Exhibition Place Secures Prestigious Rainbow Registered Accreditation, Demonstrating Commitment to LGBTQ+ Inclusivity and Diversity

TORONTO – Exhibition Place is delighted to announce that it has recently secured the prestigious Rainbow Registered Accreditation. This accreditation program, developed by the Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC), is awarded to businesses that demonstrate a robust commitment to LGBTQ+ inclusivity and diversity in their operations and services.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be recognized with the Rainbow Registered Accreditation," says Laura Purdy (she/her), General Manager of Exhibition Place. "For us, this achievement is not just a recognition but a testament to our continued dedication towards inclusivity and creating safe, welcoming spaces for everyone in our community."

The Rainbow Registered Accreditation involves a comprehensive process that assesses businesses across various domains, including policy and procedures, communication and knowledge, and training. This process ensures that the businesses are not only talking about inclusivity but are making genuine efforts to implement it.

Sarah Evalina (she/they), Chief Operating Officer at CGLCC, expressed her enthusiasm, “We are excited to welcome Exhibition Place to the Rainbow Registered community. As the home of many of Toronto's top festivals and events, we are thrilled to see such a large and dynamic organization demonstrate their clear commitment to 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion through successfully meeting the standards of our national 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion accreditation program. Thank you to the Exhibition Place team for their dedication to date, and we look forward to the opportunity to work together to make Canada a safer and more inclusive country for all 2SLGBTQI+ folks."

"We firmly believe in celebrating diversity and this accreditation validates our efforts and encourages us to continue making strides towards inclusivity," adds the General Manager. “We call upon other venues, tourist attractions, and destinations to join us in this movement. Let's work together to foster inclusivity and diversity in all our operations and services.”

For more detailed information about the Rainbow Registered Accreditation or our commitment to inclusivity, or if you have any questions, please contact Alexandra Serrano-Selbie, Marketing and Communications Manager, Exhibition Place at aserrano@explace.on.ca

About Exhibition Place
Established in 1879 and located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto, the award-winning Exhibition Place is Canada’s largest entertainment venue, hosting 1,260 events and attracting over 5.5 million visitors a year. The 192-acre site is an integral component of Toronto and Ontario's economy, particularly with respect to conventions, sports, festivals, recreation, culture, and tourism. Exhibition Place boasts the award-winning, LEED Platinum Enercare Centre; Canada's largest exhibition and convention centre, and the Beanfield Centre LEED Silver conference venue. Since 2004, Exhibition Place has undertaken an environmental stewardship initiative, entitled GREENSmart; which includes the promotion of sustainable development, environmental initiatives and leading-edge green technologies and practices across the site. 

About Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC) is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to expanding the economic opportunities and advancements of the 2SLGBTQI+ business community and advocating on behalf of an estimated 100,000 2SLGBTQI+ owned businesses in Canada, as well as 2SLGBTQI+ professionals, students of business, allies, and ally organizations. 

CGLCC’s core mission is to contribute to a thriving and inclusive Canadian economy by promoting economic growth and prosperity through supplier diversity certification, expanding global trade opportunities, and entrepreneur mentorship.

As an entity, CGLCC is recognized as the business diversity partner within Canada, fostering relevant, expert knowledge, creating meaningful, profitable business connections, and representing the 2SLGBTQI+ business community in a way that furthers their pride.

CGLCC is supported by 73 corporate and government partners committed to engaging 2SLGBTQI+ businesses through supplier diversity.