Zenbooks Becomes First and Only Accounting Firm in Canada to be Rainbow Registered with the Canadian 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)


Zenbooks Becomes First and Only Accounting Firm in Canada to be Rainbow Registered with the Canadian 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)


Ottawa, ON – October 12, 2023


Zenbooks, a leading accounting firm known for its commitment to innovation and inclusivity, proudly announces its corporate partnership with Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce. In addition to this powerful public allyship, Zenbooks is also the first and only accounting firm in Canada to be Rainbow Registered with the Canadian 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC). This unprecedented partnership highlights Zenbooks’ dedication to diversity, equality, and inclusion within the business community.


The CGLCC is a national, non-profit organization that represents the interests of 2SLGBTQI+ (Two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and other) business owners, entrepreneurs, and professionals across Canada. It fosters economic growth and prosperity by advocating for 2SLGBTQI+ inclusion in corporate Canada, connecting business owners with procurement opportunities, and providing a platform for networking and collaboration.


Darrell Schuurman, Co-founder and CEO of the CGLCC, commended Zenbooks for taking the lead in forging this partnership. “We wholeheartedly appreciate Zenbooks’ forward-thinking approach. This groundbreaking relationship with Zenbooks is the catalyst for a great conversation- how can we encourage more businesses in the industry to embrace these partnerships? Diversity and inclusion are essential for a thriving business environment, and Zenbooks’ commitment sets a benchmark that others should strive to achieve.”


Schuurman further remarked, “How progressive of Zenbooks to do this! By joining hands with the CGLCC, Zenbooks is not only demonstrating its commitment to equality, but it is also creating a more inclusive ecosystem that benefits both the business community and society at large.”


Eric Saumure, Principal at Zenbooks, acknowledged that their decision to become a corporate partner was met with mixed reactions. “We understand that not everyone may share our values, but we wear them with pride. In a world that is increasingly interconnected, it’s important to stand up for what we believe in and support those who share similar values.”


Saumure emphasized, “Our dedication to standing up and showing our support for the values we hold is unwavering. We proudly stand alongside our small business owner clients and employees who also champion diversity and inclusion.”


The Rainbow Registered accreditation through CGLCC is the initial step most 2SLGBTQI+ friendly businesses and organizations can aspire to, to show that they provide a welcoming and accepting 2SLGBTQI+ friendly experience in their workplace for employees and clients. The corporate partnership is a step above that to elevate their support, influence policy and advocate for a more welcome and accepting experience from all Canadian businesses.


About the Canadian Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC):

The CGLCC is a national, not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of 2SLGBTQI+ businesses, entrepreneurs, and professionals in Canada. Through networking, collaboration, and advocacy, the CGLCC aims to promote diversity and inclusion within the Canadian business landscape. For more information, visit https://www.cglcc.ca


About Zenbooks:

Zenbooks is a reimagined full service online accounting experience for small business owners and key decision makers, with a commitment to inclusivity and innovation. Zenbooks are a team of advisors, accountants, and payroll professionals for on-going practical insight to your small business and organization. For more information, visit https://zenbooks.ca


For media inquiries, please contact:

CGLCC Marketing & Communications


Canada’s 2SLGBTQI+ Chamber of Commerce

Toll Free: 1-866-300-7556


Zenbooks Marketing & Communications

gillian@extensionmarketing.com – Gillian Todd-Messinger

Toll Free: 1-877-EXT-0252

Eric Saumure, CPA, CA, Principal

Eric Saumure, CPA, CA, Principal

Eric is a recognized Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) in the province of Ontario. Eric Saumure studied Accounting and Business at University of Ottawa, and obtained his CPA, CA designation during his time at KPMG LLP. Eric has 11 years of experience and actively works with over 300 clients. Eric Saumure is a Quickbooks Online ProAdvisor and a Xero Certified Partner.

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