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OutSport Toronto Board of Directors

OUTSPORT TORONTO is governed by a fifteen-person board of directors who are either nominated and endorsed by their member organisation to stand for election as a director, or who have been selected from the broader community as individuals who support the mission statement of OUTSPORT TORONTO, wish to contribute to that mission, and are themselves actively involved in sport.

Looking for Directors!

OUTSPORT TORONTO currently has two vacant director positions, and we're looking for good candidates to help govern the organisation and move OUTSPORT TORONTO forward. If you're interested in getting involved at the board level, you can either complete the volunteering form found here making sure to check off that you're interested in becoming a director, or eMail, stating your interest in serving on the board. One of our executive will get back to you. For a list of board positions and descriptions, cllick here.

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Lyle Brockman

Lyle Brockman joins us as Treasurer.  He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.  His career has placed him in senior financial roles at entrepreneurial and multi-national corporations.

Lyle's first foray into Toronto's LGBT sports environment was through the Toronto Gay Football Leaugue.  He has played three seasons in the league, and was proud to join its rep team, the Canadian Mounties, at the Chicago Pride Bowl of 2013.  In addition to playing, Lyle has also volunteered his time as a sideline referee to support the leauge.

Lyle has been an enthusiastic participant with the Toronto Triggerfish Water Polo team since October 2012.  With a background in competitive swimming, he continues to adapt to a very demanding and strategic game.  He has played in a number of tournaments on its Recreational team, including a Silver standing at Outsports 2013 in Antwerp and a fun time at Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland.  Lyle also volunteered as Tournament Director for Toronto's annual international LGBT water polo tournament, Polopalooza 2014.

Of all aspects of these activities, Lyle has enjoyed the camraderie the most.  He's had the opportunity to meet so many great people while playing in gay-friendly environments.  He just wished he had started earlier!
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Ryan Degen
Director, Communications and Public Relations

Ryan Degen is a Toronto based PR and Communications Professional.  His experience in PR and communications started as a part-time job for NuBelt Fashion as their social media coordinator.  After receiving an H.B.A. in English, he began studying PR and Professional Communications at Humber College to further refine his skill-set.

Throughout his undergraduate career at the University of Toronto, Ryan volunteered for  LGBTOUT, a campus Queer and Trans group.

Ryan is an avid hiker, often visiting Mono Cliffs Provincial Park and the Bruce Trial, weather permitting.
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Christine Hsu
Director at Large

Christine Hsu is a fitness professional (personal trainer, group fitness/bootcamp class instructor) and currently an events coordinator in physical activity promotions to the students population at University of Toronto, particularly the LGBT community on campus.  She is also a sports inclusion advocate in the LGBTQ community, where she is constantly looking for ways to make our recreational leagues as inclusive, welcoming and engaging as possible.  Her passions lie in sports, physical activity, and inclusion and equity in sports.  Growing up as an athlete with an absolute love for teaching and helping people, these passions continue to shape the work she does in the community as a professional and dedicated volunteer.

As an alumni of University of Toronto, she holds a Bachelor of Physical & Health Education and Bachelor of Education - she is also a certified member of Ontario Teachers College.  Her extensive volunteer experience started during her academic career in her co-curricular involvement at U of T.  Her co-curricular involvement and accomplishments were as follows:

  • a goal tender of the Women's Varsity Lacrosse team;
  • Vice President of Equity of the undergraduate association of her faculty;
  • an executive member in coordination for Lead with Pride - LGBT Student Leadership Conference;
  • Chair of UofT Pride Planning Committee;
  • Athletics Director of LGBTOUT; and
  • assistant coach of Junior Blues Girls' Lacrosse Programme.

She has been a frequent workshop facilitator in addressing homophobia and transphobia in sports and physical activity and continues to do so at University of Toronto in her current role.  This line of work also continued upon graduation with PrideHouse TO as an education Specialist and volunteer lead.  Her volunteer work extends to Toronto Distress Centres as a HELP line/Crisis Link volunteer, and recently, as a fitness influencer with IN Magazine.  She is currently the chair for the Women's Division of Toronto Gay Flag Football League, where she seeks to engage as many women and trans folks to be physically active through learning and playing the sport.  Moreover, she hopes to re/create spaces and new spaces to facilitate sports and physical activity, for those who may face more barriers to participate.  More specifically, her goal is to help create and build better, inclusive, and healthier environments to engage people from the various LGBTQ communities in physical activities (with the intersectionality of different identities and anti-oppression framework in mind).  She aims to help improve people's wellness as a whole, particularly in building communities with LGBTQ-identified people of all abilities.

