Rhonelle Bruder is a public speaker and human rights advocate. She has travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United States for speaking engagements at high schools, universities, faith groups, conferences, professional groups and events to educate and bring awareness to the fight against human trafficking. Rhonelle’s work in the anti-human trafficking sector is informed by lived experience as a survivor of trafficking and formerly homeless teen.
A high school dropout, and single mother, Rhonelle knew that she wanted a better future for herself and her daughter and that education was the key to achieving this objective. She completed her high school diploma with a G.E.D and then went on to earn an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Services Administration. With her education and newfound confidence, Rhonelle worked as a business analyst and researcher before returning to school to complete a Master of Science in Health Informatics from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.
Today, Rhonelle is the Executive Director of Project iRISE, a non-profit committed to educating and empowering survivors of sexual exploitation and those at risk through education, mentorship, skills development, and community leadership. She sits on multiple boards and advisory committees, including the Sick Kids Hospital, The City of Toronto, and HEAL Trafficking for expertise on human trafficking and child exploitation. Rhonelle has appeared on many national and local media sources, including but not limited to Flare Magazine, CBC, CP24, The Toronto Star, and Global News, Caribbean Camera, and the Toronto Sun.