About Start Proud

Start Proud aims to connect 2SLGBTQA+ students with employers, while promoting the development of 2SLGBTQA+ professionals, and celebrating the achievements and service of those in the community.

Our Mission

Start Proud facilitates the professional development of 2SLGBTQA+ students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the 2SLGBTQA+ community.

In our 17th year, Start Proud has developed a strong record of supporting 2SLGBTQA+ students and young talent, and has built meaningful partnerships with leading employers in Canada. In 2023, we are excited to rebuild after the pandemic, first by focusing on our core events and programs that will best support the community. These include our Out On Bay Street Conference and a national Mentorship Program.

Our Vision

To serve as Canada’s premier mentorship and networking organization, empowering 2SLGBTQA+ students and young professionals to be Canada’s future leaders.