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Executive Director of Toronto’s The 519 Wins Business Leader of the Year Award

November 15, 2017

Toronto, November 7, 2017 – The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) has awarded its Business Leader of the Year Award to Maura Lawless, Executive Director of Toronto’s The 519.

The CGLCC Business Leader of the Year Award celebrates an individual who has made a significant contribution to the LGBT+ community in Canada.

Maura Lawless has worked hard to make diversity and inclusion a reality in her area of expertise, dedicating her professional and personal life to the advancement of the LGBT+ community.  By working to provide resources and opportunities to foster self-determination, civic engagement and community participation, she has helped to create a more open, welcoming, and overall better country to live and to do business.

“We are delighted to recognize Maura Lawless for the impact of her contribution at the centre. She and her team have provided a framework showing how sustainable, socially minded organizations can not only exist, but thrive and help drive economic growth for a city, province, and country,” said R. Bruce McDonald, co-founder and Chair of the CGLCC.

The award was presented at the CGLCC’s Black & White Gala in Toronto on November 2, 2017.


About the CGLCC
Established in 2003, the CGLCC is a national, non-profit industry association committed to forming a broad-based coalition, representative of the various interests of LGBT-owned businesses, allied businesses, corporations, professionals, and students of business for promoting economic growth and prosperity.  CGLCC is the certifying body for LGBT-owned businesses in Canada.

Learn more about CGLCC at

Darrell Schuurman
Co-Founder & CEO, CGLCC
416-761-5151 ext. 22