Our Team

From our tireless staff and volunteers to our incredible donors, Board of Directors and celebrity ambassadors, our team lives by a shared set of values that keep us connected. Fuelled by shameless idealism, we empower youth to change the world through “WE” thinking and “WE” acting.

We are fortunate to have a dynamic, dedicated and experienced Board of Directors to help us in our mission to transform lives by empowering communities to lift themselves out of poverty. Through their expertise, the Board of Directors provides legal and financial oversight to all of WE Charity’s projects and activities.

Board of Directors, Canada

Michelle Douglas (Chair)

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANADA

Area of Expertise: Social Justice, Change Management

Kannan Arasaratnam, MBA, CA, CPA, CSC

INDEPENDENT CONSULTANT

Area of Expertise: Finance

Jordan Banks

GLOBAL HEAD OF VERTICAL STRATEGY & MANAGING DIRECTOR OF FACEBOOK CANADA

Area of Expertise: Technology, Digital Media

Chris Besse

COO, FRESHGRADE

Area of Expertise: Finance, Governance, Educational Programming

Andrew Black

CEO, BRAND PROJECT LP, FORMER CEO VIRGIN MOBILE

Area of Expertise: Branding

Gerry Connelly

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION (RETIRED), TORONTO DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming, School Engagement

Mary-Eileen Donovan

SUPERINTENDENT OF EDUCATION (RETIRED), TORONTO CATHOLIC DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming, School Engagement

Eric Morrison

FORMER CEO, THE CANADIAN PRESS

Area of Expertise: Strategic Communications, Public Relations

Neil Taylor

PRESIDENT AND CHAIRMAN, INVESTORS GROUP SECURITIES

Area of Expertise: Governance, Finance

Board of Directors, United States of America

Dr. Jonathan White (Vice Chair)

DIRECTOR, BENTLEY SERVICE-LEARNING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CENTER; PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, BENTLEY UNIVERSITY

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming

Richard Beaven

GLOBAL CEO, INITIATIVE MEDIA (RETIRED)

Area of Expertise: Marketing, Public Relations

Stanley Hainsworth

FOUNDER & CEO, TETHER INC.

Area of Expertise: Brand & Marketing

Dr. Shelley White

PROGRAM DIRECTOR; MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH; ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, PUBLIC HEALTH AND SOCIOLOGY, SIMMONS COLLEGE

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming, Social Justice Education

Boards of Directors, United Kingdom

Lord Rumi Verjee (Chair of UK Board of Directors)

FOUNDER, THE RUMI FOUNDATION

Area of Expertise: Business, Governance

Craig Burkinshaw

FOUNDER, AUDLEY TRAVEL

Area of Expertise: Marketing, Business, Social Enterprise

Marianne Fallon

PARTNER, HEAD OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS, KPMG

Area of Expertise: Finance, Governance

Hamish Jenkinson

DIRECTOR, OLD VIC TUNNELS; TRUSTEE, KEVIN SPACEY FOUNDATION

Area of Expertise: Entertainment, Marketing

Pauline Latham

CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE FOR MID-DERBYSHIRE

Area of Expertise: Government Relations, International Development, Educational Programming

Graham Moysey

HEAD, AOL INTERNATIONAL

Area of Expertise: Business, Media, Marketing

Neil Roskilly

CEO, INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION

Area of Expertise: Educational Programming

Global Co-Chairs

Dave I. McKay
President & Chief Executive Officer, RBC

David Aisenstat
Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, Keg Restaurants Ltd.

Hartley Richardson
President & Chief Executive Officer, James Richardson & Sons Ltd.


National Co-Chairs – Canada

Bill Thomas
Chairman Elect, KPMG International and Chair, KPMG’s Americas Region, KPMG

Darren Entwistle
President & Chief Executive Officer, TELUS

Jeffrey Latimer
Owner, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment

Jennifer Tory
Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking, RBC

The Honourable David C. Onley
Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario


National Co-Chairs – U.S.

Steve Robinson & Janet Crown
CEO, Reimagine & Philanthropist, Crown Family Philanthropies

Jennifer Hudson
GRAMMY Award Winning Singer & Actress

Thomas J. Wilson
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Allstate

Mike Dobbins
Head, Strategy and Corporate Development, RBC


WE Day Alberta

Gregg Saretsky
President & Chief Executive Officer, WestJet

Rob Geremia
President, Boardwalk REIT


WE Day Atlantic Canada

Doug Reid, FCPA, FCA
Atlantic Managing Partner, KPMG

Ken Power
Regional Vice President, Atlantic Canada, TELUS

Roger Howard
Regional President, Atlantic Provinces, RBC


WE Day California

Jeff Skoll & Stephanie Swedlove
Founder and Chairman, Skoll Foundation, the Skoll Global Threats Fund, Participant Media, and the Capricorn Investment Group

