Speakers - Mar 15th 2017

Morning Panel: Queer Identity in the Media & Tech Community

We're so excited to start our day with a discussion about self-identity and representation in the media and technology sector. Building a personal brand is key in both the technology sector and within the LGBTQ2+ community. We'll discuss: how do they intersect? What makes our intersectional identities unique?

Meet The Panelists

Kimahli Powell

Executive Director, Rainbow Railroad

Kimahli is the Executive Director of Rainbow Railroad, an organization that helps persecuted LGBTQ people internationally move to safety. Kimahli has a wide range of experience in the non-profit sector and has spent more than fifteen years advocating for social justice, youth, arts and culture holding director-level positions with organizations in Toronto and the National Capital Region. Among Kimahli's achievements in advocacy and social rights, he most recently helped launch the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network's legal challenge to Jamaica's anti-sodomy law, led public outreach initiatives internationally and guided the organization through a monitoring and evaluation framework on legal advocacy. 

Liane Coulahan
Co-Founder & Creative Director, Nordest Studio

With a passion for understanding how social and digital platforms are used to engage people in a meaningful way, Liane has dedicated the past 6 years of her research and career to using tech and innovation to connect people with brands. With a Master’s in communications and an eye for design, she transforms abstract thinking into digital realities while keeping the client’s core message and objective top of mind.

Lina Beaudin

Co-Founder & Creative Director, Nordest Studio

With over 15 years of experience in the cultural, entertainment and business industries, Lina stands out as an expert in large-scale festivals, event production, business development, RFID and creative direction. She is as versatile as they come. A big picture thinker who’s intuitive and innovative approach makes her a natural when it comes to bringing an idea to life.

J Stead

Founder, NEW FRDM Bodywear

J Stead is a genderqueer model on a mission. Through their work, they strive to undo the mainstream shaming of gender variance. J is the founder of NEW FRDM Bodywear, an underwear company and lifestyle brand for trans and non-binary folks. In 2016, J was featured in People Magazine as a gender neutral model challenging traditional beauty standards.

Naoufel Testaouni

Founder of Queer Tech Montreal, Executive Director at Montreal New Tech and Director of Sales and Partnerships at Local Logic

Naoufel has been working in early stage start ups for a long time. He is passionate about building communities and global networks to help foster diversity and inclusion. Naoufel is founder of Queer Tech Montreal, Executive Director at Montreal New Tech and Director of Sales and Partnerships at Local Logic. Naoufel is an avid traveller, art lover and food enthusiast.

Lauryn Kronick

Senior Manager of Public Relations at the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)

Lauryn Kronick is the Senior Manager of Public Relations at the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR). Lauryn has previously worked as a Communications and Outreach Officer at the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and held roles at the Canadian AIDS Society, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Loran Scholars Foundation. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality from Concordia University, Lauryn worked at a newspaper in Zambia as a media trainer and journalist with Journalists for Human Rights. Lauryn has also served as a member on the board of directors of Pride Toronto and Capital Pride in Ottawa and she has worked as a freelance reporter for publications in Montréal, Ottawa and Toronto.

Join us on March 27th at Venture Out, Canada's first conference for LGBTQ+ inclusion in Tech & Entrepreneurship, to hear from these and other great speakers. See you there!