CEO & President, Community Innovation lab
Pramilla is a passionate serial entrepreneur, global thinker, speaker, social innovation educator and disruptor, mentor and pioneering leader in the development of innovative programs and initiatives designed to foster, inspire and empower the growth of diverse entrepreneurs and changemakers globally.
As CEO and Founder of the Community Innovation Lab, Pramilla imagined a community where creativity, passion and determination fuelled economic prosperity and growth.
She has designed four start-ups to inspire, catalyze, and advance the growth of entrepreneurs amongst four underrepresented groups – youth, women, seniors and changemakers. By 2020, 1700 women, youth, senior entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs will have benefited from these initiatives at the Community Innovation Lab – NEET Youth Incubator, the Refinery Women Accelerator, the Social Enterprise Accelerator and the Seniors Entrepreneurship Accelerator.
In addition to business training workshops, lifelong learning, access to capital and coaching, each entrepreneur has access to business space within a 6000 sq. ft. innovation hub at the Community Innovation Lab, an infrastructure initiative that Pramilla mobilized in collaboration with local stakeholders.
Parallel to these game-changing entrepreneurial projects, Pramilla is also a global educator at two Universities where she serves as a Social Innovation Curriculum Advisor, Business Mentor and Adjunct Faculty in Social Entrepreneurship – at the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business at the University of the West Indies and at Trent University in Canada. Prior to her current roles, she held senior roles with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and the University of Toronto. She was also Principal and Founder of The Sefad Group – a social enterprise technical advisory firm.
Pramilla’s expertise is also sought after by many organizations. She was Vice Chair at the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Durham Workforce Authority, Toronto Workforce Innovation Group. At the Provincial level she was appointed as Chair the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grant Review Team for the Region of Durham, Halliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge- (Ontario Trillium Foundation is the Province of Ontario largest foundation).
As a Social innovator, Educator and Entrepreneur, Pramilla responds to multiple requests to share best practices, present at conferences, and to participate as special attendee at prestigious events such as the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University.
Pramilla holds an MBA in Community Economic Development from Cape Bretton University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Toronto, Certificate in Public Relations at the University of The West Indies and an Advanced Executive Certificate in Social Entrepreneurship from Stanford University.