Founder, Ryan's Well Foundation
At 23 years old, Ryan Hreljac is the founder of the Ryan’s Well Foundation, an organization committed to delivering access to safe water and empowering people of all ages to make a difference in the world. Amazingly, Ryan’s journey began at age six when he was shocked to learn that people in Africa were dying because they didn’t have clean water. Ryan took it upon himself to raise money by doing chores and public speaking, and with the support of his family, friends and community, built a well in Uganda. Since then, Ryan’s Well has helped build 878 wells and 1120 latrines, bringing safe water and improved sanitation to 823,238 people in 16 countries. Ryan studied International Development and Political Science and graduated from the University of King’s College in Halifax. He serves on the board of the Ryan’s Well Foundation and continues to speak around the world on water issues and volunteerism.