Christine currently stays active playing flag football in her league in the summer, basketball in Rainbow Hoops and leagues alike, and running and training at the gym.  She is always looking for ways to stay active and have fun - this includes learning and playing new games and sports as well as dancing.
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Amy Hu
Director, IT
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Chim Kan
Director, Volunteers

Chim Kan has held many volunteering roles and positions in many organisations over the past ten years.  His main passion is to support non-profit organization in HR, Volunteer Coordination, and Digital and Technology areas.  He has multiple skills and experience in project management,  business, finance, people management, technology management for non-profit organisations, digital marketing, public presentation, and communication.  Among his achievements are:

  • Migration of eMail and collaboration to cloud services for OUTSPORT TORONTO.
  • Obtaining Google Ads Grants ($10K USD / month of Google ads budget) for OUTSPORT TORONTO and Brazil.
  • Recruitment and management of 80 volunteers for Downtown Swimming Club Toronto's Swim Meet in 2013.
  • Establishing an innovative recruitment procedure for Richard Ivey School of Business's LEADER student organisation.
  • Teaching business cases in Macedonia with LEADER Project.

Chim loves to swim and play hockey and he joined Downtown Swimming Club and Toronto Gay Hockey League to further his passions.  His love for swimming and hockey and volunteering work brought him to OUTSPORT TORONTO where he can support OUTSPORT TORONTO’s growth and its member organisations.

Professionally, Chim is a resourceful product manager and business-technology executive with over ten years of experience designing, developing, and pioneering web and mobile apps for consumer and B2B markets in e-commerce, CPG, advertising, and education. He held positions at Fortune 100 firms including Google and Anheuser-Busch InBev, and in start-ups such as BuscaPe.  His strengths include product management, prototyping, working with clients and cross-functional teams, forging internal and external partnerships, and marketing complex products.  He also is proficient in Ruby, Ruby on Rails, HTML5, GIT, CSS3, SQL, and JavaScript.

Chim speaks English, French, Brazilian Portuguese, and Cantonese fluently. He can also communicate in Mandarin when required.

He holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at Western and he has a bachelor degree in Economics from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.  He loves in solving business-technology problems for business and non-profit organizations.
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Yanick Landry
Vice Chair

Yanick Landry is the current president of the long-running Toronto Gay Ski and Snowboarding Club, and of the newly formed Toronto Gay Sailing Club. Under his direction, both organizations joined OUTSPORT TORONTO, which afforded him greater insights into the needs of the LGBTQ Sport’s Community.

While “coming out” late to the sport world, Yanick has been a longtime activist of LGBTQ rights, a founder and first director of the McGill Gay and Lesbian Legal Information Clinic, a first in North America, while a second year law student, convincing the faculty to grant graduating students credits for volunteer hours. He acquired his LL.B and BCL from McGill University where he joined the diving team, before studying for a Masters in Copyrights and Intellectual Property at Université Paris XI.

While his childhood memories of organized sports remain of the bullying type, he took to individual sports: swimming, windsurfing, biking, rollerblading and x-country running in the summer; downhill and x-country skiing in the winter. He also added snowboarding to his winter activities and has recently become an avid fly-fisher in the summer to spend more time with his Dad.

Balancing his career as a talent agent and partner at Newton Landry Management - one of Canada’s foremost talent agencies - with his family life with husband of twenty years Tommy and their adopted greyhound daughters Geisha and Stella, Yanick has previously dedicated his volunteer hours as president of the Talent Agents and Managers Association of Canada (TAMAC) and Greyhounds in Need of Adoption (GiNA).
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Liz McLachlan
Director, Development and Partnerships

Liz McLachlan is the Strategic Alliance Director on the TELUS Customer Solutions team, managing the partnerships with a number of TELUS’ strategic business partners.  Liz joined TELUS in January 2007.

As Alliance Director, Liz oversees the go-to-market partnership and strategy between key strategic partners and TELUS.  Her key responsibilities include creating a strategic relationship driving profitable revenue growth, and leveraging partner and TELUS’ market presence and core competencies to enable differentiated solutions for clients.  Some of the key partners she currently manages are Microsoft, Accenture, VOX Mobile, HP, IBM, and EMC.

