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Pride 2022: A Message from Ben Liegey, Rethink2gether CEO

Pride 2022

My name is Ben Liegey, and I am the queer CEO of Rethink2gether, a Vancouver-based company on a mission to help commercial kitchens prevent food waste and improve the bottom line. 

Pride 2022

LGBT Pride Month occurs in June, to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which began on June 28, 1969, after police raided the Stonewall Inn bar, a gay bar in New York City. Since then, society made a lot of progress. Yet discrimination is still happening, even in Canada. And while companies show their support by rebranding their corporate social media profiles to feature rainbow-colored logos, we are naturally drawn to ask whether these companies are also working to implement real change for the community year-round? And what can be done by companies?


Small Business BC event

Last week, I attended a workshop from Small Business BC, representing 98% of businesses in British Columbia. It was their first in-person event since 2020, dedicated to: Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for the LGBTQIA2S+. An opportunity to network and learn from LGBTQIA2S+ entrepreneurs, including:

  • Tom Conway, Small Business BC CEO

  • Diane Shaher, Business Owner of the clothing brand PHRSH threads 

  • Max Rivest, Founder of Wize Coffee Leaf, revolutionizing coffee with its tasty infusion made from surplus food: the leaves of arabica coffee plants.

Small Business BC : Creating Safe and Inclusive Spaces for the LGBTQIA2S+

They shared their knowledge and best practices for creating spaces in which everyone belongs.
Here are some of the best practices:

Happy Pride!

I invite you to celebrate Pride, to show your support for the LGBTQ2S+ community.

I invite you to celebrate Pride, to build a diverse and inclusive environment.

I invite you to celebrate Pride, to honor human rights.


Happy Pride!

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