(? - living) Canada
Activist, journalist, businessman
A graduate in Political Science from the University of Ottawa, the fluently bilingual Gilles Marchildon hails originally from Penetanguishene in southern Ontario but has lived in Ottawa, Paris, Toronto and Winnipeg. Marchildon ran his own communications, marketing and event planning firm in Winnipeg called People and Ideas.
Marchildon has pursued a career in arts management to the benefit of the Julie West Dance Foundation, Pro-Arts, Ottawa's Festival Franco, Winnipeg's Festival du Voyageur, the Music Arts Academy and numerous performing artists. Marchildon is a member Ottawa East Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. He has a boyfriend named Gord.
A long-time advocate of equality and human rights, both within and beyond the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, he has written for Toronto and Vancouver's XTRA! Magazines and Toronto's ICON Magazine. His editorial pieces on LGBT issues have been published in the Globe and Mail and the Winnipeg Free Press. Gilles was also Editor/Publisher of Winnipeg-based Swerve newsmagazine for four years and continues to pen a weekly column on LGBT issues for Uptown magazine.
He sat on Egale's board of directors as one of the Prairie region representatives and was also the founder and director of the Reel Pride festival put on annually by the Winnipeg Gay and Lesbian Film Society. In Manitoba, he also served as Interim Executive Director at the Winnipeg Film Group and was employed at one point by the Manitoba Legislative Task Force on Canadian Unity.
From 2003 to October 2006, he has been Executive director of Egale Canada and the Egale Canada Human Rights Trust. Since December 2006, Gilles has been working at WUSC (World University Service of Canada), as Director of Communications and Development. He is currently on the board of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Ottawa and also chairs the Social Justice Committee of Family Services Ottawa.