Board and Staff

Conseil d'administration et personnel

The Fierté Canada Pride Board is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the organization. Composed of representatives from across Canada, the Board of Directors work to fulfil the organization’s mandate and connect with Pride organizations nationwide. Directors are elected annually during the FCP Conference and AGM by the membership. Positions include executive and regional directors that represent every region of Canada.

Fierté Canada Pride also has Staff that support the organization on a regular basis in key areas including national strategy, tourism, and communications.

Alessandro Iachelli

Alessandro Iachelli

President (Acting) & Secretary

Born in England and raised globally, Alessandro (He/Him), a queer European immigrant, has travelled extensively. He has always connected to various cultures/communities and seen ...Read More

Alessandro Iachelli

Alessandro Iachelli

President (Acting) & Secretary
Born in England and raised globally, Alessandro (He/Him), a queer European immigrant, has travelled extensively. He has always connected to various cultures/communities and seen first-hand many of the injustices in the world. With experience in business as well as in volunteer organisations, he has made Vancouver Island his home since June 2015. He is actively involved in various non-profit and community endeavours as he strongly believes in giving back to the community.
As former Nanaimo Pride President, Alessandro joined the Board of FCP in February 2020, to serve as Regional Director, bringing administrative, organisational, project management, communications, networking, and interpersonal skills to the role as well as 30 years of community and volunteer involvement. Since then, he has become a strong advocate for underrepresented voices and pride organisations on Vancouver Island and smaller communities across British Columbia while simultaneously promoting FCP at every opportunity. During his tenure, he has been an active FCP Director, serving on the Human Resources and the Communications Committees, and occasionally helping the Governance Committee in the FCP restructuring process over 2020 – 2021. He also stepped up to serve as interim Secretary in October 2020 when the previous incumbent resigned. Since then, in collaboration with the Board, Ambassadors, and staff, he has dedicated numerous hours to helping improve the efficiency and effectiveness of FCP. Over this past year, he attended board and committee meetings scrupulously.
Issues of consequence have given him an opportunity to reflect on his place in society and the privilege afforded as a Caucasian gay cisgender male. Through his involvement with FCP (and Nanaimo Pride) he has met many individuals from marginalised communities who have shared their lived experiences and demonstrated how to be a better ally. Back home, he encouraged the NPS Board to embrace significant changes to bylaws and to prioritise the inclusion of marginalised and underrepresented communities on the Board of Directors and led the effort to recognise our responsibility as a pride organisation to speak out about racism and other issues of importance. He embarked on a mission to build partnerships with community organisations, leaders and stakeholders.
He appreciates participating in the decision-making processes of the FCP and recognizing individual agency in decolonising rigid structures. It is his hope to prioritise engaging with Councils even more and to advancing FCP’s work under a new structure that will lift all voices in the Canadian Pride Movement.
Alessandro has varied interests, such as arts & culture, computers/technology, reading, fashion, cinema, food, news & politics, animals, volunteering & travel. He lives in Nanaimo with his partner, Mike, and their Shiba Inu, Nux.
Land Acknowledgement:

We live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish Peoples – Snuneymuxw, Snaw-naw-as, and Stz'uminus – and pay respect for that privilege. Hay ch qa.

British Columbia
Jess Smith

Jess Smith

Vice-President Governance

Jess Smith (they/them)

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, they honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstís, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practice...Read More

Jess Smith

Jess Smith

Vice-President Governance

Jess Smith (they/them)

In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, they honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstís, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. They acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland.

Jess is a genderqueer white settler currently living in Moh’kinsstís (colonially: Calgary, Alberta),  Treaty 7 Territory. They are originally from Kjipuktuk (colonially: Halifax, Nova Scotia), ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People. They are the parent of a 19-year-old and work as Governance and Funding Proposal Coordinator for a non-profit organization.Jess also uses their skills as a content creator to complement their training in social media platforms to assist 2SLGBTQ+ community members (small businesses, non-profits, and entertainers) with their online presence as a digital producer. With a passion for live digital content, Jess developed an online production model during the onset of the pandemic, which brought both media attention around queer culture and opportunities to develop the skills of other 2SLGBTQ+ community members on an international level. They have previously sat on the boards of Halifax Pride Society, Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project,  and East Coast Rainbow Softball Association.They also can be recognized by their drag king persona, Pat McCox, winning the titles of Mr. Fall Fest, Mx. Queer Halifax and 2020  Performance of the Year. Jess currently sits on the board of Fierté Canada Pride as Vice President of Governance and is helping to lead the organization through governance and policy restructure to move to a more council-centred governance model.

