CEO, Community Innovation Lab
Pramilla Ramdahani is Chief Executive Director and President of the Community Innovation Lab, an Ontario-based not for profit corporation which she founded in 2011 with a purpose to create innovative market-based interventions to complex social and environmental issues in local communities. The NEET Youth Incubator was birthed out of this process to tackle youth unemployment and equip young people with entrepreneurial pathways to create (ventures), experience (work simulations) and transform communities (through the creation of world changing projects). Parallel to her role as a Social Entrepreneur, Pramilla served as an Adjunct Faculty in Social Entrepreneurship with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business at the University of the West Indies and Trent University as a Social Innovation Instructor. In the Community, Pramilla is actively engaged in supporting several arts-based initiatives - as a director on the board of the Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery and as an ecosystem builder for local entrepreneurs through the Social Enterprise Accelerator at the Lab. She was Past Vice Chair at the Durham Workforce Authority. and Past Chair of the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Grant Review Team for Durham, Halliburton, Kawartha and Pine Ridge catchment areas. At the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Pramilla also served on the review teams of the Future Fund and Capital Fund. Pramilla received an Ontario Volunteer Service Award for her contributions to the sector. Prior to her current position, Pramilla held successful roles in fundraising development and special events with the University of Ontario Institute of Technology and at the University of Toronto. She was also Founding Principal at The Sefad Group - a social enterprise technical advisory firm. Pramilla holds an MBA in Community Economic Development, a BA in Sociology, Certificate in Public Relations and participated in the Executive Program in Social Entrepreneurship at Stanford University.