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Banking for the LGBTQ2+ Community.

TD Bank, “Make it Better”

As a top 10 North American bank, TD aims to stand out from its peers by having a differentiated brand – anchored in their proven business model, and rooted in a desire to give their customers, communities, and colleagues the confidence to thrive in a changing world.

Grant Minish works in business development in the LGBTQ2+ market segment in BC as part of TD’s LGBTQ2+ customer program. He is located in Vancouver and has an office in the TD Tower at Pacific Centre. His full job title is Regional Manager of LGBTQ2+ Business Development.

Since 2005, Grant has worked with TD’s community relations team building relationships with LGBTQ2+ organizations in BC, connecting those organizations to the bank, and the bank to those organizations.

TD supports over 90 Pride festivals and over 160 LGBTQ2+ organizations across North America.  There is an extensive employee volunteerism program that allows organizations to connect with employees who are interested in volunteering their time.

Grant sort of fell into banking and stayed. In 2005 the bank asked him to lead their LGBTQ2+ initiative in Vancouver, which he did off the side of his desk until 2014 when they launched their full-time customer strategy which started with Grant and has now grown to 6 people across Canada.

Leading the LGBT strategy was a personal passion of Grant’s. He states, “It is amazing to be in a role which allows me to be my authentic self and at the same time be a leader in a company with such a large inclusion and diversity focus on customers, community, and colleagues.”

Grant’s favourite thing about what he does is helping people achieve their financial goals, whatever that may look like. Secondly, working with the community and building community connections, and thirdly, working with colleagues, enabling them to bring their whole selves to work.

When asked about how the TD Bank has coped with the current COVID-19 pandemic, Grant says, “It has had to make massive changes in a very short period of time. I am impressed with the speed and adaptability of my colleagues across the enterprise which enabled us to continue to serve and advise our clients in a very different world.”


Rainbow Women in Business – Volume 6


Sherry Yeoman realized quite by accident that she wanted to be a landlord soon after she bought her first home 40 years ago. It started with a frantic phone call from a friend who was searching for accommodation for a mutual friend in dire need of a place to stay. Upon hearing this, Sherry quickly revamped her basement and her friend moved in the next day. She ended up renting from Sherry for over 6 months. After that positive experience, she has renovated every home she bought since then and added a suite to each one.

Sherry’s favourite thing about running her own business is being her own boss. In particular, taking houses that need her tender, loving care and her creativity to become the beautiful, renovated, well-maintained homes they were meant to be. Every home Sherry has offered for rent is a home she would be happy to live in.

Sherry’s advice on starting your own business. “When opening your own business be prepared to work long, hard hours and have enough money already saved to take you through the tough times.  If you are interested in being a landlord make sure you know the “Residential Tenancy Regulations” and talk to a landlord who has been in this profession for a few years because being a landlord is not as easy as many believe it to be.”

Loyal to Diversity

A CITY COUNCILLOR’S TAKE ON WHAT MAKES KELOWNA AWESOME

Loyal Wooldridge is a successful entrepreneur – operating Loyal Hair, a full-service luxury hair salon since 2006 – and in fall 2018, he was elected to Kelowna City Council. Loyal was the only newcomer elected, as all of the other councillors that were voted in were incumbents.

So, how does a business owner and recently-elected politician capitalize on all Kelowna has to offer? Luckily for us, Loyal is here to share his thoughts on what makes Kelowna awesome!

Go to Tourism Kelowna to read more…