Founder and Outreach
Ryan Hreljac at the age of 6 began a school project to fund raise for clean water initiatives. Now at 27 years old, his organization has helped raise millions of dollars to bring clean water to more than 900,000 people in sixteen developing countries around the world. Ryan has received numerous awards including the Order of Ontario, the Canadian Meritorious Service Medal, the Top 20 under 20 Youth Award, and World of Children’s Founder Award. Ryan’s work has also been featured in dozens of textbooks and hundreds of books and magazines including Time, People Magazine, and Reader’s Digest, as well as in television such as the Oprah Winfrey Show and CNN. The work of the Ryan’s Well Foundation has become the story of countless people, young and old, from around the world who ignore apathy and realize that anyone, even kids in grade one, can make a difference.