Founder of Ryan’s Well

Not yet 30 years-old, Ryan Hreljac has changed the lives of over a million people and is working on the next million. He is recognized globally for his work bringing clean water and sanitation to villages in Africa, India and the Caribbean. He has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, dined with Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace, and collaborated for years with the world-renowned Dr. Jane Goodall. He 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.

His work has also been featured in dozens of textbooks and hundreds of books and magazines including Time, Christian Science Monitor, People Magazine, and Reader’s Digest. He is recognized by UNICEF as a Global Youth Leader and by CNN as a CNN Hero.

Inspired by his teacher in grade-one, at the age of six, Ryan has developed a following of individuals, school teams, community groups and Rotary clubs from all around the world. Now, with over 20 years’ experience in international development, community development, motivational speaking, and facilitation — across North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe — His work and that of his foundation has become the story of countless people, young and old, from around the globe who are inspired to make a difference in their own communities and in faraway places.

Whether Ryan is speaking to 4,000 people at the World Water Conference in Las Vegas, or an audience of 3,000 at the Bangkok Student Leadership conference 300 business people at the Atlantic Trucking Association, his story to move and impress his audiences.


Ryan delivered an impressive message to our delegates about the power of motivated youth today and that motivation is not necessarily the same as that which motivated earlier generations of youth.

Gustavo Estrada
Global Issues Network Conference Mexico

We were very fortunate to have you speak at our All Staff/Employee Recognition …. Your anecdotes were thoughtful, meaningful, and well delivered. We received very positive comments from our teams, you are an inspiration.

A. Gonthier
Infrastructure Services Ottawa
Ryan Hreljac Speaks at H2O Conf. in Las Vegas - CML
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