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 WE Charity’s projects and activities.

Board of Directors, Canada

Michelle Douglas (Chair)

DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANADA

Area of Expertise: Social Justice, Change Management

Kannan Arasaratnam, MBA, CPA

MANAGING DIRECTOR, FTI CONSULTING

Area of Expertise: Finance

Chris Besse

CEO, EDGEMAKERS

Area of Expertise: Finance, Governance, Educational Programming

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

Eric Morrison

FORMER CEO, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Area of Expertise: Strategic Communications, Public Relations

Graham Moysey

CEO, CANADIAN OPERATIONS, IPG MEDIABRANDS

Area of Expertise: Technology, Marketing & Digital Media

Board of Directors, United States of America

Dr. Jonathan White (Chair)

DIRECTOR, BENTLEY SERVICE-LEARNING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CENTER; PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, BENTLEY UNIVERSITY

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming

Dr. Brenda Cassellius

MINNESOTA COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION, MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming

Stanley Hainsworth

FOUNDER & CEO, TETHER INC.

Area of Expertise: Brand & Marketing

Terry Mazany

FORMER PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY TRUST

Area of Expertise: Public education, Philanthropy

Tawfiq Rangwala

PARTNER, MILBANK, TWEED, HADLEY AND MCLOY

Area of Expertise: Legal, Governance

Stephanie Swedlove

INDEPENDENT PRODUCER

Area of Expertise: Digital Media & Marketing, Philanthropy

Dr. Shelley White

PROGRAM DIRECTOR; MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH; ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIOLOGY, SIMMONS COLLEGE

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming, Social Justice Education

Boards of Directors, United Kingdom

Lord Rumi Verjee (Chair)

FOUNDER, THE RUMI FOUNDATION

Area of Expertise: Business, Governance

Craig Burkinshaw

Co-Founder, AUDLEY TRAVEL

Area of Expertise: Marketing, Business, Social Enterprise

Marianne Fallon

PARTNER, HEAD OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS, KPMG

Area of Expertise: Finance, Governance

Pauline Latham

CONSERVATIVE MP FOR MID-DERBYSHIRE

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

Neil Roskilly

CEO, INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming

Carlos Pinto

GLOBAL HEAD OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, ROYAL BANK OF CANADA

Area of Expertise: Strategy, Finance

Meigan Terry

SVP GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS, SCOTIABANK

Area of Expertise: Communications, Sustainability, Employee Engagement, Regulatory Affairs

Global Co-Chairs

Dave I. McKay
President & Chief Executive Officer, RBC

David Aisenstat
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President, Keg Restaurants Ltd.

Hartley Richardson
President & Chief Executive Officer, James Richardson & Sons Ltd.

Craig Burkinshaw
Co-Founder, Audley Travel


National Co-Chairs – Canada

Jennifer Tory
Chief Administrative Officer, RBC

Darren Entwistle
President & Chief Executive Officer, TELUS

Elio Luongo
Chief Executive Officer, KPMG Canada

Bill Thomas
Chairman Elect, KPMG International & Chair, KPMG’s Americas Region, KPMG

Andrew Williams
Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express Canada

Nelly Furtado
Canadian Singer/Songwriter

Jeffrey Latimer
President, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment

The Honourable David C. Onley
Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Chief Perry Bellegarde
National Chief, Assembly of First Nations


National Co-Chairs – U.S.

