He is the co-founder of WE Charity, an international development charity and youth empowerment organization.
From an early age, Marc wanted to inspire a generation of socially empowered young people. At the age of 13, he volunteered at a local hospice for teenage mothers and a home for elderly homeless people suffering from leprosy in Jamaica. This experience had a profound impact on him and led him to co-found Free the Children, with his brother, Craig Kielburger.
This initiative grew into a lifelong commitment to effect positive change around the world and eventually led to the creation of “WE Charity”.
As an internationally-acclaimed speaker, Marc has spoken to over 2 million people in conferences and live stadium events.
Marc is the recipient of 10 honorary degrees and doctorates for his work in the fields of education and human rights. He earned a degree in International Relations from Harvard University, graduating magna cum laude. He was also awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and then went on to complete his law degree from Oxford University..
As a New York Times bestselling author, Marc Kielburger has published 8 books addressing global change, activism and social entrepreneurship. He is the recipient of the Order of Canada and has been selected as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum. Marc Kielburger was named the Most Admired CEO in Canada in the Public Sector in 2015.
“I’d been involved in the WE Movement from its earliest days. I’d written grant proposals, traveled to visit the U.S. Congress in Washington to denounce child labor, and led teens on volunteer trips to India and Kenya.”
“Since 1995, WE has built programs to enable people to create community and do good.
WE infuses social impact into our daily lives—to fundamentally alter the way people give, shop, travel, live, work and use technology. What makes a WE entity or program different? Impact is baked into the DNA: our team painstakingly rebuilds a regular experience into one that changes lives. WE takes daily actions and turns them into extraordinary opportunities to do good. These are a few of our programs that help unlock the good— every day.
WE Schools provides 15,000 partner schools with free service-learning programs rooted in our WE Learn Curriculum resources and service campaigns such as WE Are Love, WE Won’t Rest, WE Are One, WE Give Where WE Live, WE Give Health, WE Read Together, and WE Rise Above.
WE Families engages millions of parents, extended family, and children to teach the next generation to care and contribute through their daily choices and service campaigns such as WE Create Change, WE Stand Together and WE Volunteer Now.
WE Companies partners with Fortune 500 companies, startups and mom-and-pop shops, offering turn-key programs that connect partners’ employees and customers to causes.
WE Day fills stadiums celebrating change-makers. WE Day Community brings the same energy to local groups, theaters, and schools. Finally, the WE Awards, presented on the WE Day stage and educational celebrations, celebrates outstanding innovation and impact.
WE Villages is our international development model providing holistic and sustainable empowerment through the 5 five pillars of WE Education, WE Water, WE Health, WE Food, WE Opportunity.
WE Trips gives everyone a chance to connect with other cultures and serve global communities through a bursary program in partnership with ME to WE Trips.
These programs are part of a larger offering created over the past two decades, and even more daily actions are ready to be transformed.