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Brothers dedicated to making the world a more just and compassionate place.

Craig Kielburger

Co-founder, ambassador for Free The Children (Volunteer)

Craig Kielburger co-founded Free The Children in 1995 at only 12 years of age. Today, he remains a passionate full-time volunteer for the organization, now an international charity and renowned educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.

Free The Children delivers innovative programming to more than 6,000 youth groups and hundreds of thousands of young people in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, the organization has worked in over 40 countries and built more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing regions, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day.

Every year, Craig and his brother Marc Kielburger organize We Day, Free The Children’s signature domestic event that reaches 160,000 students from 4,000 schools in person and more than 5.7 million through televised broadcasts. We Day has 3.7 million likes on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world.

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 and Research In Motion.

Craig 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, including socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes and accessories, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, a speakers’ bureau, and books that address issues of positive social change. In addition, 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.

He has shared the stage, and his voice, with Nobel Peace laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and pop icons, including Former President Bill Clinton, Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson and many more.

With Marc, Craig 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.”

Craig is a New York Times bestselling author who has written nine books. His latest is Living Me to We: The Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians.

Craig has a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, The Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Medal, The World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, and is one of the youngest recipients of The Order of Canada. Craig’s work has been featured on multiple appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN, 60 Minutes, Piers Morgan Live and The Today Show; and in People, Time and The Economist.

Marc Kielburger

Co- founder, ambassador for Free The Children (Volunteer)

Marc Kielburger is the co-founder of Free The Children, an international charity and renowned educational partner that empowers youth to achieve their fullest potential as agents of change.

Free The Children delivers innovative programming to more than 6,000 youth groups and hundreds of thousands of young people in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As the world’s largest network of children helping children through education, the organization has worked in over 40 countries and built more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing regions, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day.

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 and Research In Motion.

Marc is also the co-founder and co-CEO of Me to We. An innovative social enterprise, Me to We provides people with better choices for a better world, including socially conscious and environmentally friendly clothes and accessories, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, a speakers bureau and books which address issues of positive social change. In addition, 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.

Each year, both Craig and Marc Kielburger organize Free The Children’s We Day, the organization’s signature domestic event, which reaches 160,000 students from 4,000 schools in person and more than 5.7 million through televised broadcasts. We Day is one of the world’s largest charitable causes on Facebook with 3.7 million likes.

They share the stage, and their voices, with Nobel Peace Laureates, heads of state, celebrities, rock bands, actors and pop icons, including Former President Bill Clinton, Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson and many more.

Marc graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, completing a degree in international relations. He won a coveted Rhodes Scholarship and went on to complete a law degree at Oxford University. Marc has also received nine honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the field of education and human rights.

Along with his brother Craig, Marc writes Global Voices, a weekly column about the pressing issues of our time, syndicated in the Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Calgary Herald, Winnipeg Free Press and the Huffington Post and Huffington Post Canada online. Also, the Kielburgers are weekly Globe & Mail columnists for a weekly advice column called “Ask the Kielburgers.”

Marc is also a New York Times bestselling author who has written five books, including Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World.

Marc is the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Canada and selected by the World Economic Forum as one of 250 Young Global Leaders. His work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Colbert Report, 60 Minutes, CNN, BBC, as well as many other news and print media.

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