We’re Ottawa’s health connection for guys into guys
MAX is a community-based organization that focuses on maximizing the health and wellness of gay, bisexual, Two-spirit, queer, and other guys who are into guys, both cis and trans, in the Ottawa region.
We’re front line
MAX is on the ground in the Ottawa region, reaching out to guys into guys where they meet and socialize, raising awareness, providing prevention and education materials, and getting them connected to information and resources.
We have great services for you and your community
MAX offers individual, group, and community support and education services by and for guys into guys in the Ottawa region; and we work with the health care providers that serve them.
Meet The Team
Our team is made up of passionate and engaged guys into guys or allies, working as directors, staff or volunteers, contributing to our communities’ health and wellness.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Brent Bauer, Chair
Brent Bauer has a twenty-five year history of volunteerism and governance experience in the HIV/AIDS and gay men’s health and wellness sectors. Since 2016, he has served as Board Chair for MAX and currently sits on the Executive of the Ontario HIV/AIDS Treatment Network. Brent is the Director of the Government of Canada’s Canada Service Corps, and in his downtime swims with the Rideau Speedeaus, Ottawa’s inclusive swim club.
Nicholas Valela, Vice-Chair
Nick served as a founding director of the Ottawa Gay Men’s Wellness Initiative in 2014, later rebranding as MAX where he serves as vice-chair. He is involved in GayZone, Ottawa’s GBT2Q male friendly clinic and wellness centre and has played a leading role in improving data collection for queer populations by health-care providers.
Steele Campbell, Treasurer
Born and raised in Ottawa, Steele is a graduate from Queen's University in Economics and has been working with TD Canada Trust in Commercial Banking for the last 8 years. Besides being MAX's Treasurer, Steele plays in the Ottawa Queer Softball League
Kyle Kirkup is an Assistant Professor at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. He has published on topics including the criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, the legal regulation of sex work, and transgender human rights law. Before joining the University of Ottawa, Kyle completed graduate studies at Yale Law School and the University of Toronto and clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada.
Tyler Boyce brings a background in community development as well as HIV research, advocacy and front-line service to the Board. He is a strong advocate for social justice and hopes to contribute to a community free from external as well as internal prejudice and discrimination. With empathy and compassion progress is possible.
Captain Matthew Hou
Captain Matthew Hou, MSc, MPA, rmc is an Army Logistics Officer working at Assistant Deputy Minister (Material) in supply chain operations after deployments across North America and Afghanistan. Matthew has served on HIV/AIDS service organization boards across Canada since 2006 and is proud to contribute to furthering men's health with MAX Ottawa.
Roberto Ortiz Nunez
Roberto Ortiz is the first Executive Director of MAX. He was previously the Research and Development Officer at RÉZO Santé in Montréal. Since he immigrated from Mexico a decade ago, Roberto has been working for and with GBT2Q men, more specifically in community organization, intersectionality, strategic partnerships, and community-based research.
Robert is the Communications and Outreach Coordinator. He brings 10 years of nursing experience, volunteering with LGBTQ+ organizations, a strong passion for health equity, and lived experience as a Black, queer male to his role.
Derek Cassidy is the Mental Health and Wellness Coordinator at MAX. He is responsible for the mental health navigation service and other wellness programming. Derek has been working for and with guys into guys since 2013, more specifically doing harm reduction, community development, peer support, and online and offline outreach.
Matthew Harding is the Community Engagement Coordinator at MAX. New Brunswick Native, he moved to Ottawa to pursue post-secondary education. He enjoys pizza and dogs.
Board Of Directors
Brent Bauer, Chair
Nick Valela, Vice-Chair
Steele Campbell, Treasurer
Derek Cassidy, Mental Health & Wellness Coordinator
Matthew Harding, Community Engagement Coordinator
Roberto Ortiz, Executive Director
Robert Alsberry, Communications and Outreach Coordinator