At the age of 12, Craig Kielburger read a newspaper article about a Pakistani boy that would ultimately change his life. He learned that the boy, Iqbal Masih, had been murdered for speaking out about unspeakable child labor practices in his country. This led Craig on a trip to South Asia where he witnessed first-hand the horrors of child labor. Upon his return, he wrote about it in a book called, Free The Children.
Together with his brother Marc, Craig committed his life to helping children. The Free The Children initiative became a lifelong mission to effect positive change in the world. The idea eventually led to the WE Movement (a movement of people coming together to change the world).
The brothers would move on to founding WE Charity, which includes programs: WE Villages, WE Schools and WE Day.
Craig Kielburger is also the co-founder of ME to WE, which has been described as a pioneering social enterprise. The profits from ME to WE help sustain the work of the partner charitable organizations. Because of his advocacy work, Craig has been featured in the media many times. He has been seen on the Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and the BBC.
For his philanthropic efforts, Craig has been recognized internationally. He is the recipient of 15 honorary degrees and doctorates. In 2007, at 25, he was inducted into the Order of Canada. He has also received the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal, the World Children’s Prize, and was named Canada’s Most Admired Public Sector CEO in 2015. Craig Kielburger was also the youngest to ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program at York University.
As a New York Times bestselling author and a nationally syndicated columnist, Craig has published 12 books. He was also voted by Canadians as one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll.
- ME to WE: Engaging the Next Generation of Change-makers
- The World Needs Your Kid: How to Raise Kids Who Care and Contribute
- The WEconomy: How Your Company Can Profit from Purpose
- ME to WE: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference
- An Unconventional Education: What I Learned about Leadership from Nelson Mandela, Oprah and my Grandma
In this engaging, interactive keynote, Craig delivers actionable leadership lessons as he weaves the tale of his journey from middle school kid to leader of a global enterprise—and the extraordinary leaders who have coached and mentored him along the way.