Executive Director

Drew Dennis

Pronouns: they/them/their 

— A long-time admirer of Pivot, Drew is driven by shared values of fairness and equitable inclusion and guided by the principle that individuals are the experts in their own lives. They come to Pivot with more than 20 years’ experience as a strategic leader and consultant within the social change sector.

Their advocacy work began amid the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 90s, as the Fundraiser Manager for the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre and Board member with Bridge Housing Society. As Executive Director at Out On Screen, they collaboratively led the transformation of a grassroots LGBTQ2+ film festival to a mature and established arts and culture organization, including the development of Out in Schools, a high-impact education program named by Tides Canada as one of the Top Ten organizations in Canada to build innovative solutions to complex social issues.

In 2016, Drew co-founded TransFocus Consulting, a firm that continues to employ systems-thinking to inform policy and innovative gender solutions across organizations in the public and private sectors. Central to Drew’s professional and community service is their demonstrated ability to convene and inspire champions for social justice.

As a settler on the ancestral and unceded lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations, Drew can often be found near the ocean taking a moment to breathe, to be grateful to Indigenous Peoples for their continuous relationship with their lands, and to reflect upon the ways we share and shape communities together.