Speaking Events

by Franke James

Franke James presenting at Credit Valley, Ontario October, 2011

Artist and author Franke James was the keynote speaker at the 11th annual Friends of the Credit Stewardship Forum, at University of Toronto Mississauga.

Forests: Rooted in Our Community, October 15, 2011

Speaking & Workshop Events

Artist, author and speaker Franke James is an entertaining and persuasive advocate for the environment. She merges science, art and storytelling to inspire people to take action and “do the hardest thing first” for the planet. Her lively presentations demonstrate her ‘rare skill of presenting important abstract concepts with immediacy and relevance through her art.’

Franke has delivered keynotes and workshops at a variety of educational events in Canada and the USA, including Upper Canada College, the University of Colorado, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, the Canadian Ecology Centre, the University of Cincinnati, Bates College, the Ontario Teachers Federation climate change camps and many others (see below for details). She frequently combines speaking events with her Green Conscience art workshops. Please see the topics and feedback below from recent events.

To book Franke for an event, please contact her by email:, or by phone: 416-256-9166 to discuss the opportunity, your needs, and speaker fees.

About Franke
Franke is the author of the award-winning graphic book Bothered By My Green Conscience and the inventor of the award-winning business game-book, Dear Office-Politics. She has a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Mount Allison University. Read longer bio…

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  • Thank you so much for the wonderful weekend you spent with us at Bates Franke. The presentation was a wonderful melding of environmental activism, artistic expression and thought provoking questions/ideas with which to begin a college career. Our first year students enjoyed it greatly; over the next four years I am sure they will come to recognize anew how powerful a message it was with which to begin undergraduate education.

    Your workshop on Six Tools to Make Climate Change Art was greatly appreciated by the students who attended and they are making use of it now in preparation for Oct. 24th events. Finally, it was such a delight to have your enthusiasm, commitment and humor permeating our campus — I’m just so glad that it lives on in some sense through your blog about the trip to Bates College.

  • Ryan Dean says:


    What can I say? Attending your talk really put things into perspective for me. I can honestly say that your visit to Bates really made all of the lofty possibilities a tangible reality. I am so impressed because you not only recognize that you must take up this social responsibility yourself, but you are actually compelling enough to get others to do the same. Students here came away from your talk both with a greener conscience AND ways in which they could create activist art themselves. It’s brilliant.

    I find your combination of activism and art completely inspiring and it has sparked an energy in me that has only grown in the days since! My head is buzzing with the number of new ideas that I am determined to see come to fruition. Thanks for everything.


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  • Kat says:

    I recently learned of Franke and her work through a friend of mine. I am chagrined to admit that until lately, I have not paid much attention to my surroundings nor worked actively to preserve them. My family and I are in the process of making many much-overdue changes and to “do the hardest thing first.”

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