Natasha has called Calgary home since 2000. A pan-sexual mum of 2, she’s enthusiastic about all things LGBT. She co-founded her previous employer’s regional Pride employee resource group. When her teenager came out as transgender 3 years ago, it became all the more important to her to use her voice to amplify those in her community.
Her day job is HR for a growing start-up in Calgary. Being the chair of this Chamber was a natural fusion of her skills and passions. For her thoughts on the Alberta LGBT* Chamber of Commerce, see “Message from the Chair”.
In her free time you will find her designing and creating jewellery or discussing the meaning of life over wine with her friends.
Justin Z.Director Community and Membership
A long time resident of Calgary, Justin currently resides in Airdrie with his husband and 2 rescue dogs, Peaches and Luci.
Justin works hard in is his career at an Information Technology professional, with 8 years’ experience. Along with His Previous experience in sales and management, he’s a perfect fit for his role of Membership and Sales.
He loves to learn as much as he can from entrepreneur blogs and websites. When he has free time, you’ll find him reading entrepreneur blogs and books, and listening to pod casts to learn what makes people get to the places they dream of.
Justin says, “The importance of an inclusive business community is very important to me. I am eager to help businesses find new markets they aren’t aware of, and help facilitate learning between professionals through out Alberta and North America.”
Bobbie RacetteDirector Marketing & Media Relations
Bobbie is originally from Saskatchewan, she lives in the Mission area in Calgary with her Dog Jackson and Cat Soxby.
She considers herself a serial Entrepreneur in training, she founded Virtual Gurus, a start up that has fast exceeded expectations and also a LGBTQ+ Androgynous clothing store, she loves learning everything and anything about business.
She says ” Being involved with the chamber gives me the opportunity to share what I’ve learned with others while being apart of a community that will be constantly teaching me things too. Networking with other amazing entrepreneurs in our wonderful province of Alberta will be amazing”
Jordan lives in south Calgary with his husband Mark and their boxer, Reacher. During the day he leads a team of bankers as a Branch Manager at Bank of Montreal. The entrepreneurial spirit has always been strong with Jordan. As a pre-teen he ran his own business raising chickens and selling their eggs to customers.
He says, “Being involved with the chamber is important to me because I believe we have strength in diversity. To be working with an organization that promotes inclusion in our province as well as bringing exposure to LGBT and allied business is meaningful to me.”
If you are a LGBT* professional looking to advance your career by increasing your contacts and connect with other LGBT*-owned businesses,professionals, students of business,the AB LGBT* Chamber of Commerce can help you do that.