Rumeet Billan (BA 2006, MEd 2010, PhD 2014)
Rumeet Billan is an award-winning and internationally recognized leader and social entrepreneur who continues to focus her efforts on enabling opportunities in education. She is the president of Jobs in Education which connects employers and job seekers in the K-12 and higher education sectors, and a Partner at Viewpoint Leadership which focuses on the development of global and emotional competencies. For over ten years, Billan has contributed to social impact initiatives in North America, South America, and Africa that improve access to and the quality of education. In addition to supporting scholarships, breakfast programs, and soccer tournaments, her vision led to the creation and development of a teacher’s college, The Toor Centre for Teacher Education, in the rural community of Nzeveni, Kenya.
In addition to her business and advocacy interests, Rumeet completed a doctoral program in Leadership and Higher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto. Her research focuses on the dynamics of global change and she teaches courses on Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship at the Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning in Toronto, Ontario. Rumeet has also given a talk on the future of education at TEDx in Halifax, Nova Scotia titled "Who do you want to be when you grow up?"
At the age of 25 and again three years later, Rumeet was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. She was featured in Forbes.com as a "Generation Entrepreneur" and currently writes for The Huffington Post. She has been a guest contributor for The Globe and Mail, The Canadian Teacher Magazine, Global Citizen Digest, Metro News, City Life Magazine, and Educon among other publications.
Recently, Rumeet was the 2014 inaugural receipient of the Desmond Parker Outstanding Young Alumni Award at the University of Toronto Mississauga and was one of five honourees at the Sikh Centennial Foundation. Her contributions to higher education include serving on the President’s Advisory Committee at the University of Toronto and the Academic Planning Committee, Teaching Excellence Awards Committee, and Research Excellence Awards Committee at UTM. Furthermore, she was selected to represent Canada at the 6th Annual UNESCO International Leadership Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum and was a facilitator for the European Regional Forum in Italy
Ultimately, Rumeet’s mission is to contribute to the field of education in a meaningful and transformational way by integrating her business and research with her passion for creating positive change through education.
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