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.

Executive Director

Dalal Al Waheidi

Dalal Al Waheidi

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WE Charity

As Executive Director of Executive Leadership at WE Charity, Dalal Al-Waheidi has been integral in shaping the success of the WE movement into an international charity and educational partner. She joined the organization in 2002, and has held a variety of pivotal roles, including Chief Operations Director and Executive Director of WE Day.

Dalal’s exemplary leadership at WE has been recognized by the Women’s Executive Network with Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award in the “Future Leaders” category, and by her former alma mater, Trent University, with the Distinguished Alumni Award for demonstrating extraordinary leadership early in her career.

In 2014, Dalal was selected as one of RBC’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award winners for her passion and desire to make the world a better place, especially for the lives of youth around the world. As a war-affected youth born and raised in Kuwait during the Gulf War, Dalal has been a firsthand witness to the terrible impact of conflict on children. These early experiences gave her a unique understanding of the real costs of political and cultural divide, allowing her to place hope firmly in the value of cooperative peace-building.

Now in her role as Executive Director of Executive Leadership, her focus is on moving the strategy of WE forward and delivering on the promise of making doing good, doable.

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, Chair, President and CEO of Allstate, on partnering with WE Charity and working with Craig and Marc.

Global Co-Chairs

David Aisenstat CEO, The Keg Steakhouse + Bar, Chairman, The Keg Spirit Foundation Hartley Richardson President & Chief Executive Officer, James Richardson & Sons Ltd. Dave I. McKay President & Chief Executive Officer, RBC Royal Bank Craig Burkinshaw Co-Founder, Audley Travel

National Co-Chairs – Canada

Darren Entwistle President & Chief Executive Officer, TELUS Jennifer Tory Chief Administrative Officer, RBC Chief Perry Bellegarde National Chief, Assembly of First Nations Mark Dervishian Chief Operating Officer, Ardene Nelly Furtado Canadian Singer/Songwriter Jeffrey Latimer President, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment Elio Luongo Chief Executive Officer, KPMG Canada The Honourable David C. Onley The 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Bill Thomas Chairman, KPMG International James Villeneuve Senior Advisor, Faskens Andrew Williams Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express Canada

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 Chair, President and CEO, 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 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 Jeff Skoll Founder & Chairman, The Skoll Foundation & Participant Media

WE Day Illinois

Thomas J. Wilson Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Allstate Alex Gourlay Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance 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 Congressman, Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional 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

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 Regional President, Greater Toronto, RBC Royal Bank Sarah Davis President, Loblaw Companies Limited Jon Levy Chief Merchant & Co-Founder, CEO, Mastermind Toy

WE Day UK

Holly Branson Co-Chair, Virgin Management, Virgin Unite & Big Change Charitable Trust Lord Rumi Verjee Founder, Rumi Foundation Kees Kruythoff Chairman & CEO of the LIVEKINDLY co.

WE Day UN

Carolyn Everson Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook Ornella Barra Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance Dean Phillips Congressman, Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District

WE Day Vancouver

Lorne Segal President, Kingswood Capital Management