Businessman, philanthropist, and writer Mark S. Bonham of Toronto, Canada has been recognized by OUTstanding and the Financial Times of London (UK) as a 2017 Leading LGBT Global Business Executive.
WireService.ca Media Release (10/26/2017) TORONTO, ON – In making the announcement in London (UK) today, many of Mark’s contributions to Canada’s LGBT business and education community were noted. Mark is the author of the newly released book ‘A Path to Diversity: LGBTQ Participation in the Working World’, a supporter and keynote speaker for several advocacy groups on various topics about the LGBT+ presence in the workplace, a contributing author to The Canadian Encyclopedia, and has provided several annual Bonham Scholarships for LGBT+ students to pursue post-secondary business studies programs. Externally he is the benefactor and Board Member of The Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto, the world’s largest degree-granting research centre on LGBT+ issues. He was the lead donor to the newly expanded Casey House AIDS Hospice and co-chaired the successful fundraising campaign for the new LGBT Homeless Youth Centre, both located in Toronto. Mark is also founder and Managing Editor of the online biographical encyclopedia QueerBio.Com, and an Advisory Board Member for the Inside Out LGBTQ Film Festival, Canada’s largest LGBT+ film festival.
Those on the OUTstanding-Financial Times’ Leading LGBT and Ally lists were nominated by peers and colleagues. All nominations were reviewed by OUTstanding’s judging panel and scored on the seniority and influence of the nominee’s role, impact on LGBT inclusion inside and outside the workplace and business achievements.
Suki Sandhu, the Founder & CEO of OUTstanding, stated “These lists exist to challenge the assumption you cannot be out and successful in business, and to highlight the importance of role models in inspiring the next generation of business leaders. By recognizing and celebrating those who are leading the charge, the lists demonstrate how far the quest for workplace equality has come. But there is always more to be done. Big business and the public sector have the power and influence to promote LGBT+ inclusion more widely, paving the way for real societal change around the world.”
“I am very honoured and excited to receive this international recognition for my work and LGBT activism” stated Mark. “It gives me great motivation to continue working for global change on these human rights issues.”