Editor's Note: This is Tineke de Jong's inaugural post in a new series she'll be writing about big dreamers in Edmonton. Tineke is a fascinated by people who dream big and make them come true. Here, you'll learn about Robin who was an early supporter of The Noteworthy (thanks, Robin!).
Robin Mazumder passes across my twitter feed often. I became intrigued with this transplanted Edmontonian whose twitter profile lists his interests as “urbanism, startups, innovation, education, healthcare.” We grabbed a coffee in Old Strathcona last month before Robin was on his way to Folk Fest so I could get to know a little more about him.
His passion for the city and people is evident when you look at all the interesting projects he’s involved in. Robin is a self described “Idealist.”
Having grown up in Victoria and lived in Toronto, Edmonton is now home for Robin. He currently resides in Old Strathcona and is lending his ideas on infastructure projects including bike lanes and crosswalk safety. His community passions also include Make Something Edmonton, as well as #lightbrightyeg, #yegsnowfight and more. Robin’s engagement in all of these projects contributes to make Edmonton more safe, fun and beautiful!
Robin’s real passion is people and putting his energy into projects that will make Edmonton and the world a better place for the future. While he has an undergrad in Biology and a Masters in Occupational Therapy, Robin took a job at NAIT in their entrepreneurial program working with young innovators.
A job title will never truly define Robin as he’s always growing, learning, sharing and connecting. One of my favourite things that Robin shared is that he cannot be put in a box: “My job doesn’t exist yet,” he said.
Robin’s Big Dream:
To be in a position where he can influence society in a more meaningful and impactful way
In the next five years, Robin will:
He doesn’t know what he’ll be doing, and is pretty excited about the different possibilities!
What helps Robin achieve his dreams and goals:
- The thought of his unborn children and the need to create a safe, creative and fun community for them
- Recognizing inequality and working on initiatives that will helpfully address that inequality
- A strong interest in innovation and creative solutions to complex issues
- His mom and dad who gave him an awareness of the world and showed him how hard work is good for the family and the soul. They came to Canada as immigrants and despite experiencing many challenges, they created a great life for him and his sister.
- His Uncle, a 43 year old surgeon and professor at Stanford turned Executive at Johnson & Johnson who works, eats, reads and lives hard.
Robin is reading:
by Richard Wagamese
by Joseph Boyden
Memories, Dreams, Reflections
by C.G. Jung
Robin’s favourite things about Edmonton:
- Its Ambition