Long-time former head of TD Bank Group recognized by national LGBT+ business organization

TORONTO, Nov. 4, 2016 /CNW/ - The Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) has awarded its first-ever Icon Award to Ed Clark.

As President and CEO of TD Bank Group from 2002 to 2014, Clark was instrumental in making sure diversity and inclusion were part of the bank's DNA. Internally, that meant acknowledging and supporting the bank's own LGBT+ employees. Externally, it meant pushing the bank to actively engage with the LGBT+ community and reminding corporate leaders of the importance of inclusion and diversity in business.

"Our Icon Award recognizes an exceptional contribution to the advancement of the LGBT+ community through sustained action, leadership and business," said R. Bruce McDonald, co-founder and Chair of the CGLCC. "Ed Clark is a true leader. He not only put his principles into practice at TD, he also encouraged other corporate leaders to take up the challenge of inclusion. Ed continues to speak about diversity and inclusion and is actively supporting LGBT charities and organizations. We are all better off as a result."

The award will be presented at the CGLCC's Black & White Gala, as part of the CGLCC 2016 Business Leadership Awards in Toronto on November 9.

About the CGLCC
Established in 2003, the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce is a national, non-profit industry association. The CGLCC is a broad-based coalition representing the interests of LGBT+-owned businesses, professionals, and their allies. It promotes economic growth through advocacy and education, and works to advance the common business interests and opportunities of its members and stakeholders.

The CGLCC is the national certifying body for LGBT+ supplier diversity in Canada.

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SOURCE Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce

For further information: Darrell Schuurman, Vice-Chair, CGLCC, darrell@cglcc.ca, 416-761-5151 ext. 22


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