Marc Kielburger

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Marc Kielburger
Born 1977
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Harvard University (A.B.)
University of Oxford
Occupation Co-CEO of Me to We
Known for Co-founder of Free The Children and Me to We
Spouse(s) Roxanne Joyal[1]
Children 2
Relatives Craig Kielburger (brother)

Marc Kielburger, CM, OMC (born 1977) is a Canadian author, humanitarian and activist for children's rights. He is the co-founder, with his brother Craig, of Free the Children, an international development and youth empowerment organization, and We Day, an inspirational event, and the co-founder and co-CEO of Me to We, Free The Children's partner social enterprise.


Kielburger attended Brebeuf College (Toronto), and Neuchâtel Junior College (Neuchâtel, Switzerland).[2] While at Brebeuf, he was a participating member in their debate club and participated in debates run by the Ontario Pro-Con Debating Forum.[3]

He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, completing a degree in International Relations. He was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree at Oxford University, with an emphasis on human rights law.[4]

Activism and social entrepreneurship[edit]

Marc Kielburger is the co-founder of Free the Children, an international charity and educational partner. 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 daily. He also co-founded and is co-CEO of Me to We, a social enterprise. [clarification needed][citation needed]

He contributes a regular column about social activism around the world called "Global Voices" for the Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Edmonton Journal, Victoria Times Colonist, Waterloo Region Record, Winnipeg Free Press, Huffington Post and Huffington Post Canada online. He and his brother write a column for the Globe and Mail, “Ask the Kielburgers”, offering tips on giving back and socially conscious living.

Recognition and awards[edit]

Marc is the recipient of many honours, including the Order of Canada and selection by the World Economic Forum as one of the 250 Young Global Leaders. For his work in the field of education and human rights, Marc has received nine honorary degrees, including an honorary doctor of laws degree from the University of Toronto in Spring 2011.[citation needed]

  • Youngest person ever to be awarded the Ontario Medal for Good Citizenship[5][6]
  • At the time (2004, aged 27), he became the youngest to be selected as one of Canada's "Top 40 Leaders Under Forty"[7] (In 2006, aged 23, his brother Craig became the youngest.)
  • Honorary doctorate from Capilano University for his outstanding contributions to poverty alleviation and global youth development. [8]]
  • Honorary doctorate from Nipissing University for his work in leadership development[9][10][11]
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board Alumnus of the Year Award, 2005[citation needed]
  • Honorary doctorate of law from Carleton University for his exemplary leadership in the promotion of the rights of children and the promotion of ethical living and social responsibility.[12]
  • Inducted into the Order of St. Jean de Brebeuf at Brebeuf College School in 2012.
  • Received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.[13]
  • Inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame, 2013


  • Me to We (with Craig Kielburger, 2004)
  • Take Action (with Craig Kielburger, 2002)
  • Take More Action (with Craig Kielburger, 2008)
  • Making of an Activist (with Craig Kielburger, 2007)
  • The World Needs Your Kid (with Craig Kielburger, 2009)
  • Global Voices: Volume 1 (with Craig Kielburger, 2010)


  1. ^ Turnbull, Barbara (March 9, 2009). "Their love is built on helping others". The Toronto Star. 
  2. ^ Neuchâtel Junior College website; accessed April 23, 2014.
  3. ^ Ontario Pro-Con Debating Forum, retrieved April 23, 2014 
  4. ^ Marc Kielburger profile,; accessed April 23, 2014.
  5. ^ Duke of Edinburgh's Award breakfast 2006-04-26.
  6. ^ Meet Marc Kielburger Tamarack Community Learning Centre
  7. ^ Top 40 Under 40 The Globe and Mail, 2004-04-30
  8. ^ [1], Capilano University
  9. ^ "Activist brothers to receive honorary doctorates from Nip U" Thursday, June 9, 2005.
  10. ^ Marc Kielburger
  11. ^ Marc Kielburger National Bank Financial
  12. ^ Carleton University Awards Nine Outstanding Canadians with Honorary Degrees, Carleton Newsroom, May 15, 2012
  13. ^ "Diamond Jubilee Gala toasts exceptional Canadians". CBC. June 18, 2012. Retrieved June 19, 2012. 

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