Steve Robinson & Janet Crown
Chief Executive Officer, Zilliance & Officer LAPD/Hawthorne PD
Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Burn 60 Studios

Thomas J. Wilson
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Allstate

Jane Francisco
Editorial Director, Hearst Lifestyle Group


WE Day Alberta

Ed Sims
President & Chief Executive Officer, WestJet

Bill & Sabrina Elkington
Chief Executive Officer, JV Driver

Rob Geremia
President, Boardwalk REIT

Leon Draisaitl
Player, Edmonton Oilers


WE Day Atlantic Canada

Sean & Crystal Murray
President & Chief Executive Officer, Advocate Printing & Publishing
Creative Director Media Operations, Advocate Printing & Publishing

Roger Howard
Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC

Ken Power
Regional Vice President, Atlantic Canada, TELUS

Doug Reid, FCPA, FCA
Atlantic Managing Partner, KPMG


WE Day Baltimore

Ashton & Adair Newhall
Managing General Partners, Greenspring & Associates


WE Day California

Stephanie Argyros
President & Chief Executive Officer, Argyros Group

Brett & Miranda Tollman
Chief Executive Officer, The Travel Corporation

Patricia Arvielo
President, Chief Executive Officer, New American Funding


WE Day Illinois

Thomas J. Wilson
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Allstate

Alex Gourlay
Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Linda Imonti
National Partner in Charge, Advisory Office Leaders & Chicago Advisory Office Leader, KPMG LLP

Arne Duncan
Managing Partner, Emerson Collective & Former U.S. Secretary of Education


WE Day Manitoba

Hartley Richardson
President & Chief Executive Officer, James Richardson & Sons Ltd.

Mark Chipman
Chairman, True North Sports Ltd.

Bob Silver
President, Western Glove Works

WE Day Minnesota

Dean & Hutton Phillips
Congressional Candidate, Minnesota 3rd District


WE Day Montreal

Paul Desmarais III
Senior Vice President, Power Financial & Power Corporation

Catherine Turner
Young Presidents’ Organization

David Bensadoun & Isabelle Poirier
President, ALDO Global Retail


WE Day Ottawa

Jeff York
Chief Executive Officer & President, Farm Boy Inc.

Patrick Mullins
Chief Executive Officer, Silver Maple Developments

Marjolaine Hudon
Regional President, Ontario North & East, RBC


WE Day Seattle

Jolene McCaw
Founder, Jolene McCaw Family Foundation

Judson & Laura Althoff
Executive Vice-President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft

Coach Pete Carroll
Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson & Ciara
Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress


WE Day Texas

Jan Miller & Jeff Rich
Founder, Dupree, Miller & Associates
Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Plumtree Partners

Pat & Emmitt Smith
Founder, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities
Hall of Fame Running Back and Former Dallas Cowboy

Matthew & Jessica Upchurch
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Virtuoso
Ambassador of Sustainability & Advisory Board, Virtuoso


WE Day Toronto

Kris Depencier
Vice President, Personal Lending & Commercial Strategies, RBC


WE Day Family: Toronto

Erica Ehm
CEO & Creative Director, YMC & YummyMummyClub.ca

Jon Levy
Chief Merchant, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mastermind


WE Day UK

Holly Branson
Co-Chair, Virgin Management, Virgin Unite & Big Change Charitable Trust

Lord Rumi Verjee
Founder, Rumi Foundation

Kees Kruythoff
President Home Care, Unilever


WE Day UN

Carolyn Everson
Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Ornella Barra
Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Paul Polman
Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

Lynne Doughtie
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, KPMG US


WE Day Vancouver

Lorne Segal
President, Kingswood Capital Management


WE Day Family: Vancouver

Della & Stuart McLaughlin
Grouse Mountain Resorts

Scott Menke
Chief Executive Officer, Paragon Gaming & Parq

Shafin Diamon Tejani
Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Victory Square Technologies

Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian
Founder, The Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation

Executive Director

Scott Baker

Scott Baker

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WE Charity

As Executive Director of WE Charity since 2010, Scott Baker has played an integral role in the growth and success of WE Charity 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 WE Charity’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 WE Charity, and gain a deeper understanding of our international development model.

Q&A with Scott Baker

Founders

Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger

AMBASSADOR FOR WE CHARITY (VOLUNTEER)

Marc Kielburger

Marc Kielburger

AMBASSADOR FOR WE CHARITY (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 WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called Free The Children’s 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, CEO of Allstate, on partnering with WE Charity and working with Craig and Marc.