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Nova Scotia
Rick Andre

Rick Andre

Vice-President Membership

Rick Andre (he / him) born and raised to settlers in the unceded traditional territory of the Okanagan Syilx people in South Okanagan Valley, BC. He indentifys as a gay white male...Read More

Rick Andre

Rick Andre

Vice-President Membership

Rick Andre (he / him) born and raised to settlers in the unceded traditional territory of the Okanagan Syilx people in South Okanagan Valley, BC. He indentifys as a gay white male. He has been involved in the pride movement for a number of years. He also currently sits as the 2021 InterPride Co-Chair of Member Services as well as the President of the Kelowna Pride Society. His day job is as a General Manager of the Kanata Kelowna Hotel. He enjoys traveling both locally and internationally.

Matt Burke

Matt Burke

Treasurer

Matt Burke (He/Him) is an accountant who has been involved with the pride movement since 2014 first with Halifax Pride and then FCP. When not doing accounting or pride things he ca...Read More

Matt Burke

Matt Burke

Treasurer

Matt Burke (He/Him) is an accountant who has been involved with the pride movement since 2014 first with Halifax Pride and then FCP. When not doing accounting or pride things he can be found training for his next marathon and cycling adventure.

Nova Scotia
Azza Rojbi

Azza Rojbi

Director at Large

Azza (She/Her) is a queer African immigrant and a human rights and social justice activist living on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish a...Read More

Azza Rojbi

Azza Rojbi

Director at Large
Azza (She/Her) is a queer African immigrant and a human rights and social justice activist living on the ancestral, traditional, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil Waututh nations. She was born in Tunisia and moved with her family to Vancouver in 2010. Azza is a web developer and technology consultant. She is a former board member of Vancouver Pride Society (2014-2020) and currently a member of the Burnaby Pride Working Group. Azza is committed to social justice activism, human rights and the struggle for LGBTQAI2S+ rights across Canada and the world!

 

I would like to acknowledge the ancestral, traditional and unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) nations on which I live, work and learn. I hope you will join me in taking a moment to reflect on the responsibility we each have to Indigenous nations to recognize, respect and support their historic and inalienable rights.

Caitlin Hartlen

Caitlin Hartlen

Director at Large

Since leaving her morning show position in Fort Frances and moving to Dryden in 2020, Caitlin (She/her) has taken on a new role with the Dryden Native Friendship Centre, engaging I...Read More

Caitlin Hartlen

Caitlin Hartlen

Director at Large

Since leaving her morning show position in Fort Frances and moving to Dryden in 2020, Caitlin (She/her) has taken on a new role with the Dryden Native Friendship Centre, engaging Indigenous youth in healthy activities and nutrition, while navigating the challenges of delivering social services during a pandemic. She also hosts a queer podcast called Out of Context, launched in 2020. Caitlin is nothing if not passionate about advocacy for the queer community, especially in the realms of inclusion and intersectionality, and is excited to continue her work with Fierté Canada Pride.

Caitlin now lives in the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Métis people of Treaty Three. The Anishinaabe are the original caretakers of this land and called this place Paawidigong, meaning "place of the rapids", which is now known as Dryden.  This land is important to the people of Migisi Sahgaigan (Eagle Lake First Nation), Waabigonii Zaaga’igan (Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation) as well as the Métis people of the area and the residents of Dryden

Dana Marsh

Dana Marsh

Director at Large

Dana (they/them) is originally from Tk'əmlúps (colonially known as Kamloops) and now resides on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikan...Read More

Dana Marsh

Dana Marsh

Director at Large
Dana (they/them) is originally from Tk'əmlúps (colonially known as Kamloops) and now resides on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation (Region 3), and all people who make their homes in the Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. They have been involved with FCP since 2018, in a variety of roles including Women's Council Chair and Board President.
 
A queer nonbinary femme who grew up in rural Alberta, Dana now teaches at post-secondary institutions in Edmonton and Calgary, specializing in programming, data analytics, and design, and volunteers with organizations supporting 2SLGBTQ+ communities. They have also developed guest lectures on diversity in analytics, and a lunch & learn on gender and sex called Gender 101. They live in Mohkínstsis (colonially known as Calgary) with their partner and their 2 pups: a pitbull and a chihuahua.
Alberta
J. Tyler Moss

J. Tyler Moss

Director at Large

Tyler Moss (He/HIm) was born and raised, and currently lives in Saskatoon, SK, but has called both Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia home along the way....Read More

J. Tyler Moss

J. Tyler Moss

Director at Large

Tyler Moss (He/HIm) was born and raised, and currently lives in Saskatoon, SK, but has called both Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta and Vancouver, British Columbia home along the way.  He works at and is involved in research activities at the University of Saskatchewan, as well serves on a number of provincial boards and committees relating to health care patient advocacy in the province.

Tyler's love of travelling has taken him from sea to shining sea, with many stops across our beautiful country, and beyond.  While he enjoys spending time with family and friends, he loves being the best doggy-dad to his little sidekick, Rocky.

Tyler acknowledges that he is on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis.  He pays his respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place and reaffirms his relationship with the land and its people.