Liz also has over 15 years of experience in high technology, software, and telecommunications sectors.  Prior to TELUS, Liz worked at Hewlett-Packard for almost eight years in various sales, business development, and global alliance management roles.  Liz also has extensive sales and business development experience from working at PeopleSoft, Bell Mobility, and Intrawest.

Liz was a founding member of the TELUS LGBTQ Employee Resource group called ‘Spectrum’ and is a member of the national planning committee and also provides leadership in women’s outreach.  She is also a member of Women’s Connections the TELUS Employee Resource Group for women.  Liz sat on the Board of Directors for Community One Foundation for two and a half years, where she co-chaired the Fundraising Committee.  Liz was an advisor to the Board of “Out on Bay Street” for three years.  Out on Bay Street’s is a not-for profit organization where the mission is to provide effective opportunities and resources for our future LGBTQ leaders amongst Canada’s business, law and technology space.  Liz has been a frequent speaker in the LGBTQ Community and recently sat on a panel discussing Homophobia at an all-girls private high school in Toronto.

Liz attended the University of Western Ontario where she earned her Combined Honours Degree in Political Science and English.  She has also completed executive management courses at The Richard Ivey School of Business, The Rotman School of Management, and the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.  Liz recently completed the Not-for-Profit Governance Essentials Program jointly put on by Institute of Corporate Directors and Rotman School of Management.

Liz is a member of Women’s Executive Network where she completed a mentoring program called Wisdom II, and has also frequently volunteers at her daughter’s elementary school.

Liz lives in Toronto and remains active by playing in the Pink Turf Women’s Soccer league for the past three years.  While at The University of Western Ontario, Liz played varsity soccer as Goalkeeper.  Growing up in Guelph, Liz played competitive softball and he team won the National Championships in 1987 which resulted in her and the team being nominated to The Guelph Sports Hall of Fame.  She enjoys golf, skiing, cycling, spinning, and spending time with her nine year old daughter.  She tries to keep up with her daughter Grace who is an exceptional cross country runner, skier, who also is into hip hop dance and ball hockey.
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Catherine Meade
Director, Games

Catherine Meade is the Director, Multi-Sport Games for the City of Toronto.  In this role, she leads the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division’s 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Branch and has ultimate oversight over the 2012 Ontario Summer Games.  She earned a B.P.E. degree from McMaster University; an M.A. degree focused on sport administration and management from the University of Alberta; and an LL.B. degree, cum laude, from the University of Ottawa.

Catherine has a long history of involvement in the LGBT movement.  She was the President of Womonspace, a lesbian social and recreational organisation in Edmonton in the early 1990’s.  She attended the 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2002 Gay Games.  As well, she led city teams preparing for each of those Gay Games and was a member of Toronto’s Bid Team to host the 2002 Gay Games. 

In 2004, Catherine became a founding board member and Co-President of the Gay & Lesbian International Sport Organization (GLISA).  As such, she oversaw the delivery of the 2006 World Outgames in Montreal, the 2005 North American Outgames in Calgary and the 2008 Asia-Pacific Outgames in Melbourne.  In addition, Catherine served on the Site Selection Committee for the 2009 World Outgames in Copenhagen.

Catherine also has an extensive volunteer background in mainstream sport, the highlights of which include working with the 1993 World University Games, the 1994 Commonwealth Games, the 1996 Olympic Games and the 1999 and 2011 Canada Winter Games.  

Through the years, Catherine has served on the boards of the National Association of Women & Law, the Metropolitan Community Church Toronto, the Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project, and numerous other community organisations such as women’s shelters and the Black Educators’ Association.

Before commencing her law degree, Catherine worked as a human rights/equity professional for eight years with organisations such as: the Canadian Human Rights Commission, Acadia University and the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.
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Darin Sameshima
Director, Membership

Darin Sameshima has always had a passion for medicine and healthcare, which led him into the field at an early age.  Darin has been on staff at what is now Trillium Health Partners for the past 18 years, with experience ranging from clinical to enabling services and has recently left his position as Senior Consultant in Organisational Development across the Mississauga Hospital, Credit Valley Hospital and Queensway Health Centre to join the Clinical Management Team at Trillium.  In his previous role, Darin worked with leaders across the organisation to elevate performance against the organisational strategic goals and objectives, and to gain traction on metrics that ultimately enhance the way care is delivered.  Darin holds a Bachelor of Science Degree, a Masters Certificate in Healthcare Leadership from Cornell University, and is a Certified Health Executive with the Canadian College of Health Leaders.

