about us

Our Team

From our tireless staff and volunteers to our incredible donors, Board of Directors and celebrity ambassadors, our team lives by a shared set of values that keep us connected. Fuelled by shameless idealism, we empower youth to change the world through “WE” thinking and “WE” acting.

We are fortunate to have a dynamic, dedicated and experienced Board of Directors to help us in our mission to transform lives by empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty. Through their expertise, the Board of Directors provides legal and financial oversight to all of Free The Children’s projects and activities.

North American Board Of Directors

Michelle Douglas (Chair)

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANADA

Area of Expertise: Law, Social Justice, Change Management

Dr. Jonathan White (Vice Chair)

DIRECTOR, BENTLEY SERVICE-LEARNING CENTRE, PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, BENTLEY UNIVERSITY

Area of Expertise: Ethics, Educational Programming

Kannan Arasaratnam, MBA, CA, CPA, CSC

SENIOR MANAGER, DELOITTE

Area of Expertise: Finance

Richard Beaven

GLOBAL CEO, INITIATIVE MEDIA (RETIRED)

Area of Expertise: Marketing, Public Relations

Jordan Banks

GLOBAL HEAD OF VERTICAL STRATEGY, FACEBOOK

Area of Expertise: Technology, Digital Media

Chris Besse

COO, FRESHGRADE

Area of Expertise: Finance, Governance, Educational Programming

Andrew Black

CEO, BRAND PROJECT LP, FORMER CEO VIRGIN MOBILE

Area of Expertise: Branding

Nikki Bohannon, J.D.

MANAGEMENT, PHILYMACK

Area of Expertise: Law

Gerry Connelly

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (RETIRED), TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming, School Engagement

Mary-Eileen Donovan

SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION (RETIRED), TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming, School Engagement

Stanley Hainsworth

FOUNDER & CEO, TETHER INC.

Area of Expertise: Brand & Marketing

Eric Morrison

FORMER CEO, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Area of Expertise: Strategic Communications, Public Relations

Neil Taylor

PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN, INVESTORS GROUP SECURITIES

Area of Expertise: Governance, Finance

Shelley White

PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY AND PUBLIC HEALTH,

SIMMONS COLLEGE

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming, Social Jusice Education


UK Boards of Directors

Lord Rumi Verjee (Chair of UK Board of Directors)

FOUNDER, THE RUMI FOUNDATION

Area of Expertise: Business, Governance

Craig Burkinshaw

FOUNDER, AUDLEY TRAVEL

Area of Expertise: Marketing, Business, Social Enterprise

Marianne Fallon

PARTNER, HEAD OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS, KPMG

Area of Expertise: Finance, Governance

Hamish Jenkinson

DIRECTOR, OLD VIC TUNNELS; TRUSTEE, KEVIN SPACEY FOUNDATION

Area of Expertise: Entertainment, Marketing

Pauline Latham

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR MID-DERBYSHIRE

Area of Expertise: Government Relations, International Development, Educational Programming

Graham Moysey

HEAD, AOL INTERNATIONAL

Area of Expertise: Business, Media, Marketing

Neil Roskilly

CEO, INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming

Global Co-Chairs

David Aisenstat

President and CEO, Keg Steakhouse and Bar and Chairman of the Keg Spirit Foundation

Dave I. McKay

President, Royal Bank of Canada

Hartley Richardson

President and CEO, James Richardson and Sons


National Co-Chairs – Canada

Darren Entwistle

Chief Executive and President of TELUS Corporation

Jeffrey Latimer

Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment

The Honourable David C. Onley

Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Bill Thomas

CEO and Senior Partner, KPMG LLP Canada

Jennifer Tory

Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking, Royal Bank of Canada


National Co-Chairs – U.S.

