Originally from Vancouver, currently in Toronto, and having lived in Mexico City, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Montreal, David has a unique view of most things – personally & professionally – spanning his experiences in the cities & languages he has lived & worked. Currently the Account Director with MRM//McCANN managing the CRM business strategy for General Motors of Canada while holding the volunteer role of Chief Marketing & Media Officer with IGR International Gay Rugby – the world’s largest gay & inclusive sport organizing & governing body – David’s life pretty much revolves around automotive, rugby, his English Bull Terrier ‘Flanker’ & Rottweiler ‘Osa’, his more than 109 pairs of limited edition Converse Hi Tops (all of which are worn) - often with a preference to chit chat in Spanish.
Ian Royer is a marketing and public relations specialist, with over 13 years of experience in the field. He also has over 15 years of experience in the non-profit sector and has worked in creating policy as a youth advisor to UNAIDS, a mentor to the Queen’s Young Leadership Awards for the Commonwealth, and more. He is also a tv/film executive and does considerable work in the Toronto Village in the drag scene.
While relatively new to rugby, Ian is the former President of Toronto Muddy York, and the Director at Large at Toronto Rugby, and in the last year has been an active voice to protect Trans Players in Canada, and to expand access for the LGBTQ+ community in Toronto Rugby.
Jamie Lourenco is a financial planning professional, musician and rugby enthusiast who developed a passion for the sport in 2021.
He is committed to the advancement of the sport for 2SLGBTQ community and other minorities and to having fun on the pitch.
From player to coach, Lori has been involved in the world of rugby for 15 years. Truly believing rugby is a sport for everybody, Lori is dedicated to providing opportunities for players to learn and grow within the sport of rugby, regardless of experience, gender identity, sexuality, race or socio/economic status. Rugby is truly the venue in which to find the best version of yourself, and Lori is excited to help leverage these opportunities and elevate players to reach their potential.
Marc (he/him) identifies as an immigrant, BIPOC, queer innovator with 10+ years of experience in global project management, strategic planning, creative design, and environmental engineering. As a holistic innovator and strategist, he is well-known for bringing concept-to-commercialization and connecting solutions and people to pain points. His roles include being the CEO of Renovo Creative, an environmental consulting and creative agency and Scrapless Exchange, a Vancouver-based food app. He is also the Innovation and Business Development Manager for Flash Forest, a drone reforestation company.
He has worked extensively in Canada, USA, Australia, Malaysia, and Chile for projects ranging from $10k to $10M including managing a global innovation incubator for 20+ cities, a strategic planning consultant for the University of British Columbia, Hemmera, Engineers Without Borders, collaborating with the Sustainable Minerals Institute at the University of Queensland and the International Research of Excellence in Santiago, Chile.
Shoshauna Gauvin brings 19 years of Rugby experience as the Rainbow Griffins coach.
Gauvin is also a Canadian Armed Forces veteran where served for 15 years and holds a Bachelors of Astrophysics from Saint Mary’s University, and has read for a Masters of Applied Physics from Queens University and a Masters of Leadership from University of Guelph.
Steven Lewis is a lawyer and accessibility specialist with a background in employment and litigation. He has received local and international awards for his work advocating on behalf of persons with disabilities and the LGBT+ community. As a former rower and track athlete, coming to Rugby as an adult, Steven is passionate about the value of sport in building community and individuals. In addition to the Rainbow Griffins, Steven is an active volunteer with many boards and organizations around the world.