Business, Human Rights and Disability

May 2, 2017 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Global College Classroom, Menno Simons College Bldg, University of Winnipeg
102-520 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0G2

The University of Winnipeg’s Global College, the Margaret Laurence Endowment Fund (IWGS) and the Faculty of Business and Economics, present:

“Social Business Entrepreneurship and Investing as a Way to Fulfillment, Prosperity and Justice.”

by Ashoka Fellow Howard Weinstein

May 2nd, 12:30-1:20 1MS25 (Global College Classroom, Menno Simons College Bldg, University of Winnipeg)

Tea, Coffee and Treats will be provided!

Solar Ear ( is a sustainable social business where people who are deaf make solar powered hearing aids for people with a hearing loss.  A social business is like a 3-D game of tic-tac toe. The bottom level is a revenue generating professional business. The second level is the mission of the host organization. The 3rd level is the empowerment of its workers. In any social business, you are not working just on the first level but the key to one’s success is based on how you replicate and scale your social, economic, health, educational outcomes and impacts globally, In each of these categories you have sub- mission of Human Rights, Justice, Peace-building. The presentation will give concrete examples of how a social business can achieve its missions and the historic strategy it uses to replicate and scale globally. The presentation will discuss its unique business model which will enable Fortune 500 type companies to  learn from a social business, which will offer them low risk business opportunities. Finally, Solar Ear’s holistic hearing health program called, DREET (Detection, Research, Education, Equipment, Therapy) can be used by other health and educational and government organizations.

About the presenter- Howard Weinstein

For 25 years, Howard run a successful international plumbing manufacturing business based in Montreal. He subsequently went to work as a volunteer in Botswana where he helped start sustainable businesses for people with disabilities. He was able to replicate and scale his social business model to Brazil, China, and the Middle East and is in the process of expanding to North America. Through his work he has won several Technology, Health Innovation awards including the AAA Humanitarian Award and a Global Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award by WTN at the UN.  His work has been written up in Newsweek, National Geographic and 20 other magazines in 6 countries and products he has helped develop have been shown at the Smithsonian, the Alexander Graham Bell Museum and the Bottom of Pyramid Museum in Japan.  He has lectured on social business at Harvard, Oxford, Duke, McGill and INSEAD University. His greatest mentors have been two young adults with Down’s Syndrome.