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Finance committee  For program expenses—not even administration [Inaudible—Editor].

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  Correct. In fact, let me add, sir, that the ME to WE Social Enterprise was not a party and has never received federal funding; has never at all. To answer your question, yes, all of the non-profits, because they're only non-profits as part of this contract, all had the same key

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  Correct, and allow us to underscore that this was the request of ESDC and the terms of this contract were agreed to by ESDC.

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  They requested that we take on the liability. We informed them that the only way we would feel comfortable fulfilling the government's request was through this structure. They analyzed it, they endorsed it and they signed a contract.

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  I appreciate the question. Sometimes we're responding to formal proposals, as we have with Canadian Heritage for Canada 150. Sometimes it is iterative with the government. For example, we worked closely in the previous government with Minister Flaherty and Minister Clement on var

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  That would be a fair assessment. We appreciate every government's support, and we will approach every government to support children and youth in this country.

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  We don't find a need for a full-time person for such a role. We do have a person whose title is “government and stakeholder relations”. She splits her time among multiple stakeholder groups, including government.

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  Sofia Marquez.

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  No. Given her previous work and the multitude of stakeholders she engages, she is not on a formal registry.

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  We do not hold formal assets in Quebec. Although a Montreal office has been active and we've done 11 years of WE Day and programming, there is no formal ownership. The bank account is based—

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  If a fraction of what we've heard over the past four weeks were true—what has been published in the media, shared on social blogs or even shared by various politicians—our faces would go pale. This is one of the many things that are incorrect and being circulated.

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  I'm happy to speak to the question, sir. Sofia Marquez does government and stakeholder relations, if I may just correct you, sir. That's her title. She engages a multitude of stakeholders across provincial governments—

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  We don't because engagement with the federal government is a relatively.... It has never been more than a few percentages of our budget. In fact, last year it represented 1.03% of—

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  I'm happy to speak to that, sir.

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger

Finance committee  Thank you. To clarify this point, the government came to us and asked for assistance in a program. Previous to this point, it was highly unusual for us to be spending any significant amount of time with the federal government on these types of proposals.

July 28th, 2020Committee meeting

Craig Kielburger