Rumeet Billan

Rumeet Billan
Affiliation: 
Alumna
Place of Birth: 
Mississauga, ON
Graduation Years: 
2006
Department / Division: 
Economics and Education

I never intended to be an entrepreneur, and it’s amazing to think it all started from a conversation I had while I was a student at UTM.

My parents gave me the gift of education and I want to pay it forward.

Rumeet Billan

She may be new to motherhood, but Rumeet Billan is no stranger to juggling multiple roles. During her second year as an undergraduate studying industrial relations, sociology and philosophy, Billan became the chief executive officer of her own company, Jobs in Education.

“A conversation with a friend gave me the confidence to say, ‘I can do this,’ and it changed my life,” Billan says of becoming a young CEO.

Jobs in Education is a job board that connects employers and job seekers in education – faculty as well as staff – internationally. Billan still runs the successful company with her brother, Sunny Toor, but she has continued to keep numerous balls in the air, earning a master’s degree and PhD at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and opening her own education consulting firm, Viewpoint Leadership. She focuses on leadership program development, building on her PhD research in developing leadership and global competencies and on her own workplace experiences.

“People kept asking me what I was going to do after graduate school and I was getting all kinds of requests to do workshops,” Billan says.

“I love the education sector and being part of it at all levels, working with students, faculty and staff.”

In addition to raising her son and running two businesses, Billan teaches part-time at Humber Institute for Technology & Advanced Learning and has served on the U of T President’s Advisory Committee and UTM committees such as the Academic Planning Committee. She is also among the elite few who have been recruited to deliver a TEDx talk, focusing on the future of education.

“When you’re busy, it allows you to be focused and decide where you want to spend your time,” she notes.

UTM is one place Billan is always happy to spend her time.

“It’s a second home to me,” Billan says. “I started my journey there, so it’s very personal, and it’s where I’ve met some of my greatest friends.

“My parents gave me the gift of education and I want to pay it forward. UTM will never get rid of me.”

 

Selected Awards:

U of T Arbor Award, 2015, recognizing volunteers for their outstanding personal service to U of T

UTM Desmond Parker Outstanding Young Alumni Award, 2014, recognizing inspirational young alumni who have demonstrated excellence in both professional achievement and community service

Twice named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Women’s Executive Network, 2012, 2009