"I survived human trafficking, homelessness, physical and emotional abuse. But that's not my story! It's what happened after these experiences that changed me in ways, I never could have imagined"
Rhonelle Bruder is a TEDx speaker, advocate, consultant, and founder of RISE Initiative; a platform for survivors of trauma and adversity to empower and inspire each other. 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.
Additionally, Rhonelle provides consultancy to corporations, NGO's, government agencies, non-profits, and advisory committees. Her expertise includes the design and implementation of culturally relevant, 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 participated 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: