Rumeet Billan
Rumeet Billan is a social entrepreneur, educator and PhD candidate at the University of Toronto. She is the President of Jobs in Education and over the past seven years, she has contributed to school building initiatives in Africa and South America. At the age of 25 and again at age 28, Rumeet received the honour of being named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women. She continues to integrate her business and doctoral studies with her passion for creating change through education. Visit or follow @RumeetBillan.

Entries by Rumeet Billan

Youth Unemployment: The Chicken and the Egg Problem

(2) Comments | Posted February 24, 2014 | 11:30 AM

It's no secret that the job market for youth graduating from post-secondary education is competitive and challenging, with youth unemployment rates being twice the national average in Canada. A combination of both education and experience can be the ticket to an initial interview, however, youth are often faced...

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Social Entrepreneurship Education: Helping Our Students Make a Difference

(1) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 9:17 AM

The movement towards creating social value is gaining momentum among our students who want to make a difference. Compassion and empathy, coupled with the current state of inequities, has stimulated the need to take action. Our youth are told that they can change the world, but the tools that exist...

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Lisa Ray: A Story of Hope

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 10:02 AM

Novalis says, "In every language, what is said is never what is spoken."

When diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2009, Lisa Ray began a blog -- a scrapbook -- as a form of expression. She shared intimate moments, ones that some of us would find difficult to relate...

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If We Can Help, Why Wouldn't We?

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2013 | 12:35 PM

It's easy to say that you would help, but actually doing something becomes a bit more challenging.

After a discussion with my family, I filled out the Gift of Life Consent Form. Being an organ donor is something I have always thought that I would want to do,...

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The Ongoing Supply and Demand for Teachers

(0) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 12:30 PM

Recently, I supported the 'Every Child Needs a Teacher' campaign run by the Global Campaign for Education. Statistics suggest that in Chad there is one primary school teacher for every 1,815 children, and in Mali, only half of all primary teachers are trained. Consider the quality (or lack...

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Begin With the End in Mind

(0) Comments | Posted April 24, 2013 | 7:34 AM

How do you plan for the end?

Having the end in mind at the beginning seems counter-intuitive to most. There is no certainty that your position or the organization you create or are a part of will exit one, five or ten years from now. Things change -- needs evolve...

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Fear of Failure: What's Your Bottom Line?

(0) Comments | Posted April 5, 2013 | 2:32 PM

Not everyone sets out to become a social entrepreneur.

Since we were young we've been asked "what do you want to be when you grow up?" and we create goals and obtaining that position or that title is our benchmark for achieving what we set out to be. It's...

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