leadership team 2020
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.
Director for Communications and Technology
Chris Girodat is Executive Director for 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 was previously a member of the Board of Governors and Senate of Kwantlen Polytechnic University where he was President of the Students’ Association. Prior to that he was Customer Service and Operations Manager with Winners. 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.
Director for Operations and Partnerships
David Salter is a native British Columbian although he has lived in three provinces as well as Europe and Mexico. He has worked in the commercial loans and economics divisions for a national bank and is now “semi-retired” after managing a strata property company. David is passionately involved assisting LGBTQ+ migrants settle in Canada. Through the efforts of 100 Gay Men For A Cause, he can continue his dedication to assist the vulnerable in our society by supporting social impact organizations.
Director for Charities and Donations
John is Managing Director with Optimity Advisors focusing on digital asset management, metadata and taxonomy design, governance and rights management, in Canada, the U.S. and Europe. In addition to senior-level training, 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 and support for LGBTQ2+ individuals and groups.
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.
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.