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One thousand emerging world leaders will gather in Bangkok to hear an inspiring Canadian 25-year-old, from Kemptville, Ontario.
July 5th, 2017

In August, my friend, Ryan Hreljac, will be the keynote speaker at the 8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium, in Bangkok, Thailand. One thousand emerging world leaders from 200 colleges in 70 countries will attend this Leadership in Social Change Symposium. Past UN Speakers included the Asst. Secretary-General of the United Nations and all the UN Resident Co-ordinators of the host country. The theme for the Symposium is “Building LIFE, Giving HOPE”.

Only 25 years old, Ryan has dramatically improved the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in some of the poorest countries of the world. Recipient of the Emerging Leader Award by the government of Canada and designated a CNN Hero, Ryan has been making clean water accessible to villages and schools in Africa and India, since he was six years old.


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