Equity, Diversity and Inclusion on Campus

Diversity Speaker Series: Jonathan Niemczak

June 9, 2022

You’re Invited – A History of Pride in Winnipeg: The Struggles, The Victories, The Challenges Ahead – Featured Expert and Q&A Discussion

Pride, like the many people the movement represents, comes in endless forms, colours, shapes, sizes, and identities. The 2SLGTBQIA+ community still seeks understanding and acceptance but is more mobilized than ever before to elevate and embolden members and allies, on a mission for meaningful change.    

Join RRC Polytech’s Anti-Racism Committee for the second in a four-part virtual speaker series featuring champions of equity, diversity, and inclusion in a post-secondary setting. Keynote speaker, Jonathan Niemczak is the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Pride Historical Society, Past President of Pride Winnipeg, and a gender, sexuality, and relationship (GSRD) advocate with over fifteen years of community leadership experience.

After a personal introduction by friend, ally, and committee member Vassan Aruljothi, our passionate expert will address Pride in Winnipeg today, by examining the long and often difficult path travelled so far, by advocates and activists like himself. Jonathan will share his experiences in a post-secondary setting, respond to your questions, and lead a discussion about meaningful change. 

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Event Details

  • Date: June 16, 2022 
  • Time: Noon – 1pm
  • Host: RRC Polytech Anti-Racism Committee via ZOOM
  • Registration Deadline: June 16, 11:30am


Jonathan Niemczak, Canadian Pride Historical Society


Vassan Aruljothi, WIL Coordinator, Electrical Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering, School of Skilled Trades and Technologies

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Keynote Speaker

Jonathan Niemczak is the Chair and CEO of the Canadian Pride Historical Society and a gender, sexuality, and relationship (GSRD) advocate with over fifteen years of community leadership experience. He sat on the Board of Directors for the Pride Winnipeg Festival for ten years and led the organization for six years as President.

He has also served previously as a Board Member for the Manitoba LGBT* Chamber of Commerce and Vice-President of Membership and Member Benefits for Fierté Canada Pride. Since 2009 he has been actively involved in working with the Canadian Blood Services on amending the men who have sex with men (MSM) policy to allow low-risk gay, bisexual, and MSM (gbMSM) to donate blood in Canada.

Jonathan has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Winnipeg and works as the Diversity & Inclusion Advisor at Manitoba Hydro.

RRC Polytech campuses are located on the lands of Anishinaabe, Ininiwak, Anishininew, Dakota, and Dené, and the National Homeland of the Red River Métis.

We recognize and honour Treaty 3 Territory Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, the source of Winnipeg’s clean drinking water. In addition, we acknowledge Treaty Territories which provide us with access to electricity we use in both our personal and professional lives.

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