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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. Fueled 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 in the government, private, academic, education and media sectors, the Board of Directors provides legal and financial oversight to WE Charity's projects and activities.
Board of Directors, Canada
Michelle Douglas (WE Charity Board of Directors, Canada) DIRECTOR (RETIRED), INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE CANADA Area of Expertise: Social Justice, Change Management
Kannan Arasaratnam, MBA, CPA MANAGING DIRECTOR, FTI CONSULTING Area of Expertise: Finance
Chris Besse CEO, EDGEMAKERS Area of Expertise: Finance, Governance, Educational Programming
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
Graham Moysey CEO, CANADIAN OPERATIONS, IPG MEDIABRANDS Area of Expertise: Technology, Marketing & Digital Media
Board of Directors, United States of America
Dr. Jonathan White (Chair) DIRECTOR, BENTLEY SERVICE-LEARNING AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CENTER; PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, BENTLEY UNIVERSITY Area of Expertise: Educational Programming
Stanley Hainsworth FOUNDER & CEO, TETHER INC. Area of Expertise: Brand & Marketing
Terry Mazany FORMER PRESIDENT AND CEO, THE CHICAGO COMMUNITY TRUST Area of Expertise: Public education, Philanthropy
Tawfiq Rangwala PARTNER, MILBANK, TWEED, HADLEY AND MCLOY Area of Expertise: Legal, Governance
Stephanie Swedlove INDEPENDENT PRODUCER Area of Expertise: Digital Media & Marketing, Philanthropy
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) FOUNDER, THE RUMI FOUNDATION Area of Expertise: Business, Governance
Craig Burkinshaw Co-Founder, AUDLEY TRAVEL Area of Expertise: Marketing, Business, Social Enterprise
Michael Comish ENTREPREUNER IN RESIDENCE, TPG Area of Expertise: Business Development, Entrepreneurship, New Media
Pauline Latham CONSERVATIVE MP FOR MID-DERBYSHIRE Area of Expertise: Government Relations, International Development, Educational Programming
Carlos Pinto GLOBAL HEAD OF CORPORATE DEVELOPMENT, ROYAL BANK OF CANADA Area of Expertise: Strategy, Finance
Neil Roskilly CEO, INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS ASSOCIATION Area of Expertise: Educational Programming
Meigan Terry SVP GLOBAL COMMUNICATIONS, SCOTIABANK Area of Expertise: Communications, Sustainability, Employee Engagement, Regulatory Affairs
Dave I. McKay President & Chief Executive Officer, RBC
David Aisenstat Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President, Keg Restaurants Ltd.
Hartley Richardson President & Chief Executive Officer, James Richardson & Sons Ltd.
Craig Burkinshaw Co-Founder, Audley Travel
National Co-Chairs – Canada
Jennifer Tory Chief Administrative Officer, RBC
Darren Entwistle President & Chief Executive Officer, TELUS
Elio Luongo Chief Executive Officer, KPMG Canada
Bill Thomas Chairman Elect, KPMG International & Chair, KPMG’s Americas Region, KPMG
Andrew Williams Chief Executive Officer, DHL Express Canada
Nelly Furtado Canadian Singer/Songwriter
Jeffrey Latimer President, Jeffrey Latimer Entertainment
The Honourable David C. Onley Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Chief Perry Bellegarde National Chief, Assembly of First Nations
James Villeneuve Former Consul General of Canada to Los Angeles
Mark Dervishian Chief Operating Officer, Ardene
National Co-Chairs – U.S.
Steve Robinson & Janet Crown Chief Executive Officer, Zilliance & Officer LAPD/Hawthorne PD Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Burn 60 Studios
Thomas J. Wilson Chair, President and CEO, Allstate
Jane Francisco Editorial Director, Hearst Lifestyle Group
WE Day Alberta
Ed Sims President & Chief Executive Officer, WestJet
Bill & Sabrina Elkington Chief Executive Officer, JV Driver
Rob Geremia President, Boardwalk REIT
Leon Draisaitl Player, Edmonton Oilers
WE Day Atlantic Canada
Sean & Crystal Murray President & Chief Executive Officer, Advocate Printing & Publishing Creative Director Media Operations, Advocate Printing & Publishing
Ken Power Regional Vice President, Atlantic Canada, TELUS
Doug Reid, FCPA, FCA Atlantic Managing Partner, KPMG
WE Day Baltimore
Ashton & Adair Newhall Managing General Partners, Greenspring Associates
WE Day California
Stephanie Argyros President & Chief Executive Officer, Argyros Group
Brett & Miranda Tollman Chief Executive Officer, The Travel Corporation
Patricia Arvielo President, Chief Executive Officer, New American Funding
Jeff Skoll Founder & Chairman, The Skoll Foundation & Participant Media
WE Day Illinois
Thomas J. Wilson Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, Allstate
Alex Gourlay Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Linda Imonti National Partner in Charge, Advisory Office Leaders & Chicago Advisory Office Leader, KPMG LLP
Arne Duncan Managing Partner, Emerson Collective & Former U.S. Secretary of Education
WE Day Manitoba
Hartley Richardson President & Chief Executive Officer, James Richardson & Sons Ltd.
Mark Chipman Chairman, True North Sports Ltd.
Bob Silver President, Western Glove Works
WE Day Minnesota
Dean & Hutton Phillips Congressman, Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District
WE Day Montreal Paul Desmarais III Senior Vice President, Power Financial & Power Corporation
Catherine Turner Young Presidents’ Organization
David Bensadoun & Isabelle Poirier President, ALDO Global Retail
WE Day Ottawa
Jeff York Chief Executive Officer & President, Farm Boy Inc.
Patrick Mullins Chief Executive Officer, Silver Maple Developments
Marjolaine Hudon Regional President, Ontario North & East, RBC
WE Day Seattle
Judson & Laura Althoff Executive Vice-President, Worldwide Commercial Business, Microsoft
Coach Pete Carroll Head Coach, Seattle Seahawks
Russell Wilson & Ciara Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress
WE Day Texas Jan Miller & Jeff Rich Founder, Dupree, Miller & Associates Chief Executive Officer, Co-Founder, Plumtree Partners
Pat & Emmitt Smith Founder, Pat & Emmitt Smith Charities Hall of Fame Running Back and Former Dallas Cowboy
Matthew & Jessica Upchurch Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Virtuoso Ambassador of Sustainability & Advisory Board, Virtuoso
WE Day Toronto
Kris Depencier Vice President, Personal Lending & Commercial Strategies, RBC
WE Day UK Holly Branson Co-Chair, Virgin Management, Virgin Unite & Big Change Charitable Trust
Lord Rumi Verjee Founder, Rumi Foundation
Kees Kruythoff President Home Care, Unilever
WE Day UN
Carolyn Everson Vice President, Global Marketing Solutions, Facebook
Ornella Barra Co-Chief Operating Officer, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Dean Phillips Congressman, Minnesota’s 3rd Congressional District
WE Day Vancouver Lorne Segal President, Kingswood Capital Management
As Executive Director of Executive Leadership at WE Charity, Dalal Al-Waheidi has been integral in shaping the success of the WE movement into an international charity and educational partner. She joined the organization in 2002, and has held a variety of pivotal roles, including Chief Operations Director and Executive Director of WE Day.
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 WE Villages, helping to lift over one million people out of poverty around the world.
In the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom, WE Schools and WE Day provide comprehensive service-learning programs to over 18,000 schools, engaging 4.3 million young changemakers. 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 of 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. He 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 eight 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.