Biography: Greg Frankson
Achievements and Accomplishments:
First African-Canadian president of the Alma Mater Society at Queen’s University — the oldest undergraduate student government in Canada
Led a successful student-driven effort to commemorate Robert Sutherland, Canada’s first Black lawyer, on Queen’s campus
Poet Laureate, International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership, 2007-2014
Canadian Team Poetry Slam champion and runner-up at Canadian Individual Poetry Slam in 2012
Resident poet on Here and Now Toronto, CBC Radio One, 2012-2014
Inducted to the VERSeFest Ottawa Hall of Honour in 2013
Grand Slam Finalist, Speaker Slam 2018 Inspirational Speaker of the Year
A. Gregory Frankson, OCT, B.Ed., B.A.
Voice Share Founder & CEO
For over twenty years, Greg Frankson, a.k.a. Ritallin, has been pursuing his personal mission — to present the vision that inspires others to positively change the world — through the power of the pen and the microphone.
Greg is the former poet laureate for the International Initiative for Mental Health Leadership and poetic commentator on CBC Radio One’s Here and Now Toronto afternoon show. Ritallin is an award-winning poet and community activist who was the runner-up at the 2012 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam and won a national poetry slam team championship the same year.
His words have been published on three continents and released on several solo and collaborative audio recordings. Greg has published three trade books, several chapbooks and has inspired poetry by literary notables such as former parliamentary poet laureate George Elliott Clarke.
Greg is a talented performer, emcee, poet-in-residence and public speaker who is thrilled to be the person to bring Voice Share to life.