CoChairs

Brenda Cossman is the Director of the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies. She teaches courses on family law, gender and law, and law and film. She writes extensively in the area of law and sexuality.  Her most recent book, Sexual Citizens: The Legal and Cultural Regulation of Sex and Belonging, was published by Stanford University Press in 2007. Additionally, Cossman coauthored Bad Attitudes on Trial: Pornography, Feminism and the Butler Decision (University of Toronto Press) and Censorship and the Arts (published by the Ontario Association of Art Galleries). Brenda is actively involved in law reform, particularly in the area of same sex couples and definitions of family. Recently, she authored reports for the Law Commission of Canada and the Ontario Law Reform Commission on the legal regulation of adult relationships. She is also a frequent commentator in the media on issues relating to law and sexuality. She served as a memeber of the Pink Triangle Press Board of Directors for ten years, working as a frequent contributor to Xtra!

Doug Kerr is a consultant and longtime community activist in Toronto. 
He has been involved in Pride Toronto’s Human Rights Program since 2008 and is currently Co-Team Lead of WorldPride’s Human Rights Program. Doug has been involved in LGBT community activism for over 15 years with leadership roles at Community One Foundation, the LGBT Giving Network and Sherbourne Health Centre, one of Canada’s largest organizations providing health services to LGBT communities. Doug runs his own consulting practice with an expertise in nonprofit management and collaboration. He teaches nonprofit strategy at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Social Work and global citizenship and social justice at Centennial College. Doug lived in Taiwan for six years and speaks Mandarin Chinese.

Current work includes research and consulting support to a variety of clients, including The Ontario Trillum Foundation, The Kiwanis Foundation, Toronto Community Housing, United Way Toronto, the University of Toronto’s Cities Centre, and many community-based social agencies. He is a member of the Progressive Consultants Network of Toronto.

Doug is an active volunteer on a number of Boards and committees and has contributed his time and expertise to organizations such as Sherbourne Health Centre, the Toronto Enterprise Fund, Community One Foundation, the LGBT Giving Network. He is passionate about innovation, diversity and the future of civil society in Canada. Doug also spent six years living in Taiwan and speaks Mandarin Chinese.