DANIEL GERMAIN is a Canadian philanthropist and true social entrepreneurship visionary
Daniel Germain is a leader in helping underprivileged children recognized by the United Nations and with Canada’s highest honour with the Order of Canada. He is the founder of the Breakfast Club of Canada, a Canadian charity that promotes and assists the establishment and maintenance of school breakfast programs in Canada, to give all students an equal chance for a strong start and success. It’s about more than the food too; Germain aims to promote and encourage the values of self-esteem, respect for others, integrity, honesty and teamwork through the program.
In 2023, he’s expanding his mission – he’s also become founder of the Children’s Hour World Campaign launching in 2023. Children’s Hour is a world-wide movement to address Global Child Poverty, Climate change and food insecurity, the plight of young girls and women, and Indigenous people.
After growing up in a disadvantaged neighbourhood, he went on humanitarian trips abroad, including a visit to Mexico City where he saw 50,000 young people in dire straits. It opened Daniel’s eyes and created a thirst for justice for children. He returned to Canada with the dream of breaking the circle of poverty. With the goal of helping children who were deprived of a vital element for their academic and social success – a nutritious breakfast – he founded the Quebec Breakfast Club.
His Club was recognized by the United Nations as one of the best school meal programs in the world. Pursuing his goals, he then founded Breakfast Clubs of Canada and launched an international co-operation project for young people in Quebec. He also established the Montreal Millennium Summit, an international forum that puts forward ideas and projects related to the well-being of children in the world.
As founder of Breakfast Club of Canada, Daniel worked tirelessly to ensure that all children have an equal chance to enjoy a nutritious breakfast every day.
A true social visionary, Daniel has received numerous awards for his body of work, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Quebec YMCA Peace Medal for his commitment to youth. He is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec. Daniel currently sits on the Board of Directors for Breakfast Club Canada.