Marc Kielburger grew up in Thornhill, Ontario. The first son of Fred and Theresa Kielburger, he has one younger brother, Craig.
He first found his love of activism when he volunteered at an AIDS hospice in Bangkok, Thailand, when he was 18 years old. He then graduated from Harvard University with a degree in international relations. After that, Marc received a Rhodes Scholarship and completed his law degree at Oxford College.
In 1995, the brothers founded Free the Children and began their work fighting for the rights of children around the world. The organization eventually became WE Movement, which Marc and Craig continue to operate together.
WE Movement brings communities together to change the world through social enterprise and charitable outreach. Marc has appeared on many programs to spread his organization’s message, including Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, BBC, and the Colbert Report. WE Movement also created the WE Schools and WE Day programs, which inspire future leaders in the USA, Canada and UK.
More than 16,000 schools participate in the group’s active citizenship programs, influencing millions of young people to make change in their own communities.
Marc is also a New York Times Bestselling author, with eight published titles. He is the recipient of many honors and was named Canada’s Most Admired CEO in the Public Sector in 2015.
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Marc Kielburger is married to Roxanne Joyal.
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Marc graduated from Harvard with an International Relations degree. He also received a Rhodes Scholarship and earned a law degree from Oxford. Marc has received 10 honorary degrees for his outstanding work in education and humanitarian rights.