Speaker I Survivor & Advocate I Founder, RISE Initiative


As Seen On/In



Highly requested speaker for Keynotes, conferences, and panel discussions. Ranging in topics about human rights, activisim, and gender equality to racial identity, mental health, and self motivation.


Distinguished writer, with recent work featured in the Toronto Star and Flare Magazine. With the ability to articulate serious and often complex issues in a digestable manner for readers.


Sought after educator and facilatator. Providing presentations and workshops on a variety of topics including human trafficking prevention, mental health, and leadership . That both inform and engage participants.

Overcoming Adversity: My Story of Resilience

Watch 18 min

Examining Human Trafficking in Ontario

Watch 1 min

Advocating for Youth Equity Strategy

Watch 2 min

"Rhonelle is not your average speaker – she shares her experiences with trauma and resilience with a sense of courageousness and dignity that inspired everyone in the audience to rise above their own struggles and find meaning in difficult life experiences. With her speech, Rhonelle taught us all about the ways that we can reclaim our personal narratives and shift the direction of our life trajectories by maintaining a positive, resilient psychological mindset".

Shalyn Isaacs, President of Women's Mental Health Talks, York University

"Rhonelle is a brilliant, exceptional, competent, intelligent and very professional speaker and mentor. I felt as if I had known her for years even on the very first day that we met to discuss her involvement as a guest speaker at our event. I am honoured, humbled and grateful to have worked with Rhonelle for this event and I look forward to further engaging with her and to also support her on any of her initiatives going forward". 

- Sindy Zemura-Bernard,   

Southern Africa Embrace Foundation

"Rhonelle is a fierce advocate, who brings with her many professional qualities that make her stand apart from the crowd. These qualities make her a dynamic public speaker, a fierce advocate, and a tenacious learner and educator. In addition to this, Rhonelle is also just a gentle, kind, and honest person. The same principles she espouses to promote mental health and wellness, she practices with her friends, families, and colleagues, and I believe this to be her highest quality" 

- Pratik Nair, Jack.org

It was a privilege to have Rhonelle Bruder as our Keynote Speaker, last month, for our Black History Month event here at Women’s Health In Women’s Hands Community Health Centre. I was so moved as I heard Rhonelle share her powerful story of resilience. Rhonelle, you are such an inspiration to many and continue to remind us of the power we have within ourselves to make greater individual and community changes. 

- Chantal Carey, Women’s Health in Women’s Hands

"I remain impressed and inspired by Rhonelle's fervent drive to use her experience of personal struggle to drive her academic and professional ambitions to make our communities better for those who need it most". 

Anthony Morgan, Human Rights Lawyer, Community Activist

Rhonelle is an advocate for all people and continues to share her message of hope, resilience and caring throughout our community". 

Louis March, Founder Zero Gun Violence Movement