Our Team

Meet Our Team

Bringing collectively more than 50 years of knowledge, wisdom, and activism to the HIV and 2SGBTQ+ health movements.

Dane Griffiths

He/Him

Director

Dane knows the work inside and out from his many years working on the team and in the Alliance. Starting off in Hamilton as a sexual health educator at The AIDS Network, he has moved up to guide and coordinate the work of the Alliance across Ontario. He was instrumental in producing The Sex You Want, and has steered the team smoothly through the pandemic.

More than anything, Dane fosters collaborations across the sector to improve the HIV response and sexual health more broadly for gay, bi, and queer men. This opportunity to bring together talented people from across the community to bring joy and support to queer men is what anchors him in his day to day.

When not sitting in the Director’s chair, you can find him advising several different research projects, around the HIV Resources Ontario table, or working with an international team of chemsex responders.

Adam Awad

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Manager of Communications

Adam is responsible for the GMSH voice out in the world—public facing campaigns, media, and messaging. The keys to the brand and image are firmly in his hands, and he oversees all video and design projects—like the Party and Play interviews, social media content, and the HIV Plotlines series. 

Over the past 15 years, Adam has worked on dozens of campaigns to mobilize communities and effect change. He was the National Chairperson for the Canadian Federation of Students, has served on the Boards for both the Centretown Community Health Centre and the Alliance for Healthier Communities, and has worked on political campaigns at all three levels of government. 

Equally comfortable at the boardroom table, at the barricades, or at the baths, Adam brings his life experience to the work of the GMSH. In his downtime, he’s typically tending to houseplants, at the pool, or at the circus gym. 

Christopher Mallais

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Logistics & Engagement Coordinator

Chris anchors the administrative, logistics, and systems work for the team. With over 25 years’ experience to draw from—from the HIV sector, to long-term care, to aerospace—Chris helps keep the GMSH ship afloat.

As a gay man living with HIV, Chris brings his whole self to the work. And he has joined others in sharing his experiences in numerous campaigns throughout the years. Most recently, he was part of the 2020 Casey House campaign, Smash Stigma. For Chris, it’s the care that Alliance members bring to their work in serving the community that inspires him.

In 2021, Chris was a very deserving recipient of the PozTO community award. You can typically find him wearing it proudly alongside his very cozy Mr. Rogers cardigan. If you catch him on a weekend, you might just get an impromptu talk on the different strains of cannabis.

Devan Nambiar

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Manager of Capacity Building & Talent Development

Devan’s work draws from over 30 years of HIV activism, advocacy, and service. At the GMSH, he works with Alliance members, social service agencies, and healthcare providers to increase their capacity to serve queer men. This includes workshops, training modules, seminars, and other resources that are rooted in our communities’ needs.

He was responsible for securing the GMSH’s first accredited CME training for healthcare providers on chemsex. In his previous work at Rainbow Health Ontario, Devan has co-authored publications on queer and trans health, produced the LGB2SQ Foundation Courses, and trained staff at hundreds of healthcare and social service organizations. While at CATIE, he was a treatment educator and wrote several practical guides for people living with HIV.

Deeply connected to community work, Devan serves on committees with the CIHR Canadian HIV Trials Network, Unity Health, the Ontario Caregiver Organization, Canada’s Drug & Health Technology Agency, and the Toronto Police Service. He has an MSc. in Integrated Healthcare, a diploma in Addiction and Mental Health, and received the Ontario AIDS Network Honour Roll Award in 2002 and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Society Leadership Award in 2006.

He keeps it all together with a dedicated mediation practice, aromatherapy skincare, and always having some good baskitwear on hand.

Eric Peters

He/Him

Manager of Health Promotion

Eric is responsible for turning research into resources for front-line agencies and for the community. He was a core part of the team that brought together queer Black men across the province for open discussion on sex and sexual health, which led to the creation of the Black Gay Men’s Network of Ontario.

Before joining the GMSH team, he worked at the African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario. And beyond the team, he contributes to the work of the HALCO and OHTN boards of directors and is part of the PRIMP research committee at St. Michael’s Hospital.

Always with an eye towards equity and social justice, Eric is keen to see everyone in our community get the services and information that they need.

You can often spot him wearing one of his own streetwear creations, or at Hanlan’s Point in his fire-engine red speedo.

Jordan Bond-Gorr

He/Him/They/Them

Coordinator - Party & Play/ Chemsex Initiatives

Jordan brings the community into focus on the Party and Play campaign. They help produce content, research, and resources for service providers about the realities of chemsex and crystal meth use among queer men. Jordan is driven in their work by the impact it has in the community and the way shame and stigma fall away when drug users are supported and cared for.   

Jordan played a big part in the development of the PnP Zones of Engagement model, which offers a promising shift in how chemsex is understood and treated. They also run the InfoPnP group online and help facilitate trainings for guys in the community and front-line service providers. 

Off the clock, Jordan is known to take out the records for a spin—especially Step II by Sylvester. And most days, they’re donning a good broach, bangle, or bead (and it’s said they have a great pearl necklace).