The Calvin Ayre Foundation

Calvin Ayre grew up on a pig farm in northern Saskatchewan, and his not-quite-rags-to-riches story instilled in him the belief that those who have achieved great success have a duty to give something back to those in need.

The Calvin Ayre Foundation was formed in 2005 as a natural evolution of the philanthropic work Ayre had been engaged in on an ad hoc basis. The Foundation is based in Antigua and is currently engaged in charitable endeavors in eight countries around the globe.

The Foundation focuses on five key areas: child welfare, education, social development, animal welfare and emergency response. Examples of the latter include significant financial aid to areas of the Philippines affected by 2013's Typhoon Haiyan, and the Foundation recently provided financial assistance to help restore the hurricane-ravaged island of Barbuda.