Dorin C. Adenekan
Dorin Adenekan is an energetic, compassionate, and community-oriented individual who derives fulfillment and great joy when her kind deeds make people smile. She has extensive experience in Humanitarian service through organizing several community and family-oriented programs that help people achieve self-sufficiency in her community while in Nigeria where she received her first degree in Industrial Mathematics at Delta State University. Having arrived in Canada 3 years ago, her passion for humanitarian service drew her focus to studying Social Work and she is currently studying Social Work at the University of Manitoba. Because of this she has created, as an initiative of CarePoint Foundation, Reg-Style Fashion – a social enterprise promoting the local production and sales of hand-made clothing, jewelry and accessories. Reg-Style began to engage newcomer refugee women who are experiencing difficulties integrating into Canadian society by encouraging these women to use their skills to produce warm hand-made clothing and promote their work through social media and community events.
Learn more about Reg-Style Fashion here.
Apefa Adjivon is a first-year student hoping to double major in International Relations and Peace, Conflict, and Justice. She is involved in several organizations on campus, including being Vice-President of the UofT Trek for Teens club, Vice- President of Finance for the Panhellenic Council, and a First-Year Representative of the Pre-Law society. Recently, she served as a Youth Delegate at the Youth Assembly at the United Nations working towards Sustainable Development Goal 5: Gender Equality. At the UN she was a winner of the Social Venture Challenge and was awarded a Resolution Project Fellowship for her social venture the Pearl Project; a center for girls in low-income communities with the purpose of pairing girls with mentors and skill-based opportunities to help them achieve their goals. There is a gap in career goal–focused programming for girls in low-income areas. While many mentorship programs exist for girls, or career-focused mentorships for girls interested in areas like STEM, there is a lack of goal-orientated programs for all girls, no matter the field they may be interested in. The Pearl Project is a center in Toronto’s Regent Park area that will provide after-school programming for girls in this low-income community. Using a space provided by the local government, the Pearl Project will provide girls with access to mentors and career counselors, with the goal of inspiring and empowering girls and helping them to reach their goals.
Learn more about the Pearl Project here.
Thomas is passionate about transforming real estate for the benefit of community. Thomas went west from Guelph, Ontario, where he completed his Bachelor of Commerce in Real Estate and Housing where he helped to establish the Downtown Guelph Residents Association, as well as a Downtown Façade Improvement Program. He first became involved with the 312 Main Project after meeting Bob Williams, longtime Vancity Credit Union Director, in a UBC Architecture class, which was taught by former Vancouver Mayor Sam Sullivan. As the capstone for his Master’s in Urban Planning degree, Thomas helped to complete initial planning and analysis for 312 Main, when the idea was first born. 312 Main was Vancouver’s former police department headquarters, a municipal court, and jail. The new vision for 312 Main is for this heritage building to be transformed into a beacon for social and economic democracy, empowering the precariat to thrive, by nourishing entrepreneurial spirit through the arts, and linking groups who might otherwise work in isolation.
Learn more about 312 Main here.
Ameen Binwalee is a 28 year old social entrepreneur. He grew up in Toronto and after going through some struggles as a teenager, he left high school early and began a career in the trades. Since then Ameen has started up a non- profit called Out of the Box Social Enterprise (OTB) that provides training and employment opportunities for youth from historically disadvantaged backgrounds. OTB teaches them construction skills and personal development. His passion is for construction, community development and social entrepreneurship. He hopes to make OTB a social enterprise with the capacity for large impact and building a Centre for Innovation and Training.
Learn more about Out of the Box here.
Tara Campbell was born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has worked for grassroots organizations locally and internationally for programs engaging youth in local communities as well as volunteered for various organizations. She is passionate about how to engage others in the movement to make the local and global community more sustainable. She is currently working to create Plant. Eat. Grow – a cooperative community garden and urban farm that will employ marginalized youth from inner city Winnipeg. Through gardening, youth will have the opportunity to learn life skills, and be a part of a growing community that puts social values first. The crops will be sold at farmer’s markets where community members from diverse cultural backgrounds can attend to teach the youth different cuisines and recipes. Giving youth the opportunity to understand and connect with the land while learning job skills in the process will be a space for intergenerational and intercultural learning. Throughout the year, cultivating roots will host cooking classes for members of the public to learn diverse cuisines in a class led predominantly by the youth. Plant. Eat. Grow hopes to add year-round urban farming to the business and employ other vulnerable members of the community such as individuals who may see barriers to employment.
Learn more about Plant. Eat. Grow here.
