Rhonelle Bruder is an ​internationally recognized ​speaker, ​advocate, writer, and ​ social entrepreneur. ​Rhonelle ​engages ​audiences around the world speaking about resilience, human ​rights​, social equity, and mental health.

About Rhonelle

Rhonelle Bruder is a TEDx speaker, advocate, consultant, and founder of the RISE Initiative; a grassroots project dedicated to empowering youth in crisis. Rhonelle has shared her story of overcoming adversity and resilience to global audiences and uses her voice to advocate for the voiceless and work to empower the most vulnerable amongst us. 

Rhonelle holds a Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Victoria and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration from New York City College of Technology and has over eight experience working in research and project management.

In addition, Rhonelle provides consultancy to corporations, NGO's, government agencies, non-profits, and advisory committees. Her expertise includes the design and implementation of evidence-based and trauma-informed services for women, youth and those from diverse and racialized backgrounds; specifically, regarding human trafficking, social equity, and mental health.  

Most recently Rhonelle has contributed to a review of human trafficking in Canada for the United Nations Inter Press Service and participating in a roundtable discussion on empowerment and entrepreneurship with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.


Rhonelle is recognized for her leadership in raising awareness of human trafficking and advocating for the rights of survivors. Due to her lived experience and subject matter expertise, Rhonelle has been appointed to:

Rhonelle regularly contributes to national and international media including  CBC, The Agenda with Steve Paikin, United Nations Interpress, The Toronto Star, and Flare Magazine for her expertise in human trafficking, social equity, and mental health.

Rhonelle is available for speaking, training, consultation, and media commentary.