Darin is new to the LGBT sports arena and was parachuted into the scene joining the Toronto Gay Ski and Snowboarding Club in January 2015.  Darin describes the experience as “profound,” and as a result he participated in every event hosted by the club.  The inviting, inclusive nature of the club has prompted Darin to become more broadly involved, with the hopes of replicating this experience for others across the LGBT sports spectrum.  Darin rounded out his leadership roles within the community being on the executive team for the Toronto Gay Sky and Snowboarding Club and is the new Director of Racing and Regattas for the Toronto Gay Sailing Club.

From a sports perspective, while being independent in nature and due to the feeling of exclusion from team sports, Darin gravitated towards sports in which he could excel as an individual.  Darin started both skiing and sailing at an early age, competing at various levels in Canada and the United States.  Darin is a Level II ski instructor and spent his teenage years teaching on the weekends.  In the summer Darin taught sailing and continued to evolve his racing skillset on the J-24 and Melges 24 circuit.

Complementing his in-hospital work, Darin is the Principal of Shark Island Health, an independent Toronto-based healthcare consulting firm.  In his downtime and driven by his love of dogs, Darin is also the owner of a private dog training company, Off the Leash – Dog Training Academy, of which his furry companion Cooper is a graduate.
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Nicole Schmidt

Nicole Schmidt moved to Toronto from Peterborough where she was completed her BA in History and Women’s Studies at Trent University, and the Law Clerk programme at Fleming College.  Her full-time career with a leading Toronto law firm has her engaged in all aspects of supporting a vibrant legal practice, from trial preparations to ensuring legal filings are done properly and in a timely fashion.

Nicole was active in sports throughout her university career, both competitively and recreationally.  She also worked as a lifeguard, swim instructor, and Aquafit instructor for over ten years.  Upon moving to Toronto, Nicole’s love for aquatics and her competitive spirit (and probably pining for the smell of chlorine) paired her with the Toronto Triggerfish Water Polo team.  She is into her second year with the club and is a member of the Executive as the Recreation Representative.  

Nicole has enjoyed the challenge of taking on a new sport and has brought that used that excitement of new opportunities into other aspects of her life.  Nicole’s enthusiasm for sport and fitness has led her to OUTSPORT TORONTO.  As one of the board’s newest member, she is excited to work with an organisation whose values are in line with her own.
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Shawn Sheridan

Shawn Sheridan has been involved in sport in various capacities for more than 25 years. He spent over 15 years actively involved in aquatics as an instructor, lifeguard, swimmer, and examiner for the National Lifeguard Service, over ten years as an avid rock climber, seven years as a horseman, picked up cross-country skiing a couple of years ago, is a sailor, and has dabbled in running, squash, and other sports activities.  As the representative of Crag Crux Climbers (the former LGBT climbing group), he was involved in the formation of OUTSPORT TORONTO as a member of the governance committee, and was appointed its Chair in June of 2010.

Outside of sport, Shawn has held a number of executive-level information technology positions with national and international financial services firms, and has worked as well in consumer packaged goods, retail, insurance, and consulting industries, and runs his own web delivery and information technology company.  He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo with a B.Math in Computer Science.
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Roger Tseng
Director, Community Outreach

As a relative newcomer to Toronto, Roger Tseng looked towards sports as a means to make new friends and stay active.  Participating in LGBT sports, the Toronto Triggerfish in particular, continues to be a rewarding experience in and out of the pool.  In this spirit, he hopes to make a difference for the LGBT sporting community by advocating for participation, by increasing its presence throughout various communities in Toronto, and and by achieving greater recognition of the benefits that the LBGT sporting community can bring.

Roger received his Bachelor of Social Sciences and his Master of Arts from the University of Ottawa.  He currently works at a leading provider of Human Resources Outsourcing services.  Prior to his engagement with OUTSPORT TORONTO, he was active in the Model UN community and spent the previous seven years on the organising team of the world's largest university-level Model UN conference, based in New York.
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OUTSPORT TORONTO is generously funded in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario.

OUTSPORT TORONTO is a member of the Federation of Gay Games and the Gay and Lesbian International Sport Association.