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leadership team

The Leadership Team establishes strategic direction for the organization and selects nominated charities to propose for each meeting.​ Areas of focus include charities and donations, communications and technology, the member experience, and operations and partnerships. Operations are funded primarily through partnerships, 50/50 draws and sales.

Our Team


Kyle Demes
Director for Operations and Partnerships
Kyle Demes is passionate about using data to build a more equitable society. A former marine scientist, Kyle has held senior roles catalyzing large-scale research initiatives at UBC and SFU and now consults for universities and governments across Canada, using data to drive institutional strategy and development. Outside of work, he serves his communities through non-profit boards, municipal advisory committees, and political engagement. He believes 100 Gay Men for a Cause is a great way to organize the gay community to support our communities and is excited to support members on the Leadership Team.

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Chris Girodat
Director for Communications and Technology
Chris Girodat is executive director of the Capilano Students’ Union where he provides strategic leadership and oversees a dynamic team of professionals, pursuing the vision of a group of passionate, elected student leaders. He also works as a board governance consultant, supporting non-profit and public sector boards to be more effective and impactful. Chris believes that 100 Gay Men for a Cause fits with his passion for building better systems for individuals and groups to work together for the best possible results.

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John Horodyski
Director for Charities and Donations
John is Managing Director with Salt Flats focusing on digital asset management, metadata and taxonomy design, MarTech, governance and rights management, in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. In addition to senior-level training, adjunct faculty at San Jose State University where he teaches a graduate course, writing and public speaking, John is a board member of several not-for-profit organizations; 100 Gay Men for a Cause fits with his ongoing commitment to community service, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and support for LGBTQ2+ individuals and groups.



Ken Haycock

Founder and Catalyst

Ken Haycock founded 100 Gay Men for a Cause so that like-minded men in Vancouver could come together and have even greater impact through a giving circle. Ken is Professor Emeritus at the University of British Columbia and San Jose State University and Research Professor (honorary) at the University of Southern California. His professional interests are in effective board governance and factors affecting political influence, with strong personal interests in travel and current affairs.

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Mark Rayter

Director for Member Experience

As a retired Mental Health Services Manager, Mark supports organizations founded on democratic principles and, in particular, the efforts of gay men contributing financially to gay non-profits via social interaction and a voting membership. He values our uniqueness in having no organization presenting at 100 Gay Men for a Cause, walk away empty-handed. Assisting initially with member registration at meetings, Mark is excited to serve on the Leadership Team and continue to promote great events. 

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