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Shane Feldman

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Shane Feldman
Born (1994-11-07) 7 November 1994 (age 26)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
🏡 ResidenceNew York, New York, United States
🏳️ Nationality
💼 Occupation
Founder & CEO, Count Me In, motivational speaker, Community Builder
📆 Years active  2008-present

Shane Feldman is a Canadian TV personality, motivational speaker and businessman.[1][2][3] Feldman is best known for starting Count Me In, a high school project turned brand that has contributed volunteer hours with a notional value of $2.6 billion.[4]

Feldman has been recognized by The United Nations, and The White House initiative, “serve.gov”, and he has been listed on Youth In Motion's Top 20 Under 20 list.[5] Feldman stars in an A&E documentary television series which follows his research of community leadership and human behavior among Gen Z.[6]

Feldman is the founder and CEO of Count Me In,[7][8][9] the largest youth-led brand in the world. Born out of what Feldman describes as a challenging transition into high school in 2008, Count Me In is an entirely student-led movement that helps young people find their passion through community involvement. With Feldman at the helm, Count Me In has impacted more than 10 million young people to date through speaking tours, educational programs and major broadcasts.[10] As CEO of Count Me In, Feldman is the creative strategist behind the organization,[11] which seeks to help young people find their passion through volunteerism and community leadership. Programming includes school tours, a peer mentorship platform, community based leadership training, and a suite of online videos and media content inspiring local involvement, leadership, and social innovation.[9][12]

Keynote speaker[edit]

Feldman's largest audience to date was the national Future Business Leaders of America conference in Baltimore, Maryland, with a record attendance of 15,000 in the audience.[13]

Corporate audiences[edit]

Feldman has been named "one of the highest rated speakers in America".[14] According to Forbes Magazine, Feldman's company has contributed over $2.3 billion to the global economy through their more than 30,000 projects worldwide.[15] The organization was started out of Feldman's high school locker, and is now one of the largest millennial movements in the world. As a leadership speaker, Feldman helps companies attract, empower and retain high performing teams and loyal customers.[16]

Educator audiences[edit]

In 2018, Feldman concluded a two-year research project studying teen behaviour and youth engagement. The study, regarded by media as "perhaps the most informative and in depth research study America's education sector has ever seen,"[1] sent Feldman back to high school, undercover as a student, to gain first hand insight into the universal challenges facing teenagers today. Feldman's inservice work with educators and parents focuses on closing the gap between adults and Generation Z. Feldman leverages his undercover experience to provide teachers and parents with simple tactics to better connect with and support young people.[15]


Feldman is widely known for "meaningful, story-driven creative content,"[17] and has produced major conferences, concerts, film, broadcast events, and other media that have collectively impacted millions worldwide. Feldman has worked with top tier media icons and some of the industry's most celebrated talent, including: Shelagh O’Brien (Director, Olympic Opening Ceremonies, Sochi 2014),[18] Ben Knechtel (Music Video Director, Carly Rae Jepsen, Chris Hadfield, Juno TV),[19] Josh Shipp (A&E, Lifetime), Luke Bilyk (Degrassi, Lost Girl), Jessie Funk (America's Got Talent, The Voice), Cody Simpson (Universal Music Group), Kevin Breel (Random House Author, TED Speaker), Ashley Leggat (twice Gemini nominated actress), Hunter March (AwesomenessTV), Carlos Guevara (X Factor USA), Kristen Chenoweth (Emmy & Tony award winner), Nikki Yanofsky (Quincy Jones, A440 Entertainment).[20][21]

Count Me In global broadcasts[edit]

On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Feldman produced Count Me In's first global broadcast. Featuring a diverse line-up of celebrity speakers and entertainers, including Cody Simpson, Nikki Yanofsky, Luke Bilyk and Jessica Tyler of Degrassi fame, Ashley Leggat, Fefe Dobson and other teen icons, the show was designed to motivate young people everywhere to get involved and volunteer in their own communities for a cause of their choice.[22] The first annual Count Me In broadcast had an international reach of over 2.2 million, with viewers tuning in from 69 countries.[20]

On Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Feldman produced the second Count Me In Global Broadcast, which reached over 8 million people with viewers tuning in from 104 countries.[23]

Through Count Me In, Feldman inspires youth to volunteer, and give back to their community.[24] The organization's programs raise awareness for charitable causes, and community service opportunities.[24] To date, Count Me In has reached out to over 10 million youth around the world.[25] Feldman alone speaks to tens of thousands of students and teachers each year, and is one of the youngest and most sought after motivational keynote speakers in North America.[25]

Feldman began developing Count Me In at the age of 13 while attending Westmount Collegiate Institute, a York Region public high school in Vaughan, Ontario.[26][27] In 2012, he gained the support of celebrities including Ashley Leggat of “Life With Derek” fame, recording artist Victoria Duffield and singer/songwriter Danny Fernandes, who took part in the annual Count Me In conference on May 1, 2012.[27] On April 25, 2012, Feldman received the Citizen of Character Award from York Region's Fire Chief Bryan Burbidge and Emergency Services and Fire Chief G.R. Senay [28] and he was recognized by MPP Dipika Damerla in her Canadian Parliament Member Statement soon after, on May 9, 2012.[29]

On January 9, 2013, Feldman appeared alongside Liza Fromer on Global Toronto's "The Morning Show" to announce new Count Me In supporters, Degrassi star Luke Bilyk and rapper Lil Jaxe.[citation needed]

Corporate speaking career[edit]

Feldman travels to conferences, companies and special events around the world,[30] and speaks to audiences. Feldman is currently managed by Harry Walker Agency in New York City, alongside other prominent corporate keynote speakers including Peter Sheahan, Seth Mattison, Alex Banayan, Nataly Kogan, Michelle Stacy, and Julie Williamson.[31] Feldman is also represented in the media by Josh Shipp, best known for his work with Oprah, CNN and MTV.[32]


Feldman is a graduate of Westmount Collegiate Institute, a York Region District School Board public high school in Thornhill, Ontario.[27]

Feldman studied Radio and Television Arts at the Ryerson University School of Media, in Toronto, Ontario.[33] In addition, Feldman has trained with The Walt Disney Company professional development arm Disney Institute as well as Berklee College. [34]

Benefit concert[edit]

Award-winning singer/songwriter Jesse Labelle teamed up with musical artists including Juno Award nominated singer Vita Chambers, and chart-topping performer Tyler Shaw to produce a "VIP Benefit Concert" honoring Feldman's 19th birthday. The Toronto concert was held on November 7, 2013, at The Opera House, and funds were donated to Count Me In (movement) and the Big Picture Project.[35][36]


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