Jacq Brasseur

Jacq Brasseur

National Director

Jacq Brasseur (they/them) is a francophone, bigender, bisexual, white settler who was born and raised in Yellowknife, NT and has been involved in Pride organizing since they were a...Read More

Jacq Brasseur

Jacq Brasseur

National Director

Jacq Brasseur (they/them) is a francophone, bigender, bisexual, white settler who was born and raised in Yellowknife, NT and has been involved in Pride organizing since they were a teenager. Owing their success to the original founders of OutNorth, Jacq was part of a group of passionate queer and allied Northerners who co-founded NWT Pride in 2012, the first multi-day Pride festival in the Northwest Territories. Because of their love of Pride festival organizing, Jacq became the first Northern Regional Director of Fierté Canada Pride, from 2017-2019, where they advocated for a more inclusive organization for Northern and youth-led Prides. In 2018, Jacq was honoured to be named as a Grand Marshal of Fierté Montréal Pride.

Jacq is also a co-founder of the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife and was part of the team that opened the first 2SLGBTQ+ youth centre in Northern Canada. After their departure as Executive Director of the Rainbow Coalition of Yellowknife, Jacq joined the UR Pride Centre for Sexuality and Gender Diversity, a 2SLGBTQ+ community centre in Regina, Saskatchewan, as their Executive Director in May 2017. Since coming to Regina, Jacq has been actively involved in 2SLGBTQ+ organizing as a founding board member of The Enchanté Network / Le réseau Enchanté in 2019 and as the Treasurer/Secretary of TransSask Support Services, Inc. from 2017-2019.

In their new role as National Director for Fierté Canada Pride, Jacq is excited to bring their knowledge of grant-writing, non-profit governance, and alternative decision-making models to the organization. They are also excited about supporting the expertise of the FCP Councils and developing non-hierarchical or decentralized structures that prioritize the voices of Two-Spirit & Indigiqueer people, Black people, queer & trans People of Colour, trans & non-binary femmes, and trans women in Pride movements across this country.

When they’re not working, Jacq enjoys watching good tv, doing graphic design, playing video games, and eating cactus cut potatoes from Boston Pizza.

Jackie Obungah

Jackie Obungah

Program Manager

Jackie (she/her) is a Black African femme living and working on the occupied Coast Salish territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwə...Read More

Jackie Obungah

Jackie Obungah

Program Manager

Jackie (she/her) is a Black African femme living and working on the occupied Coast Salish territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples.

Jackie is eternally grateful to Indigenous folks who have cared for and stewarded the land since time immemorial and continue to do so.

She spends her time curating spaces for dialogue and participating in mutual aid efforts in her community. She has been intentional in dedicating time to learn her indigenous languages and speak them more often. Recently, she has been focusing on holding valuable spaces of care for Black youth and practicing resource redistribution. Jackie spends her time reveling in the optimism of Afro-futurist worlds of solidarity, joy, and Black liberation.

In her role as the new FCP Program Manager, Jackie is excited about building capacity among the team and the communities we seek to serve.

Nicole Utulinde

Nicole Utulinde

Communications & Member Engagement Coordinator

Nicole Utulinde (She/Her) is an Afro-Canadian Queer woman based in Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montréal) on the unceded territory of the Kanien'kéha people. Her educational backgr...Read More

Nicole Utulinde

Nicole Utulinde

Communications & Member Engagement Coordinator

Nicole Utulinde (She/Her) is an Afro-Canadian Queer woman based in Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montréal) on the unceded territory of the Kanien'kéha people. Her educational background is centred around the arts (fashion and music) and has held positions ranging from customer service, insurance and administrative assistant. Outside of work Nicole is passionate about music, dance, cooking, and enjoys road trips in the summer and walks by the water.

Zackary Derrick

Zackary Derrick

Administrative Coordinator

Zackary Derrick (they/them) is a white settler queer and nonbinary community organizer based in Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montreal) on stolen Kanien'kéha territory. Since 2016, Z...Read More

Zackary Derrick

Zackary Derrick

Administrative Coordinator

Zackary Derrick (they/them) is a white settler queer and nonbinary community organizer based in Tiohtià:ke (also known as Montreal) on stolen Kanien'kéha territory. Since 2016, Zackary has been working with various community organizations dedicated to anti-oppression. They deeply value intersectional solidarity across movements and have been involved in survivor support, gender advocacy, Indigenous solidarity work and fighting prison (in)justice.

Most recently, Zackary served as the President of the First Peoples Studies Member Association at Concordia University. They are now pursuing a Master’s degree in the School of Public Health & Social Policy at the University of Victoria where they hope to continue furthering the needs of 2SLGBTQ+ communities in the realm of health, community research and policy advocacy.  

When not in the office, Zackary enjoys board games, baking and snuggling up with their cat, Mr. Pancake. 

 

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