Rhonelle Bruder, MSc, BS (Hons) is a TED Talk speaker, advocate, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder of RISE Initiative; a community for survivors, advocates, and allies to inspire, educate and empower each other. A survivor of human trafficking, Rhonelle has shared her story of overcoming adversity and resilience to global audiences and uses her voice to advocate for raising awareness of human
trafficking and for the rights of survivors.
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, business analysis, and project management.
In addition to her public speaking and advocacy, 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, homelessness, and mental health.
Rhonelle is recognized for her leadership in raising awareness of human trafficking and advocating for the rights of survivors. She was awarded one of Canada’s Top 100 Black Women to Watch in 2019 and has been featured on CBC, Global News, The Agenda,
Flare Magazine, The Toronto Star and more.