Olivia Nuamah is a community builder, mother, and artist.
As Pride Toronto’s Executive Director, she brings almost 25 years of experience working in both the non-profit and government sectors. Her experience as a DJ in the Toronto and England club scenes has given her a unique understanding of the representation of trans and queer artists in cultural spaces and is driving her goals as she looks to the future of Pride.
Olivia is excited to curate a lineup for Pride 2017 that inspires people and that gives opportunities to local artists and musicians. She is committed to promoting new artists and creating programming that everybody will enjoy and can see themselves reflected in.
Collin Joseph is an accomplished entertainment director who delivers high quality, premier events. He built a positive and unique reputation in the entertainment and sponsorship business by mobilizing energetic and diverse teams of volunteers, vendors and musical artists.
Prior to joining Pride Toronto, Collin managed the entertainment program for the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. He produced the Pan Am torch relay celebration and has worked with the National Hockey League, Roy Thompson and Massey Halls. His goal-oriented leadership and focus on operational excellence will add tremendous value to Pride Toronto’s 2017 festival.
He is looking forward to working with Pride Toronto’s passionate and dedicated team of volunteers to host one of the best festivals in the country.
Development & Special Events Director
Amber is a non-profit professional with more than 10 years of experience in event coordination, procurement, volunteer management, sponsorship and fund development. Her passion for Pride started when she stood as the Dyke March coordinator in 2012-2013. Amber’s previous work experience includes supporting the development department and producing events at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, working as the Manager of Events at The 519 Manager, and most recently as the Manager of Sponsorships and Special Events with Artscape. Amber is excited that her career path has led her back to supporting her community and assisting in producing one of the City of Toronto’s key festivals.
Volunteer Program Manager
Coming from a leadership development background, Bobby has what it takes to support, mentor and energize Pride Toronto’s volunteers! For the last three years, Bobby has worked to end LGBTQ+ discrimination amongst youth on a local and national level by managing university students across North America to combat bullying and discrimination. Bobby is no stranger to Pride festivals, having worked closely with our friends at Halifax Pride as the Community Events Lead. He will never forget his first Pride Toronto festival, witnessing his queer siblings come together to dance, scream, cry, remember, and most importantly, to be proud.
Bobby is most excited to work with Pride Toronto’s greatest asset: its volunteers. To him, our community is like no other; he will work tirelessly to make Pride all that it can be.
Communications & Community Relations Manager
Ryan Connelly has been a strong communicator since uttering his very first sentence: “I don’t like that!” Though still strong-willed and principled as ever, there’s plenty he’s come to like in the past 30 years – joking around with his nearest and dearest, seeing the world, and reading voraciously (to name but a few). Prior to joining Pride Toronto, Ryan enjoyed a number of different communications and public affairs roles with the WSIB, including policy spokesperson, stakeholder relations, and internal communications. Ryan is big on three things: laughter, positivity and community empowerment; all of which he is proud to bring to his role as Pride Toronto’s Manager of Communications and Community Relations!
Ryan is most excited to meet Pride Toronto staff, volunteers and members, whose insight will be invaluable in shaping the way we communicate with each other and with the community. He is looking forward to the opportunity to both learn about you and from you.