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Craig Kielburger


Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Social Entrepreneur & Co-Founder of the WE Movement

Craig Kielburger is a celebrated author and columnist, whose work is read by people of all backgrounds looking to make a positive difference. As the Co-Founder of the WE movement, he has dedicated his life to engaging others in active service. 

Keynote Speeches

Unconventional Leadership: Lessons l learned from Oprah, Nelson Mandela, Grandma, and more

This engaging keynote uses a unique, highly-interactive format to connect all listeners with the tailored story unfolding before them. In it, Craig utilizes a pioneering approach to visuals that allows the audience to take an active part in the story, steering it towards their own interests and the inspiring mentors they feel most connected with. The thread that ties each individual anecdote together is the tangible leadership lessons they bring – lessons that can be used by any team member, no matter their background or level within your organization. 

The lessons Craig shares have been accumulated over 25 years of active service, delivered by some of the world’s most impactful change-makers, from Nelson Mandela to Mother Teresa to Richard Branson. Impactful for teachers, executives and community groups alike, as well as those planning larger conferences, the speech will leave attendees with new ideas and a framework for creating organizational and personal change.

Beginning during his time as a 12-year-old activist running fundraisers out of the family doghouse and following Craig’s journey to becoming an impactful leader in his own right, working with hundreds of employees around the world, Craig provides the key moments in his life that brought him and his movement to where they are today. From the mountains of Davos to the shadow of acacia trees, Craig had the chance to learn lessons in unconventional leadership from world-leaders and community-leaders alike. The insight he gained from this – everything from taking chances to the vital importance of empathy and emotional intelligence in all circumstances – makes up the foundation of this innovative multimedia speech. At its core, the talk asks listers to choose the story they wish to hear, crafting a collaborative keynote that resonates for audiences both overflowing and intimate.

ME to WE: Making Doing Good, Doable

This powerful and emotional keynote draws from Craig Kielburger’s personal history of beginning a movement before his 13th birthday. Bringing audiences along for this life-changing journey, Craig’s story carries moments of laughter and adventure alongside the more serious subjects and inequality he witnessed while travelling the world to bring about an end to child labour.

First driven to act by the death of Iqbal Masih, a 12-year-old Pakistani activist killed for his own crusade against child labour, Craig quickly found himself on a journey he never could have imagined. From poverty-filled slums in South Asia to the set of the Oprah Winfrey show, where the legendary host promised to help Craig’s burgeoning movement build 100 schools, Craig found himself on the world stage before graduating from high school.

Now, more than 20 years later, Craig is the leading voice for WE, a movement that has built thousands of school-rooms around the world and given more than one million people the tools to lift themselves from poverty.

In this speech, Craig presents the impact that changing your focus from “me” to “we” will have, helping you find your own purpose and begin your own path of impact. He accompanies this with applicable, real-life suggestions to help you on your journey, no matter your background or level of influence.

The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Kids Who Care and Contribute

Raising a child during these challenging, rapidly changing times can seem hugely intimidating. Based on the Kielburger’s bestselling The World Needs Your Kid: Raising Children Who Care and Contribute, this inspiring speech shares a significant amount of

insight into how parents can encourage their kids to grow as empathetic and caring contributors to the world.

Raised by educator parents to see the world in a different light and never turn away from big challenges, Craig and Marc Kielburger have both spent decades building opportunities for young people to make a difference. Through WE Charity’s WE Schools programming and campaigns, they work with more than 18,000 schools across the globe and offer 4.3 million students the chance to create lasting change on a local and global scale.

In this speech, Craig presents important suggestions and key information gathered through his unique apprenticeship with some of the world’s leading voices on mentorship and early childhood development. Backed up by more than 1,000 interviews on this vital subject, these tips provide a boost not only for those hoping to help their children thrive academically but also become positive examples for their peers and active global contributors who care about the issues the world is facing today. 

The WEconomy: How Your Company Can Profit from Purpose

Drawing upon the often-overlooked links between purpose and profit, two of the great driving forces for human action, WEconomy provides a clear path for bringing the impact of both forces together.

