Greg Frankson


Canada



True peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.




BackGround

Greg Frankson is the founder and CEO of Voice Share Inc., which provides training, coaching/mentorship, and consulting services focused on transformative organizational change through inclusive leadership and effective communication. Prior to creating Voice Share in 2018, Greg was a teacher, arts educator, event producer, corporate trainer, and anti-discrimination facilitator.
Throughout his career, Greg has used his voice to create social change as an advocate, award-winning literary artist, and media commentator. Artistically, he published three poetry collections, contributed to three anthologies, edited AfriCANthology: Perspectives of Black Canadian Poets (2022), and released four full-length audio recordings, among many other achievements. He was also an on-air poetic commentator on Here and Now Toronto on CBC Radio One. In community, his leadership resulted in the overdue commemoration of Robert Sutherland, Canada’s first known university graduate of colour and first Black lawyer, at Queen’s University and across Canada. His words have been published in periodicals and poetry journals on three continents.
Greg is a former Canadian national poetry slam champion, an inaugural inductee to the VERSe Ottawa Hall of Honour, and poet laureate of the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership. He served on the boards of Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization (OCISO) and Tropicana Community Services (Toronto), and currently chairs the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Advisory Council at the Abilities Centre (Whitby, Ontario). Greg has left a lasting impact at his alma mater, Queen’s University, as its first Black student government president, former student senator and ex-officio trustee, and as a long-serving current member of the University Council. He graduated from Queen’s in 1999 with Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, earned concurrently, and is a full member of the League of Canadian Poets and the Ontario College of Teachers. Greg lives in Whitby and has three daughters.

Leadership Journey

I began as a youth leader in Scarborough, engaged in anti-racism activities in the community. At Queen's, I made history as the university's first Black president of the oldest student government in Canada. From there, I took my acquired skills and applied them in the arts, community service, the federal public service, and in the private and not-for-profit sectors in a wide variety of sales, marketing, writing, event production, training, and policy development roles. This unique combination of experiences informs my current work in inclusive leadership and effective communication, and is the genesis of Voice Share's motto: To share the voice you own, you must first own the voice you share.