Free the Children, Co-Founder

Me to We, Co-Founder/Director

Topic Title:

What Can We Learn From High Performing Non-Profit Organizations


Friday, 8:55 am



Marc Kielburger is the co-founder of Free The Children, a unique organization which has built more than 500 schools in Asia, Africa and Latin America, providing daily education to more than 50,000 children. Since its founding in 1995, Free The Children has become the world's leading youth-driven charity.


Marc is also the co-founder and director of Me to We. The goal of Me to We is to make ethical living become the norm while helping Free The Children achieve financial sustainability. Me to We provides socially responsible lifestyle products and choices for young people, families and corporations. It includes international volunteer travel programs, a publishing house, a music label, leadership training workshops, a speakers' bureau and a socially responsible clothing line. Last year alone, Me to We worked with over half a million people and some of the best-known companies in the world to make social change as easy as buying an organic fair trade T-shirt.


Marc graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, having completed a degree in international relations. He won a coveted Rhodes Scholarship and went on to complete a law degree at Oxford University with an emphasis on human rights law. Marc has also received two honourary doctorates for his work in the field of education and human rights.


Marc has been awarded many national and international awards for his work, including the Order of Canada. Marc was recently selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders. His work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Colbert Report, CNN, BBC as well as many other news and print media.