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Michelle Emson

Keynote Speaker, Author, and Human Rights Activist

Speaking Engagement

Available to speak on a variety of subjects but most especially around diversity, inclusivity, and the transgender journey


Truly embrace diversity and inclusivity in your organization with professional training customized to suit your team.


Michelle is an award-winning public speaker, educator, and storyteller.


Engaging workshops that explore diversity and inclusivity within your organization


Visibility is the cornerstone to acceptance. Michelle is happy to appear at your key events to promote this foundation.


Michelle is delighted to offer consulting services for organizations looking to embrace diversity.


Michelle has appeared at numerous events including ILGA World, Global Feminist Conference, National LGBT Conference Ukraine, and more. She has also appeared on many podcasts and interviews a small selection of which appear here:

Diversity & Inclusivity

Embracing diversity and inclusivity begins with the thorough understanding of what that means. You will learn about the many intersectionalities of diversity including, but not limited to, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, race, creed, geography, language, and many more.

The cultural transformation begins at the top with clear leadership but is dependent upon the entire organization to embrace diversity.

Transgender Experience

Transphobia is the irrational fear of transgender people.

Eradicate that fear within your organization by letting Michelle share her personal journey of transformation through her powerful, engaging, storytelling style.


About Me

I am a blend of so many things. Indeed, I embody diversity in just one life-experience! A devout technologist, solutions architect, author, speaker, workshop facilitator, documentary filmmaker, entrepreneur, musician, sound & lighting designer, and a lesbian woman with a transgender lived experience.

I currently serve as Digital Director for Women’s March Global and the Global Count; Executive Director for the Canadian Trans Network; and Founder & CEO of Sanctuary Studios Inc.

I am a former Board Member of the Dignity Network and YWCA Muskoka.

In 2017 I was honoured to receive the 2017 YWCA Muskoka “Women of Distinction Award” and win the Speaker Slam “The Road Less Travelled” professional speaker’s competition.


“Michelle is an amazing human being. She lives more authentically than anyone I know. She publicly shares her experiences in ways that change people’s lives. To know Michelle is to open your mind and heart and grow as an individual.” ~ Nancy Osborne CD

“She has an amazing personality and her speech about her journey is one that I listen to over and over again. She’s an inspiration to all!” ~ Sarah Wray

“Michelle came prepared with a full lesson plan to teach diversity to my class of Grade 1-2 students that engaged them for the entire period” ~ Teacher, TLDBS

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3 weeks ago
Michelle Emson

Visible and proud. ...

Visible and proud.
1 month ago
Michelle Emson

MQFF2021 - Panel Discussion - Sunday ...

1 month ago
Michelle Emson

MQFF2021 - Panel Discussion - Saturday ...

1 month ago
Michelle Emson

MQFF2021 - Panel Discussion - Friday March 19th ...

1 month ago
Michelle Emson

Be visible. Be free. ...

Be visible. Be free.
2 months ago
Michelle Emson

Thank you Muskoka Queer Film Festival for the opportunity to lead the discussion with the brilliant filmmakers and the representative of Muskoka Pride Merv Taylor-Morin on the first day of the Festival!
Please join us tonight for the series of films dedicated to love! Check the schedule and get your ticket (based on the donation) here

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