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Social Enterprise Summit – Purpose Beyond Profit

June 3, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

For a social enterprise venture, when the rock is flipped over, you will always find a larger purpose. Through this year’s Social Enterprise Summit, funded by Libro Credit Union, EPICentre will be joined by several inspiring social entrepreneurs coming together to discuss purpose beyond profit. Join us virtually on the morning of June 3rd as we host two speaker sessions followed by a panel discussion bringing together an excellent group of Social Entrepreneurs and Innovators!

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Morning Agenda (via ZOOM):

  • 9 am- Opening and Welcome remarks
  • 9:20 am- Speaker presentation from Hakeem Subair – CEO of 1 Million Teachers
  • 10 am- Interactive activity (it’s a surprise!)
  • 10:05 am- Speaker presentation from Gurbeen Bhasin – Executive Director of Aangen: A Community Service Organization
  • 10:50 am- Interactive Activity (it’s a surprise!)
  • 11 am- Discussion on Sustainable Housing (Sarah Cipkar, Jill Simpson, and Krista Rempel)
  • 11:55am- Closing Remarks

Hakeem Subair – CEO of 1 Million Teachers


Hakeem is passionate about applying business principles to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing our planet. A passion that grew out of providing more than just financing to businesses but giving them the tools to enhance their success. A passion that grew into a love for giving children the best chance for reaching their full potential, and increasing the capacity of teachers to help their students to do so. A passion that led to him becoming the co-founder and CEO of 1 Million Teachers (1MT).

1MT aims to close this gap by attracting new teachers into the profession, training both the new and existing teachers, and motivating them to keep improving their performance through a comprehensive reward-based development program that combines high-quality online and classroom-based training with mentorship on a scale never attempted before. The web-based component incorporates gamification best practices that engage participants and motivates them to keep learning. We are leveraging machine learning and artificial intelligence to create bespoke training for teachers on a large scale.

In addition to his role as Co-Founder and CEO of 1MT, Hakeem is an adjunct Professor of Innovation and Change Management, and Artificial Intelligence and Entrepreneurship – focusing on their application to solving challenging global problems.

Hakeem graduated from the Odette School of Business with a Bachelor of Commerce and Queen’s University with a Master of Management with a specialty in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

Connect with Hakeem

1 Million Teachers in the media:

Gurbeen Bhasin -Executive Director of Aangen: A Community Service Organization


Gurbeen Bhasin is the founder and executive director of Aangen, a Toronto-based non-profit organization that focuses on advancing food security and social justice locally and globally. A trained social worker, Gurbeen established Aangen in 2000, following in the footsteps of multiple ancestors who welcomed and supported community members facing challenges. Her primary purpose with Aangen is to foster personal empowerment and nurture communities by responding to community needs as they arise with sustainable and equitable solutions. Her professional journey has included serving as project manager of a global human rights initiative; as a senior analyst at the Canadian Mental Health Association; and as an entrepreneur and creator in Toronto’s independent arts sector. Gurbeen holds a master of social work degree from the University of Michigan, a master of arts degree in international relations from the University of Windsor, and a bachelor of arts degree in political science from York University. She is best known for her mile-wide smile, her funky shoes and her mom’s timeless life wisdom.

Connect with Gurbeen

Aangen – A community service organization in the media:

Meet our panelists

Sarah Cipkar, PhD student in the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. After developing a proof of concept for Windsor, ON, she is co-leading the ADUSearch.ca national research project as part of CMHC’s Housing Supply Challenge, which is aiming to scale to approximately 100 municipalities across Canada. In 2020, Sarah built her own detached additional dwelling unit (ADU) and is a consultant for small-scale development projects in the Windsor region.

For more info, here is the website link to the research project: Housing Supply Challenge (adusearch.ca)

Jill Simpson, President and Executive Director of To Thrive together Sustainable Living is an educator and public speaker focused on dispelling the negative myths of aging and replacing them with scientific knowledge.  After leaving the Alzheimer Society, she has continued to develop wellness programs for older adults. She is the creator of both The Great Brain Workout and the Better with Fitness Community Wellness Initiative. Her Rethinking Aging Workshops are now funded by the Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program.  Teaching and facilitating workshops, she has been working with older adults and those with disabilities for the last decade. Jill brings to each project her strong leadership, community-building skills, and a relentless commitment to make the world a better place for all.

To Thrive Together Sustainable Living is a vision for a new way of living on the planet combined with an old way of caring for one another. Our mandate is to recreate the concept of multigenerational living and build communities focused on green, sustainable living and the concept of neighbour helping neighbour.  Unlike the current tendency to segregate and isolate older adults in separate communities or aging facilities, our barrier-free homes are designed for millennials through centenarians. The architecture intentionally fosters daily opportunities for intergenerational friendships and mutual mentoring. Younger generations can benefit from the skills and knowledge of elders and older generations can age in place while contributing meaningfully to society.  History has proven the most effective way to inspire change is to lead by example. To Thrive Together is building its first proof-of-concept community in the hamlet of Bloomingdale, ON to demonstrate how small changes in thinking, technology, and attitudes can create huge positive social and environmental impacts. The project is the stone that ripples the pond and changes the way we care for people and the Earth.

Krista Rempel, Executive Director with The Bridge Youth Resource Centre. the organization has facilitated programming and services for youth ages 14-24 through its Resource Centre. She also supported the organization as they built the Quiring Family Fresh Starting Housing Facility for youth ages 16-24 experiencing homelessness or housing instability moving the organization to a 24/7service. Krista is now supporting The Bridge’s work in the development of a tiny home community on their current property and the newly acquired adjacent property with the intent to build 42 tiny times by 2025. 

Fiona Coughlin, CFRE Executive Director/CEO, Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex,  Winner of the Windsor Essex Chamber of Commerce 2022 “Professional of the Year” and BizX Magazines 2019 “Powerhouse Professional” awards, Fiona works daily to open doors to prosperity by building with families living in core housing need. Her 22 years of experience spans the scope of work with large government bodies to small shop community groups. Throughout her career, she has actively supported and driven the opening of many service operations in Ontario. In the GTA she helped open a specialized group home for seniors with developmental disabilities, and “The Exchange” a unique community centre built around a food bank. In Windsor, she helped The Downtown Mission’s open doors on its innovative new “Wellness Centre.” Since 2017 Fiona has served as the Executive Director and CEO of Habitat for Humanity Windsor-Essex. During her time with Habitat, she and her team have built affordable homes in Leamington, Windsor, and Kingsville. In addition, she and her team relaunched the Windsor Furniture bank, and opened one of the largest Habitat ReStores in Canada. In 2019, Fiona joined Habitat for Humanity on a build in Kenya where she had the opportunity to learn from local leaders about the universal need for affordable housing solutions and the ways they were addressing this with minimal resources. This experience lead to a partnership with the University of Windsor’s Engineering Team and CMHC to pilot an experimental 3D printing project. By summer 2022 her collaborative group will have built the first multi-unit 3D printed building in North America. Fiona sits on the board of the Windsor Essex Home Builders Association and the City of Windsor Housing Advisory Committee, where she advocates for affordable housing. Her work at Habitat for Humanity is currently focused on neighbourhood renewal in core areas of need in Windsor. Fiona’s lived experience in social housing drives her work with Habitat for Humanity. She believes in working collaboratively to build a world where everyone has a decent place to live


June 3, 2022
9:00 am - 12:00 pm