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Keynote speaker Marc Kielburger, the co-founder of the international charity, Free The Children, is a renown speaker who has shared the stage and his voice with many important people. Additionally he is the co-founder of Me to We providing people with better choices for a better world. In April 2012, he added a new book to his list of books as a New York Times bestselling author.
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Marc Kielburger is the co-founder of Free The Children, an international charity and renowned educational partner that empowers youth to accomplish their fullest potential as agents of change.
Free The Children provides innovative programming to more than 4,000 youth groups and hundreds of thousands of young people in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. As the world’s biggest network of children helping children through education, the organization has worked in 45 countries and built more than 650 schools and school rooms in developing regions, providing education to more than 55,000 children every day.
Together with his brother Craig Kielburger, they yearly organize We Day, the charity’s signature domestic event which reaches 90,000 students from 3,000 schools in person and more than 5.4 million through televised broadcasts. With over two million followers on Facebook, it is one of the largest charitable causes in the world.
Free The Children has a proven track record of success, having successful partnerships with top school boards and leading corporations—including Oprah’s Angel Network, KPMG and Research In Motion.
In addition to Free The Children, Marc is also the co-founder and co-CEO of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise. Me to We equip people with better options for a better world, including socially conscious and environmentally friendly accessories and clothes, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs and materials, a speakers’ bureau and books that address issues of positive social change. Half of Me to We’s net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission.
He has shared the stage, and his voice with many important people including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Former President Bill Clinton, Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Sir Richard Branson and many more.
Marc has written seven books, and is a New York Times bestselling author. His latest, released in April, is Living Me to We: The Guide for Socially Conscious Canadians.
Marc writes “Global Voices” with his brother, a weekly column about the pressing issues of our time, syndicated in the Vancouver Sun, Calgary Herald, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Free Press, The Huffington Post and Huffington Post Canada online. The brothers also write a weekly column in the Globe & Mail called “Ask the Kielburgers” providing advice.
Graduating magna cum laude from Harvard University, Marc completed a degree in international relations. Following this, he won a coveted Rhodes Scholarship and proceeded to complete a law degree at Oxford University. Marc has received nine honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the field of education and human rights. Marc is also the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Canada, and was chosen by the World Economic Forum as one of 250 Young Global Leaders. His work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, BBC, CNN, and many other news and print media.
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