The First Canadian Job Fair Geared Towards People Who Identify as Trans and Gender Nonconforming
Trans Workforce is an organization fiercely geared towards accelerating the upward mobility of people who identify as transgender and those that are gender nonconforming, by offering support through advancements in education and especially employment.
About the team
Biko Beauttah is a human rights activist who attended George Brown College majoring in Jewellery Arts. Born and raised in Kenya, Biko moved to Canada in 2006 to seek asylum because being LGBTQ* is considered a crime in her home country. A champion of refugee and sexual minority rights, she has spread her message of tolerance and equality through various platforms such as the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Refugee Pride Convention, where she was a discussant on panels. Biko also sits on The Board of Directors at both Pride Toronto and The 519 Church street, making her the most powerful transwoman in Canada. Biko was also the first person to give a lecture on gender studies upon the inception of such a course at a high school in Canada. At George Brown, Biko also served as the Women and Trans Persons representative, bridging the gap between her constituents, the college administration and the Student Association. Through the Student Union, Biko was also part of a panel which included the founders of Black Lives Matter U.S, to discuss issues faced by racialized students, and sexual minorities on college campuses at The Canadian Federation of Students Convention. She was also the first queer person of African descent to open the Toronto Stock Exchange. Biko is currently working on Trans Workforce, the worlds first job fair geared towards people who identify as Trans and Gender Nonconforming. TIFF is working in conjunction with Biko to host Trans Workforce, an initiative she is determined to launch so as to get transgender people out of underground economies like sex-work. Like most trans women of colour, due to societies stigma, even she, with all her brilliance, cannot find a job. Other: In addition to being featured on The Tyra Banks show, Biko Beauttah has also worked as an Image Consultant, Art Director and Wardrobe Stylist.
Professionally, Randy has dedicatedly worked as Management Consultant since beginning his career, spending time with both multi-national and boutique firms. Since 2007, Randy has led an independent management consultancy successfully completing projects mainly focused on corporate sustainability, for a wide range of private and non-profit sector clients. More recently Randy founded REFOCUS, a groundbreaking co-operative with a proprietary methodology and training program that enables leaders to build transformational sustainability programs. Randy’s unique and innovative perspective on organizational sustainability has made him a sought after speaker and lecturer, having engaged with dozens of professional and academic audiences across North America. Randy graduated from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce Degree, where he later sat for nearly a decade as Chair of the program’s Alumni Association. He actively serves on a variety of non-profit boards and committees including the Financial Services Commission of Ontario Consumer Advisory Committee and of course, the Trans Workforce Board of Directors.
Cameron Teedon has over 20 years of retail management experience working for Gap Inc in both Canada and the US. He is currently Vice President of Visual Merchandising at Indigo, a position he has held for 10 years.Cameron played a key role in the transformation of Indigo from primarily a book retailer to the worlds first cultural department store.
Cameron has held several volunteer positions including a volunteer at the 519 Community Centre with the refugee assistance program and is currently a volunteer hospice worker Hospice Toronto. Cameron is passionate about creating a country where everyone can feel accepted and valued. A country in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive. His dream is to see Canada become a leader in the world for the advancement of rights for those who are disadvantaged or face discrimination. His friendship with Biko Beauttah has sparked an interest in the transgendered community here in Toronto, where he hopes to assist Biko is advancing the rights of this community, creating opportunities that the balance of the gay community enjoys today.
Denis S. Frawley.
Denis is a former partner from Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, having practiced both in Toronto and in New York. Prior to joining Davies, Denis practiced with the private equity group at Dewey Ballantine LLP in New York. Denis practices in the areas of corporate, commercial and securities law, with an emphasis on advising businesses who require securities advice under both Canadian and U.S. law. Denis also has significant experience with negotiated acquisitions and secured and unsecured lending. He has experience with a variety of transactions, including securities offerings, purchases and sales of private businesses and divisions of public enterprises, joint ventures, intellectual property licensing and bank lending.
Denis also regularly advises clients with respect to complex manufacturing, licensing and distribution agreements, working with clients involved in healthcare products, consumer products and educational programs.
The Trans Youth Mentorship Program is an initiative of the 519 that provides personal and professional development for youth in the trans communities through 6 month session focused on knowledge and skill building as well as working on community engagements events. Participants work together to build their confidence and determination to overcome system barrier to employment, education, and success.
TYMPs involvement with the Trans Workforce came about when we were planning on creating our own trans job fair and then heard about Biko’s attempts and contacted her to work with her. We were happy to pool our efforts and resources together to make an job fair worth remembering for our community.