was a municipal lawyer with the City’s Legal Services department providing legal advice on the public procurement process to the Purchasing and Materials Management Division and legal advice on environmental matters, contracts and other municipal matters to the City’s Solid Waste Management Services. Michael graduated from University of Toronto with a Juris Doctor in 2005 and from Queen’s University with a B.A.H. in Computer Science and Economics.
Mike Pacholok
Chief Procurement Officer – City of Toronto
Abby Sugar
Founder and CEO – Play Out Apparel
Abby Sugar is the Founder and CEO of Play Out Apparel. Having worked as a writer, editor, and independent personal trainer, Abby is a lifelong learner and taught herself business and fashion after graduating from Barnard College in English lit. She graduated from The Founder Institute Silicon Valley Winter 2020 cohort and is proud to be an FI Select Portfolio company. As an outgoing, unapologetically queer startup founder, she strives to be a leading voice in and for the LGBTQ+ community. Abby’s entrepreneurial spirit and unique personal style give her an outsider’s advantage in the world of fashion and DTC startup ecosystem.
Abby Sugar
Founder and CEO – Play Out Apparel
Michela Toscano
Principal Technology Architect – IONICA
Michela is an entrepreneur and technologist based in Vancouver, BC., where she is principal of IONICA, a cloud computing and cyber security firm with clients across Canada and around the world.

In addition to IONICA’s commitment to their clients and cutting-edge technology, the firm is dedicated to fostering positive social impact. They work to make the world more just, equitable, and sustainable. As part of this mission, the firm donates a significant portion of company profits to charity each year. To date, IONICA’s cumulative donations exceed $130,000.

Michela holds a master’s degree in business administration, with specialisations in technology and marketing from the University of British Columbia, and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Outside of work, Michela enjoys running, cycling, music, spending time with her dogs and her partner, art, learning the French language, programming, and political and social activism.
Michela Toscano
Principal Technology Architect – IONICA

Sponsorship Opportunities

Does your company want to support and engage with LGBT+ entrepreneurs in Canada? CGLCC’s 2021 Global Business Summit is being hosted virtually for a unique, digital experience full of business building, innovative entrepreneurship stories, and unparalleled procurement connections.

Become a sponsor of this event and gain access to a network of like minded individuals and businesses who are working to create a more inclusive community. For more information contact paige@cglcc.ca.