Having lived in South Asia and the Middle East for over a decade, Tania witnessed poverty and marginalization firsthand. From that experience, her hope is to inspire philanthropic spirits in Canadians to see beyond their immediate wants and needs, and be involved with organizations and causes that have positive social impact on a local, national and global level. Tania has an Honours degree in Human Rights and Law from Carleton University and a post-grad specialty in Fundraising Management for the Non-Profit Sector. Most recently, she hopes to use her experiences and skills to further her social enterprise, Think Jackfruit. Think Jackfruit seeks to reduce this food waste by manufacturing and packaging jackfruit as a meat replacement product in Bangladesh and introducing it here as a healthy nutritious food to our Canadian market. With the support of ACSE organizers and collaboration with like-minded individuals, key agencies and potential investors, Think Jackfruit will be able to fine-tune their business plan and further build the enterprise to address issues on a community and global level. They are confident that the Think Jackfruit business can be one piece to the puzzle in addressing Canada’s health problems, our role in climate change and how they can bring a sustainable source of income for working-class Bangladeshi women.
Learn more about Think Jackfruit here.
Currently Hafsa is a full time student at Humber College striving to achieve a Bachelor of Commerce for Human Resource Management. In the past, Hafsa had the pleasure of being a part of the Liberal Party of Canada team. From the successful campaigns ran by the Liberal Party of Canada, Hafsa has learned to become an engaged young community leader. Being a part of that process showed her how people connect and work towards a collective goal as a community. Hafsa felt empowered, and also had the privilege of learning more about the community she lives in and the people that live in it. Working with these teams has allowed her to reflect on becoming a potential future leader, and she wants to give herself the opportunity to build her capacity in community leadership. She has also created Fursada – a consultation and recruiting firm that solely targets minority groups in marginalized communities for Toronto-based corporations. Fursada assists in consulting corporations on recruitment policies that are not inclusive to minority youth. They also facilitate in recruiting top talent to effectively fill these gaps in the workplace.
Learn more about Fursada here.
Eashan Karnik is a graduate from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science. Beginning as a young volunteer for a local environmental group in the City of Mississauga, Eashan has moved on to work in remote, rural, and urban communities across Ontario and Alberta in various roles for municipal and provincial governments. From advising senior policy makers on Alberta’s Climate Leadership Plan, to leading a delegation from Canada to the United Nations in New York to contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Eashan has helped drive Canada towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals of Climate Action and Affordable and Clean Energy. Eashan currently spends his days working on CitySolar, a green energy subsidization program that provides community groups, homeowners, and small businesses in the City of Mississauga with 30-50% of the establishment cost required to build a green energy project on their property. CitySolar is currently in its planning stage and searching for investors and grant-writers to help build the initial pool of funding required to begin implementing projects throughout Mississauga. This enterprise will be presented to City Council and the Environmental Action Committee and upon completion of this stage, will seek to have members from each group residing on the first Project Advisory Committee.
Learn more about CitySolar here.
From hiring friends to sell vegetables and lemonade, to starting a small events company, Corey Mattie has always been involved with business. Corey Mattie is a strong advocate for the importance of environmental preservation, social responsibility, and ethical business practices and volunteers as a counselor for emerging small businesses, helping them balance their triple bottom line (People, Planet, and Profit). In his spare time, he meets and volunteers with many local charities and associations. Corey is a logical business student with ten educational years of experience in helping improve small businesses and not-for profit organizations, and is committed to environmental preservation, social responsibility, and ethical business practices. This is why he started Project Rain Cloud – a social enterprise designed to provide safe and accessible drinking water to remote communities across Canada, specifically in Indigenous communities.The project’s long-term goal is to equip these units off the power-grid and possibly feeding into an external grid for the community members. This would provide additional green energy for the community.
Learn more about Project Rain Cloud here.
Hayley Mundeva is a global health researcher and budding social entrepreneur. With family roots in Canada, Australia and Tanzania, Hayley has always been fascinated with global affairs. She went on to major in global health during her Bachelor of Science (Honours) degree at UBC where she graduated head of the class. Hayley subsequently earned a Master of Public Health degree at SFU, where she had the privilege to work in Tanzania for the African Medical Research Foundation (AMREF) and the Canadian Coalition of Global Health Research (CCGHR). Her curiosity, combined with her love for youth empowerment, sparked her desire to found GH90, a social enterprise committed to preparing the next generation of global health practitioners with the tools and skills they need to tackle practical challenges they encounter in their work. By offering interactive training services such as structured competitions and by partnering with universities to develop cohesive online courses which go beyond theory to examining practical challenges that impact global health work today, participants gain opportunities to form partnerships with external stakeholders and develop solutions and prototypes to complex challenges currently impacting health outcomes around the world.
Learn more about GH90 here.
Motivated to pursue a career in medicine, Puru Panchal is currently in his second year of Bachelor’s of Health Sciences Program at McMaster University. As an active member of his community, Puru volunteers with organizations including the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program from which he earned his pilot’s license. Puru also assists with clinical cardiology research at Hamilton General Hospital. Puru is working with the Hamilton Youth Advisory – a proposed social enterprise that aims to tackle the two largest issues facing young people between the ages of 12 and 18 in downtown Hamilton: youth mental health and youth unemployment. By partnering with the City of Hamilton and the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, this social enterprise seeks to channel funds towards public media campaigns regarding these issues and to sponsor teams which will participate in volunteering and mentoring exercises with vulnerable youth in the city. The Advisory is interested in providing a platform and organizing an annual symposium for various organizations that have grassroots connections with local youth to discuss strengths in community outreach strategies and to combat issues facing youth.\
Learn more about the Hamilton Youth Advisory here.
