When Daniel Germain launched Breakfast Club of Canada with his associate Judith Barry in 1994, it seemed like he had spent his whole life preparing for this moment. But for someone who dreamt of generating lasting change, it was a visit to a Mexico landfill populated with some 50,000 youth that triggered everything. Given Daniel’s thirst for justice, strong will, profound desire to give back and difficult childhood of his own, the cause of children became an obvious choice. He understood what these young people were going through and knew he could help them. On the advice of a friend who informed him that one little Quebecer out of five didn’t have enough to eat, he decided to focus his activities there, though it didn’t prevent him to travel back to Mexico and Haiti on numerous occasions, loyal to those who had opened his eyes. In fact, those experiences abroad drove him to organize, in 2006, the Montreal Millennium Summit, an international forum dedicated to poverty alleviation and attended by social change actors and personalities from around the world. For Daniel Germain, the Club acts as a space where youth can express themselves, improve their self-esteem and be part of the solution. Each child, no matter his or her situation, has the potential to accomplish great things. But in order to achieve this, everyone needs to get involved. This is why he encourages individuals and businesses alike to not only make financial contributions, but to become active leaders. Daniel Germain’s vision and commitment make him a natural leader. People are easily convinced by his enthusiasm and his determination, which is why he has mobilized so many partners in taking action to realize the unlimited potential of children. Twenty-five years advocating for the well-being of children haven’t weakened a passion that still inspires those he encounters. Over the years, Daniel Germain has received many awards and distinctions, including Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Peace Medal of The YMCAs of Quebec. He is also a Member of the Order of Canada and a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec. Today, Daniel Germain sees himself as the Club’s “DNA transmitter” and the guardian of a vision he will always believe in.