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Marc Keilburger, Co-Founder of Me to We

Marc Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author and gifted orator. Along with his brother, Craig, Marc is the co-founder of Free The Children, an international charity and educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change. He also co-founded Me to We, a pioneering social enterprise, and the youth empowerment event, We Day.
 
Free The Children delivers innovative programming to more than 2.3 million youth and 10,000 schools from Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As the world’s largest youth-driven charity, the organization works in eight developing countries and has built over 650 schools and school rooms, and provided permanent sources of clean water to more than one million beneficiaries. Free The Children has a proven track record of success, having formed successful partnerships with top school boards and leading corporations—including Oprah’s Angel Network, KPMG, RBC and Microsoft.
 
Every year, Marc and Craig organize a series of We Days, Free The Children’s signature event that engages 200,000 students from over 8000 schools in person. We Day also reaches nearly 6 million viewers through televised broadcasts and has more than 3.5 million followers on Facebook.
 
Marc is also the co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise. Me to We provides people with better choices for a better world by offering socially conscious, sweatshop-free and environmentally friendly products and experiences, including life-changing international volunteer trips, sustainably made clothing and accessories, leadership training programs and materials, an inspirational speakers’ bureau and books that address issues of positive change. Half of Me to We’s net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.
 
Marc has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and icons, including Malala Yousafzai, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Sir Richard Branson, among many more.
 
Marc is a New York Times bestselling author and has written 10 books. His latest, The Power of We Day: Moving the World From Me to We, which celebrates famous social activists, as well as the remarkable young people committed to making the world a better place. With Craig, Marc also writes Global Voices, a weekly column about the pressing issues of our time, syndicated in the Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Winnipeg Free Press, The Huffington Post and Huffington Post Canada online. The Kielburgers also write a weekly advice column in the Globe & Mail called “Ask the Kielburgers.
 
Marc graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, completing a degree in International Relations. He was later awarded a coveted Rhodes Scholarship and went on to complete a law degree at Oxford University. Marc has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights.
 
Marc is the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 250 Young Global Leaders. Along with his brother Craig, Marc was also inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for their humanitarian efforts and their work to empower youth to change the world. His work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, as well as in National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist.

 

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Wed, 22 May 2019 17 Iyyar 5779