Bill 7 Award

A Post Secondary Scholarship for Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, Two-Spirited and Queer Students in Ontario.

Trustees

The Bill 7 Award Trust is directed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, appointed by our current partner organizations: Supporting Our Youth (SOY) and the Community One Foundation.

Greg Johns, Trustee, Chair

Greg is currently Senior Negotiations Executive for IBM. He has been a trustee of the Bill 7 Award Trust for the past 10 years. As a seasoned business executive and lawyer, Greg leads negotiation of IBM’s largest and most complex contracts and acts as a trusted business advisor to IBM senior executives. Greg is an Out Executive at IBM, a member of IBM’s Global LGBT+ Council and a sponsor of its LGBT+ employee network group. He also has a passion for LGBTQ charitable causes and is a founding member of exeQutive a Toronto group for LGBT senior leaders. Greg was called to the Ontario Bar in 1990 and is a graduate of the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University and the Ivey Business School at Western University.

Doug Hawe, Trustee

Doug is currently the Director of Digital for Cancer Care Ontario. He has been a trustee of the Bill 7 Award Trust for the past two years. Doug’s career has been predominantly in the technology industry where he has held various marketing leadership roles. Doug is passionate about user centred design and the potential of digital and business transformation. Doug has a BA from Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario.

Andrea Love, Trustee

Andrea Love is the Chief Operations Officer at Legacy Private Trust. She has been a trustee of the Bill 7 Award Trust for over five years. Andrea is a qualified Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and an Ontario Certified Teacher (OCT). Andrea also sits on the advisory board of the LBGT Giving Network as the Treasurer and is the former co-chair of the Community One Foundation.

Matthew Perry, Trustee

Matt has been a Bill 7 Award Trustee for over a decade. He is a Guidance Counsellor at a Toronto District School Board special needs high school. Previously, he worked as Community Legal Worker with Toronto’s HIV & AIDS Legal Clinic. He is a founding member of Community Advisory Committee of Supporting Our Youth (SOY), where he served from 1998 -2005.

Paul Ray, CPA, CA, Trustee, Treasurer

Paul is a manager in Enterprise Risk and Portfolio Management for BMO Financial Group. As a trustee and the treasurer of the Bill 7 Award Trust since 2015, Paul brings seven years of experience as an auditor for Ernst & Young LLP. Paul obtained his Bachelor of Commerce from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University and has been a Chartered Accountant since 2010. He is a long-time supporter of charitable organizations that a make a difference in the lives of young people his community.  

Carol Thames, Trustee, Past Chair

Carol is a senior manager with Houselink Community Homes. She has been a Trustee with the Bill 7 Award for over a decade. Carol has worked in the non-profit sector in a variety of leadership positions for over 20 years. Her involvement in the LGTTQB2S community spans more than 30 years and has focused on creating accessible and inclusive spaces for queer racialized communities. Carol has a BA in Public Policy and Governance from Ryerson University and a Master of Public Policy Administration and Law from York University. She is also the proud queer mom of two daughters, produced and raised in a lesbian household over 25 years ago.