Focusing on the awareness that we all have on the power of purpose, this speech is anchored by Craig Kielburger’s book, WEconomy – co-authored by Marc Kielburger and Holly Branson. In WEconomy, Craig, Marc and Holly share how you can merge purpose into your career as well as your company and life. Designed to help listeners benefit from every aspect of their purpose, the speech can be customized for both executives and new employees looking to move up and increase their impact. Also tailored for each company’s unique core values and mission, Craig celebrates the purpose already present in your work while sharing the power you have to make an even bigger difference.

This is a clear roadmap for following your own values without sacrificing career success, and your audience will be fully engaged whether they are looking for just a few key steps or a holistic, comprehensive plan to make a difference.

Making Caring Cool Again: Engaging and Inspiring Next Generation Philanthropists

Anyone who turns on the news today will likely be left thinking that the “me” rather than “we” mentality is stronger than ever. So in a time like this, how should parents go about raising engaged and empathetic children who are part of a family tradition that gives back?

Craig’s answer is WE. In this rousing keynote, Craig Kielburger offers his personal perspective on connecting with contemporary young people while presenting key steps to help individuals and families strengthen their own values.

With the experience of an entire movement and the wisdom of some of today’s greatest change-makers behind him, as well as the teachings of expert partners like Foundation Source, Craig is excited to offer families the tools they need to find their passion. Having a shared cause helps families prepare their children to build and continue a meaningful legacy of positive change as they grow as people, leaders, and dedicated change-makers.

Making Caring Cool Again: Engaging and Inspiring Next Generation Philanthropists

In the age where selfies and the “me” not “we” mentality is more prevalent than ever, how do parents raise caring and compassionate children and set them on a life path for success and start a family tradition of giving back?

WE is the answer. In this speech Craig will share an insider’s perspective on empowering today’s youth and offer tips that will help families find their North Star in values that will engage kids in philanthropy for a lifetime. With a life-time of first-hand experience working with young people, combined with a wealth of research and interviews with experts from the philanthropic and education worlds, and by learning from expert partners such as Foundation Source, Craig will help give families the tools to inspire families to find their cause, rally together and set up young people to become stewards of their family’s legacy and become the next generation of world change-makers today.

Customized Presentations

Each of Craig Kielburger’s speeches can be customized to meet your needs. He is available to deliver the following presentations individually or as a duo alongside his brother Marc:

Audience reviews:

  • Craig greatly exceeds our expectations and seldom have our events created the level of positive feedback and excitement that we have seen with these events. Perhaps, more importantly, at every event Craig has made himself available to spend time with each audience member who desired to speak to him after each presentation.

    - Vice President, Marketing, Investors Group
  • Enormously successful, not just in educating, exciting and entertaining a group, but much more uniquely in inspiring a group to action. One of the audiences was the San Diego Chapter of YPO [Young Presidents' Organization], and this particularly discerning group rated Craig and his team our strongest event in the entire year.

    - Young Presidents' Organization, San Diego
  • Craig and Marc were able to inspire young and old alike through their powerful stories, cutting-edge ideas and practical tips to help create personal and organizational change. They are the best and most passionate speakers I have ever heard.

    - Fellow, Google
  • Craig gave an energetic, empowering, inspiring and entertaining speech which encouraged our members to think about how they can effect positive change in both their private and professional lives.

    - President & CEO, FEI Canada
  • Craig and Marc Kielburger have taught me a lot about leadership.

    - Sir Richard Branson, Founder at Virgin Group

Speaker Biography

Since beginning his life’s work at the young age of 12, Craig Kielburger has spent more than two decades dedicating himself to empowering others to create positive change in their own lives and the lives of others.

His powerful journey – beginning at his parents’ kitchen table and taking him around the world – has touched countless people and sparked the creation of the WE Movement, a globe-spanning organization that has given millions of people the tools they need to lift themselves from poverty. 

Today, in addition to working as a leading social entrepreneur and bestselling author, Craig is an acclaimed speaker who travels the world sharing his unique story. He inspires a diverse range of groups viewers, helping them to find meaning and purpose in their work so they can make an even more significant impact.