Motivational Speaker, 2SLGBTQ+ Leader, Mental Health Advocate, & Former Pageant Queen
Katlyn Kotila (she/her) is a 22-year-old Public Speaker, mental health advocate, queer leader, and former Miss World Canada Delegate, born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario.
As someone who has battled with anxiety, depression and suicidal thoughts for most of her life, Katlyn knows all about fear of failure. And showing off a tough exterior when you are (secretly) crumbling into tiny pieces on the inside.
Aged only 14, she lost a close friend to suicide, which became the catalyst that propelled her into public speaking.
Katlyn has dedicated her life to advocating for better mental health infrastructures among youth populations, and eliminating barriers to access for 2SLGBTQ+ and Northern students.
By sharing her personal experiences, Katlyn inspires kindness and self-acceptance, with the hope that no one else should have to lose their life to suicide. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Committee for the Knowledge Institute for Child and Youth Mental Health and is President/Chairperson of Fierté Sudbury Pride.
Since starting out in 2018, she has worked alongside a number of organizations in partnership with marginalized communities, and spoken to thousands of people across North America.
A compelling motivational speaker and mental health advocate, Katlyn inspires and empowers audiences by sharing her own candid story. A story of mental health, suicide-loss, self-acceptance and learning how to stop being so hard on yourself.
To learn more about Katlyn Kotila you can visit her website at katlynkotila.com or connect with her on social media @katlynkotila