Monique Sekhon is pursuing her undergraduate studies in Population & Quantitative Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. As a Health Sciences student, Monique has gained knowledge about the various social determinants and intersecting factors that form health, and although she understands all aspects of health and wellness are of high importance and interest, Monique has always been passionate about mental health and resilience. With the development of technology and the current initiatives focused on breaking down stigma for mental health concerns, Monique’s current activities include acting as an SFU Health Peer Educator, executive member of UNICEF SFU, event chair of Phi Delta Epsilon Pre-medical Fraternity – Canada Beta Chapter, Research Assistant with the BC Cancer Agency’s Healthy Aging Study, Lifeguard/Swim Instructor, Community Director and Co-Founder with SFU Blood4Life, Canadian Race Relations Youth Ambassador, and Project Leader for Care-2-Share for Mental Health Awareness. Care-2-Share, her Social Enterprise in its planning stages, will be a holistic wellness app that provides resources, tips for self-care, and services nearby to grant users autonomy and the ability to personalize their healthcare needs a while encouraging a holistic view of health rather than a biomedical one.
Learn more about Care-2-Share here.
Kitty Louise Shephard
Kitty Shephard moved to Canada in 2009 from England, and majored in History with a minor in English Literature at Concordia University, Montreal. Throughout her degree, Kitty focused on the history of human rights and reconciliation, with emphasis on the effects of genocide and Canada’s role as a “peacekeeping nation”. Passionate about eliminating historical amnesia in education, attending the Ubumuntu International Youth Conference 2016 in Kigali, Rwanda was a natural opportunity to seize, and learn more about peace and inclusive education. This experience and her university education increased Kitty’s awareness of Canadian human rights & democratic initiatives. Currently, Kitty volunteers as Director of Communications and Outreach for Welcome Home TO (WHTO). This group of professionals is committed to connecting organizations, resources & individuals who support the successful settlement of newcomers in Canada. WHTO focuses on addressing the challenges of Canada’s resettlement system, whilst simultaneously promoting initiatives which resolve these opportunities. As a Communications and Outreach lead, Kitty is responsible for managing the distribution of WHTO’s digital content, outreach with stakeholders & media, as well as advising the Board of Directors in developing the organization.
Learn more about WHTO here.
Jake is a Co-founder and the Executive Director of Next Gen Men – a social enterprise looking to address a lack of engagement with men to further their understanding of gender inequity and invite them as allies in the pursuit of this goal, and in gaining a better understanding of how changing this paradigm will benefit their health and wellbeing. Having grown up as an immigrant to Canada as well as having lived in Brazil, Germany, and the Czech Republic in recent years, Jake has a global perspective on community development and social innovation. Jake believes himself to be a reconnection entrepreneur and is less interested in symptoms, but rather underlying causes. His vision for Next Gen Men comes from observing society today and wondering how to create change amongst youth and his peers for a better tomorrow, today. Equity Focused Leadership is a new initiative of Next Gen Men. Having successfully launched two programmes (a youth programme for boys aged 12-14, and a monthly discussion group for adults) to engage, educate, and empower boys on what it is to “be a man” today, they developed this program to apply the principles learned to workplaces – tackling gender based issues specifically through engaging men.
Learn more about Next Gen Men here.
Kevin Vuong is a connector, city-builder, and military officer working to build a stronger, resilient, prosperous Canada where no one is left behind. At the Agency for Public & Social Innovation (an organization that innovates procurement for social impact by transforming projects into workforce development opportunities and provides capital, capacity-building, and scaling services to support and develop social ventures), he is focused on innovating procurement for social impact & improving Ontario’s social innovation ecosystem through capital, capacity-building, & scaling services. His work as a community leader has led him to be named one of Her Majesty The Queen’s Young Leaders, Canada’s Top 30 Under 30, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Winner of the Robert G. Siskind Entrepreneurial Medal at the Ivey School of Business, Kevin was awarded a Harvard Kennedy School of Government Executive Education Fellowship to take part in HKS’ Emerging Leaders program; & joined the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto as a candidate for the executive-level Global Professional Master of Laws, focusing on public-private partnerships, CSR, and business law. Most recently, he wasnamed a CJPAC Fellow, a Public Fellow as a leading Canadian thinker under 35, & delivered a Walrus Talk on Social Innovation – Innovating Procurement for Social Impact. Government and businesses are the largest procurers of goods and services.
Learn more about the Agency for Public & Social Innovation here.