Kim Katrin

Writer. Educator. Artist.


Kim Katrin is an internationally acclaimed award winning educator, writer, artist & consultant. Recognized stateside as one of The Root's' Young Feminists to Watch', celebrated in Canada as 2016’s National Youth Role Model and nationally as one of the 50 Most Loved Gay Canadians.

Interviewing Erykah Badu at AfroChic Cultural Arts Festival 2018

Interviewing Erykah Badu at AfroChic Cultural Arts Festival 2018

Kim is one of the owners and current member of the board for the Glad Day Book Shop, the oldest LGBT bookstore in the world.

As an educator, Kim travels around the world talking to people about justice, equity, and human rights. One of the most fundamental things she shares is a reframing of the golden rule. The golden rule suggests that we should treat other people the way that we want to be treated. That might seem simple enough, but it assumes that there is a standard for other people’s experiences. Instead, she encourages audiences to treat people the way they want to be treated, which means we have to ask.

A passionate speaker, Kim is dedicated to intersectionality and invested in arousing a sense of curiosity and empathy in her audience. She uniquely weaves together the historical context, statistical analysis, as well as current events. She is a dynamic speaker, invested in the issues and inspiring in her approach to solutions. By focusing on small meaningful actions and choices, she makes creating large scale change accessible.
A public researcher, consultant and human rights educator, she has shared hundreds of unique resources and presentations around issues including race, ability & gender. As a social entrepreneur, she speaks to the opportunities and challenges for women in business and leadership roles. With great openness, she welcomes difficult conversations hosting community dialogues and sharing practical strategies around ‘Sexuality & Consent’, ‘Queer & Trans Allyship’ and ‘Anti­Racism & Equity’.

Since 2012, Kim has spoken at universities throughout Canada and the US to thousands of students, community members & educators. From Ivy League institutions including Princeton, Dartmouth to Canadian schools like McGill & Mount Allison. Kim has opened  for the cultural scholar Cornel West at UC Davis, delivered the keynote address at HBCU's Morehouse & Spelman's first Pride and was a beloved panelist at Amber Rose’s first Slutwalk.

She has hosted events for the United Nations, conversations with Grammy award winner Erykah Badu, New York Times best selling writer Roxane Gay and icon Jewelle Gomez. She has acted as the Grand Marshall for Hudson, NY Pride, hosted an inspiring session at Dreamforce 2016 and joined Autostraddle for their 2018 A-Camp.
She has contributed to Cosmopolitan,
MTV, NBC, Larry King Now, Buzzfeed, Bustle and the CBC. She was featured in GAP’s 2019 Pride Campaign with her daughter Soleil.

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Upcoming Events

Available for Booking

September 3rd: One Love at Western University London, Ontario

September 26th: 2019 Webinar Campaign hosted by The Honest Company Winnipeg, Manitoba

September 30th - October 2nd: 2019 Global Conference hosted by LUSH Cosmetics Vancouver, British Columbia

October 8th Engage Speaker Talks hosted by National Speakers Bureau Toronto, Ontario

October 21st Moderating Beyonce Panel hosted by Toronto Public Library Toronto, Ontario

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Kim Katrin is a nuanced and powerful speaker igniting conferences, universities & corporate trainings. She is engaging and relevant using social media seamlessly through all her presentations. She shares over 100 unique prezis online on a range of human rights and equity issues. Kim makes a warm host, moderator and emcee able to be both entertaining and inclusive. 

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