About the Forum

The Federal Speakers’ Forum on Lived Experience (the Forum) combines the services of the former Federal Speakers’ Forum on Diversity and Inclusion and Federal Speakers’ Bureau on Mental Health.

Through the Forum, we aim to build a community of speakers who share lived experience related to:

By sharing ideas and building connections the Forum aims to open hearts and minds to inspire action towards a more inclusive workplace.

Voices of change

Our team is continuously adding to a roster of volunteers from the public service. Our speakers come from a variety of regions, backgrounds, and perspectives to speak on topics including, but not limited to:

  • racialization
  • Indigeneity
  • accessibility
  • mental health
  • ageism
  • feminism
  • allyship

It is through shared ideas and connections that we instill hope and help change the culture for a more psychologically healthy, safe, and respectful workplace.


Inviting a speaker to your workplace event or staff meeting will help your organization:

  • learn about resources available
  • reduce stigma and dispel myths and misconceptions
  • raise awareness and create a common ground of understanding
  • engage colleagues in conversations about mental health, diversity, and inclusion
  • learn to take action to create a psychologically healthy, safe, accessible, diverse, and inclusive workplace

How we came to be

The Government of Canada is building on its efforts to foster a healthy, inclusive, and respectful workplace by bringing together the Federal Speakers’ Forum on Diversity and Inclusion, and the Federal Speakers’ Bureau on Mental Health.

The Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) aims to build a unified community of speakers who share lived experience related to mental health, accessibility, diversity, and inclusion. By combining the two forums OCHRO can better support speakers; and by sharing their stories and building connections, the speakers will help create a more inclusive and healthy workplace culture.

It is important to note that the Forum was co-developed with communities and networks of marginalized public servants with their input and needs at the very core of the program.

The Forum is part of the Centre on Diversity and Inclusion at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

Contact us at Speakers-Conferenciers@tbs-sct.gc.ca if you have questions or feedback that you’d like to share.

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