Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Duncan McArthur Lecture Series

Craig Kielburger

Me to We: How One Person Can Make a World of Difference

The Faculty of Education is pleased to invite you to a lecture during Homecoming 2014 by Craig Kielburger, co-founder of Free the Children and Me to We.

Craig Kielburger

7:30 pm
Friday, October 17
Duncan McArthur Hall Auditorium (B101)

Tickets are free, but space is limited so please register as soon as possible.



How do you find purpose in today’s world? How can you leave a legacy while balancing the challenges of modern life? A powerful experience for people of all ages, this speech introduces the remarkable story of how Craig and Marc founded Free The Children, which has grown into an international humanitarian organization active in 45 countries. Discover the Me to We philosophy, developed by Marc and Craig through more than a decade of humanitarian work as encapsulated in their New York Times bestseller Me to We: Finding Meaning in a Material World. Audiences will learn how to use the Me to We philosophy to make a real difference and create their own unique path that will leave a positive mark on the world.


Craig Kielburger is a social entrepreneur, New York Times best-selling author, and syndicated columnist. He co-founded Free The Children in 1995 when he was 12-years-old. Today, he remains a full-time volunteer for the organization, which has become the world’s leading youth-driven charity. What began as a group of kids working out of a garage now has more than 1.7 million young people involved in its programs.

Free The Children provides comprehensive service-learning programs in North America and the United Kingdom, including its We Day celebrations attended annually by more than 180,000 students from over 4,400 participating schools who earn their entry through service activities. We Day also reaches more than 5.4 million viewers through televised broadcasts and has more than 3.8 million followers on Facebook, making it one of the largest charitable causes in the world. Internationally, the organization works in eight developing countries providing a holistic and sustainable development model, including education, health care, food security, clean water, and alternative income programs. Free The Children programs include the construction of more than 650 schools and school rooms, and its health and clean water initiatives have empowered more than one million beneficiaries.

Alongside his brother Marc, Craig is also the co-founder of Me to We, an innovative social enterprise that advances a new vision of philanthropy by providing socially conscious products and experiences that support the work of Free The Children. Half of Me to We’s annual net profit is donated to Free The Children, while the other half is reinvested to grow the enterprise and its social mission. Me to We provides sweatshop-free and organic clothes, as well as life-changing international volunteer trips, leadership training programs, a speakers bureau, and accessories handcrafted by women artisans in developing countries.

Craig holds a degree in peace and conflict studies from the University of Toronto and is the youngest-ever graduate of the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He is the author of 12 books. His newest book, The Power of We Day: Moving the World From Me to We, was released in the Fall of 2013. With his brother, Craig writes “Global Voices,” a weekly column about the pressing issues of our time, syndicated in various newspapers including the Vancouver Sun, Halifax Chronicle Herald, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, and Winnipeg Free Press. The Kielburgers also write a bi-weekly advice column on addressing social causes in the Globe & Mail called “Brainstorm.” They are also weekly contributors to The Huffington Post.

Craig has been awarded 15 honorary doctorates and degrees, and has received the Order of Canada, the Roosevelt Freedom From Fear Medal, the World Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, and the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Dedication. His work has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes, as well as National Geographic, TIME, and The Economist.

In Fall 2013, Craig and his brother Marc were inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for their humanitarian efforts and their work to empower youth to change the world.