Marc Kielburger

Ashoka Fellow
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Marc Kielburger was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
Marc Kielburger is building leadership development and social engagement into the education system so that young people have opportunities to contribute in practical ways to building an improved global community.
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We are thrilled to introduce ourselves as “WE,” which is both our movement and the new name of our organization. WE highlights the inclusivity at the heart of our philosophy, and encapsulates our mission to empower all people to lead change both at home and around the world. Our goal is to welcome millions more to join the WE movement and make a massive positive impact, together. Our charitable division, WE Charity, operates internationally based on principles of holistic and sustainable development, supporting communities to break the cycle of poverty. We do this through WE Villages, which focuses on five Pillars of Impact: Food, Water, Health, Education and Opportunity. We partner with communities across eight countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Domestically, WE Charity offers service learning curriculum and experiences to students through our WE Schools programming. Our mission is to empower young people by equipping them with the tools and resources they need to change the world.

Through our social enterprise ME to WE, we create socially conscious products and experiences for individuals, and for student, family, and corporate groups. ME to WE donates half of its profits to WE Charity and reinvests the other half into the social enterprise to help it grow. We are aligned with Ashoka in our belief that everyone can be a changemaker, and that together, we are powerful beyond measure. We understand that WE is a global community, and that the individual actions we take will create a tidal wave of impact. Above all, we believe in raising a generation that will lead with compassion and conviction. Together, WE can change the world. Visit to learn about all of the ways that you can get involved! 

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