Friends & Company is Vancouver’s leading network for LGBTQ-friendly business people, professionals, students, and allies. Our luncheons and events connect great people while supporting the anti-bullying and teen suicide prevention initiatives of Out in Schools. Friends & Company is a registered not-for-profit society in British Columbia and a non-partisan, equal opportunity initiative.
Our mission is to facilitate networking and social connections between LGBTQ-friendly business people of all ages and backgrounds, while giving back to vulnerable LGBTQ and LGBTQ-questioning youth in our community.
Since our founding in 2011, we have hosted over twenty-five sold out events which have raised tens of thousands of dollars for Out in Schools. This has enabled them to expand their reach in schools across BC. A 2014 University of British Columbia study found that “students in Canadian schools with gay-straight alliances were less likely to be discriminated against, had lower odds of suicidal thoughts, and had fewer suicide attempts—regardless of whether they were gay or straight.”