Hollyhock Presenters

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Our presenters are curated for their quality, depth, integrity, and alignment with our educational purpose. Since 1982, a distinguished faculty of authors, educators, activists, artists, performers, and practitioners have shared their work at our Cortes Island campus and in Vancouver.

People smiling at Activate 2023 Hollyhock Leadership Institute

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau is a celebrated mental health advocate and champion of gender equality, female empowerment, youth self-esteem, and health and wellness. She has been recognized with multiple UN awards for her humanitarian work and was also named the first National Volunteer for the Canadian Mental Health Association in 2022. With her passion and drive, Sophie lends her credibility to every project she works on.

Sophie is a trained television, radio host, and interviewer. She began her career as a journalist in Quebec, hosting shows on wildlife, extreme sports, entertainment, and technology, where she interviewed many renowned individuals including Malala Yousafzai, Gloria Steinem, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Adrienne Clarkson, among many others.

In 2018, Sophie received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the United Nations Association of New York. She is currently a Youth Leadership Global Ambassador for Plan International Canada, an organization she has collaborated with for many years, which has allowed her to meet young people from all walks of life to address inequality and emotional literacy. Sophie’s articles on these topics have been featured on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Platform and the World Economic Forum’s website. She has also been an official ambassador for Plan Canada’s “Because I am a Girl” initiative, the FitSpirit Foundation, as well as Parks Canada’s Honorary Guide for Families and Newcomers.

Throughout her professional and personal endeavours, Sophie has been fortunate to meet and converse with several renowned world leaders in hopes of bringing further change and justice to the world, including the late Queen Elizabeth II, Pope Francis, King Abdullah II of Jordan, French President Emmanuel Macron, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, and many more. She was invited to speak at Amal Alamuddin Clooney’s conference in Toronto, and to offer opening remarks for Michelle Obama’s and President Barack Obama’s respective visits to Montreal and Toronto.

In 2024, Sophie’s first book, Closer Together: Knowing Ourselves, Loving Each Other will be published. In it, she explores the questions that matter most for our individual and collective growth, drawing on her personal journey as well as on exclusive interviews with renowned experts to explore the science behind brain health and our unique emotional signatures. She hopes to ignite an emotional evolution and encourage all people to become more aware of their emotions and the inner workings of their own personality in order to inspire everyone to see that there are more things that bring us together than separate us.

Sophie is a certified yoga teacher and meditation practitioner and teaches classes on a volunteer basis at public schools both in-person and virtually. An outdoor enthusiast, she is also a certified PADI underwater diver, a level one alpine ski instructor, and an ambassador for Nature Canada as part of their Women for Nature initiative. Sophie is also a local Honorary Riverkeeper in Ottawa, and an influencer for the Deliver for Good campaign, which championed gender equality and the health of girls and women worldwide. The mother of three children, Sophie was the recipient of the 2017 Because Mothers Matter Award.