Tom Wilson

Chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation and Allstate Insurance Company

Janet Crown

Founder, Burn 60

Jennifer Hudson

Award-winning Actress and Musician

Steve Robinson

CEO, Reimagine

Sheryl Sandberg

COO, Facebook


WE Day Toronto

Kim Mason

Regional President, Greater Toronto Region, Royal Bank of Canada


WE Day Vancouver

Lorne Segal

President, Kingswood Properties Ltd


WE Day Manitoba

Mark Chipman

President, True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd.

Hartley Richardson

President and CEO, James Richardson and Sons

Bob Silver

President, Western Glove Works Ltd.


WE Day Alberta

Neil Gaydon

President and CEO, SMART Technologies

Rob Geremia

President, Boardwalk Rental Communities

Gregg Saretsky

President and CEO, WestJet


WE Day Atlantic Canada

Roger Howard

Regional President, Atlantic Canada, Royal Bank of Canada

Ken Power

Director, Atlantic Canada, TELUS

Doug Reid, FCA

Managing Partner, Atlantic Canada, KPMG LLP Canada

WE Day Montreal

Catherine Turner

Entrepreneur and Philanthropist

Paul Desmarais III

Vice-President of Power Financial and Power Corporation


WE Day Ottawa

Patrick Mullins

Vice President, Portfolio Manager, Dundee Goodman Private Wealth

Jeff York

President and CEO, Farm Boy Inc.


WE Day Minnesota

Dean Phillips

Philanthropist, Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation

Hutton Phillips

Philanthropist, Edward J. Phillips Family Foundation


WE Day California

Southern California

Stephanie Argyros

President and CEO, Argyros Group

Jeff Skoll

Founder and Chairman, Skoll Foundation and Participant Media

Northern California

Gavin Newsom

Lieutenant Governor of California

Jennifer Siebel Newsom

Filmmaker and Philanthropist


WE Day Seattle

Pete Carroll

Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks

Judson Althoff

President, Microsoft North America

Jolene McCaw


WE Day Illinois

Tom Wilson

Chairman and CEO, The Allstate Corporation and Allstate Insurance Company

Arne Duncan

Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Common

Award-winning hip-hop artist, Actor & Founder, Common Ground Foundation


WE Day UK

Holly Branson

Trustee and Founder, The Big Change Charitable Trust; Chair, Virgin Unite

Lord Rumi Verjee

Founder, The Rumi Foundation;

Lord Rumi of Portobello

Executive Director

Scott Baker

Scott Baker

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, FREE THE CHILDREN

As Executive Director of Free The Children since 2010, Scott Baker has played an integral role in the growth and success of Free The Children as one of the world’s leading youth-driven charities.

Scott joined the team in 2004 as Director of ME to WE Leadership Programming, helping to inspire and motivate thousands of youth across Canada to take action in their local communities. As one of the organization’s first facilitators, Scott provided invaluable leadership to various programs and campaigns and has played an important role in turning strategy into action.

In 2007 Scott spearheaded the development of Free The Children’s Ecuador programming in the Chimborazo province. Scott’s passion for sustainable development through partnership with local communities helped him lead an incredible team in Ecuador for four years as the Country Director.

Meet Scott Baker, Executive Director of Free The Children, and gain a deeper understanding of our international development model.

Q&A with Scott Baker

Founders

Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger

AMBASSADOR FOR FREE THE CHILDREN (VOLUNTEER)

Marc Kielburger

Marc Kielburger

AMBASSADOR FOR FREE THE CHILDREN (VOLUNTEER)

Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger are social entrepreneurs and co-founders of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Together, they co-founded Free The Children, which provides a holistic development model called WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, they co-founded ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of their charitable organization.

Craig is the youngest ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 12 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. Craig has received The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and the World Children’s Prize. He was recently voted by Canadians as one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll, and along with his brother Marc, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector in 2015.

Marc graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree from Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 8 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders. Marc was also recently inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. In 2015, along with his brother Craig, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector.

Q&A with Craig & Marc

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson, CEO of Allstate, on partnering with Free The Children and working with Craig and Marc.