Start Proud, an organization dedicated to facilitating the professional development of LGBTQ+ students as they transition from school to career, recognized Toronto-based Partner, Kevin Coon with a prestigious Leaders To Be Proud Of Award in the category of Leading Executive Ally. This award recognizes individuals who have made strong contributions to advancing LGBTQ+ issues within their company and the broader business community through advocacy and outreach as an active, empowered ally.
"I can't think of anyone more deserving of a recognition like this than Kevin Coon. He has been a tireless advocate for human rights and inclusion within the Firm and in the community at large," said Colin Murray, Baker McKenzie's North America Chief Executive Officer." We are so grateful to Kevin for all he has done to be a force for positive change and we look forward to supporting him as he continues to address challenges like those facing the LGBTQ+ communities."
"Kevin embodies all of the characteristics of a powerful ally and his leadership continues to be seen as the gold standard when it comes to how our leaders can contribute to making a lasting difference," said Anna Brown, Baker McKenzie's Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion.
Kary Cozens, President, Start Proud added, “On behalf of Start Proud, we are honoured to celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in organisations across Canada. Kevin Coon is an inspirational, real life example that, despite the barriers we face as a community, we are forging ahead for a more diverse and inclusive workplace for all.”
Kevin Coon served as Managing Partner of the Toronto office from 2012 until October of this year. Under Kevin's Leadership, the Firm launched an annual Diversity & Inclusion week in Toronto, a series of internal and external events aimed at supporting inclusion efforts and creating and maintaining an open and supportive working environment. This includes an annual client event in partnership with You Can Play, now in its sixth year, which has become a premier LGBTQ+ corporate social responsibility event in Toronto. Kevin also served as Chair of Baker McKenzie's Policy Committee from 2016-2019. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Covenant House in Toronto and is a member of the United Nations Global Compact Expert Network. In his legal practice and volunteer efforts, Kevin works to promote and protect human rights and the strengthening of the rule of law.