Mike Cahill
Executive Vice President & General Counsel, City National Bank

Stephanie Argyros
President & Chief Executive Officer, Argyros Group

Magic Johnson
President of Basketball Operations, Los Angeles Lakers


WE Day Canada

Frank Giustra
Chief Executive Officer, Fiore Group of Companies


WE Day Family

Erica Ehm
CEO & Creative Director, YMC & YummyMummyClub.ca

Jon Levy
Chief Merchant, Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Mastermind

Sandra Martin
Group Publisher, Groupe TVA

WE Day Illinois

Alex Gourlay
Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Arne Duncan
Managing Partner, Emerson Collective and Former U.S. Secretary of Education

Thomas J. Wilson
Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Allstate


WE Day Manitoba

Bob Silver
President, Western Glove Works

Mark Chipman
Chairman, True North Sports Ltd.

Hartley Richardson
President & Chief Executive Officer, James Richardson & Sons Ltd.


WE Day Minnesota

Dean & Hutton Phillips
Co-Chair, The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation


WE Day Montreal

Catherine Turner
Young Presidents’ Organization

Paul Desmarais III
Vice President, Power Financial & Power Corporation


WE Day New York

Carolyn Everson
Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook

Paul Polman
Chief Executive Officer, Unilever

Ornella Barra
Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance

Lynne Doughtie
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, KPMG US


WE Day Ottawa

Jeff York
Chief Executive Officer & President, Farm Boy Inc.

Patrick Mullins
Chief Executive Officer, Silver Maple Developments

Tina Sarellas
Regional President, Ontario North & East, RBC


WE Day Seattle

Jolene McCaw
Trustee, Jolene McCaw Family Foundation

Judson Althoff
Executive Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft

Pete Carroll
Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson
Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks

Ciara
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer and Actress


WE Day Toronto

Kris Depencier
Vice President, Personal Lending & Commercial Strategies, RBC


WE Day UK

Holly Branson
Trustee, Virgin Unite & Big Change Charitable Trust

Lord Rumi Verjee
Founder, Rumi Foundation


WE Day Vancouver

Lorne Segal
President, Kingswood Capital Management

Executive Director

Scott Baker

Scott Baker

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, WE Charity

As Executive Director of WE Charity since 2010, Scott Baker has played an integral role in the growth and success of WE Charity as one of the world’s leading youth-driven charities.

Scott joined the team in 2004 as Director of ME to WE Leadership Programming, helping to inspire and motivate thousands of youth across Canada to take action in their local communities. As one of the organization’s first facilitators, Scott provided invaluable leadership to various programs and campaigns and has played an important role in turning strategy into action.

In 2007 Scott spearheaded the development of WE Charity’s Ecuador programming in the Chimborazo province. Scott’s passion for sustainable development through partnership with local communities helped him lead an incredible team in Ecuador for four years as the Country Director.

Meet Scott Baker, Executive Director of WE Charity, and gain a deeper understanding of our international development model.

Q&A with Scott Baker

Founders

Craig Kielburger

Craig Kielburger

AMBASSADOR FOR WE CHARITY (VOLUNTEER)

Marc Kielburger

Marc Kielburger

AMBASSADOR FOR WE CHARITY (VOLUNTEER)

Brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger are social entrepreneurs and co-founders of a family of organizations dedicated to the power of WE, a movement of people coming together to change the world. Together, they co-founded WE Charity, which provides a holistic development model called Free The Children’s WE Villages, helping to lift more than one million people out of poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Back at home in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service learning programs to 10,000 schools, engaging 2.4 million young change-makers. Lastly, they co-founded ME to WE, a pioneering social enterprise, the profits from which help sustain the work of their charitable organization.

Craig is the youngest ever graduate from the Kellogg-Schulich Executive MBA program. He has also received 15 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Craig is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 12 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. Craig has received The Order of Canada, the Nelson Mandela Freedom Medal and the World Children’s Prize. He was recently voted by Canadians as one of Canada’s top most trusted influencers in a Readers Digest poll, and along with his brother Marc, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector in 2015.

Marc graduated from Harvard University with a degree in International Relations. He won a Rhodes Scholarship and completed a law degree from Oxford University. He has also received 10 honorary doctorates and degrees for his work in the fields of education and human rights. Marc is a New York Times bestselling author, who has published 8 books, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the recipient of many honors, including the Order of Canada, and was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s Young Global Leaders. Marc was also recently inducted into Canada’s Walk of Fame for his humanitarian efforts and his work to empower youth to change the world. In 2015, along with his brother Craig, he was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the public sector.

Q&A with Craig & Marc

Tom Wilson, CEO of Allstate, on partnering with WE Charity and working with Craig and Marc.