DIVERSITY, INCLUSION & EQUITY LEADER PROFILE:
MARTINE ROY - TD BANK
At 19 years old, Martine Roy was fired from the Canadian army for being gay. This event had a devastating impact on her self-esteem, but at the same time, shaped who she became; a staunch advocate for the LGBTQ2+ community.
Along with seven other leaders from the business community, Martine co-founded Pride at Work Canada, a Toronto-based organization that inspires employers to create work environments that celebrate all staff members, regardless of their gender expression, identity or sexual orientation. Martine also led the class action suit that ended with a $145 million settlement as well as an apology from the federal government in 2017, and is now Chair of the Board of Directors of the LGBT Purge Fund. Martine invests her time and energy both inside and outside the workplace while focusing on far reaching projects to ensure that no one ever experiences what she went through in her formative years.
Martine currently holds the position of Regional Manager, LGBTQ2+ Business Development Quebec & Eastern Canada for the TD Bank. Through her work, Martine supports LGBTQ2+ initiatives and entrepreneurs to maximize their reach and success in their various projects. She is particularly proud to work for TD; the first Canadian financial institution to offer spousal benefits to its employees in a same-sex relationship, as well as covering affirmative surgeries for its employees and their family.
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