About Us

Start Proud aims to connect LGBTQ+ students with employers, while promoting the development of LGBTQ+ professionals, and celebrating the achievements and service of those in the community.


Start Proud facilitates the professional development of LGBTQ+ students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the  community.


To empower members of the LGBTQA+ community to be Canada’s leaders of tomorrow; where all institutions embrace inclusiveness within the workplace and diversity within the workforce.

Meet the Team


Mathias Memmel

Vice President, Operations

Owen Berry

Vice President, Sponsorship


Vice President, Programming

Irfan Lakhani

Vice President, Advocacy


Vice President, Marketing

Oscar Bejarano

Corporate Treasurer


Corporate Secretary

Kent Evans

Director, Mentorship

Gary Grant