TechToronto.org and Venture Out are​ partnering to improve the inclusivity and representation of the LGBTQ+ community in the Toronto technology ecosystem. This partnership will kick-off ​at the June 11 2018 TechTO event at RBC Waterpark (88 Queens Quay).

Venture Out and TechToronto will work together to ensure more LGBTQ+ founders and tech leaders are represented on stage across all the organization’s technology events, including TechTO, FintechTO, SalesTO, HealthTO, MarketingTO, TravelTechTO, TechVancouver, and TechWaterloo. Both organizations are committed to making the technology community more inclusive.

“Inclusion and diversity is a strong value and mandate of the TechToronto community and is a cornerstone of the Canadian agenda,” says Alex Norman, co-founder of TechToronto. “Venture Out is the ideal partner for TechToronto and we look forward to working with them to ensure the LGBTQ+ technology founders are celebrated on the center stage of the technology ecosystem.”

“TechToronto has been instrumental in fostering community for Toronto’s tech industry; we are excited to work together to amplify the voices of LGBTQ+ leaders,” says Taylor Bond, Chair of Venture Out. “We are looking forward to the pride event as a stepping stone to building a more inclusive Canadian technology community.”

“As a Toronto-based scale-up, I know first-hand the importance of attracting great talent to stay competitive in a global market,” said Sachin Aggarwal, CEO of Think Research. “It's vital that Toronto tech companies leverage the city’s diverse population and improve inclusivity, which is why we're excited to see TechTO engaging the LGBTQ+ community through this partnership with Venture Out.”

The event line up presenters for June 11 include: Adam Helps – Adam McLeod, ThinkResearch -Sachin Aggarwal, Squiggle Park -Leah Skerry and Overbond- Vuk Magdelinic.