Climative co-Founder Asif Hasan has been named a finalist for EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2023 in Atlantic Canada, along with seventeen other regional business leaders. EY Canada announced the regional finalists in the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2023 program Monday, August 14. Selected by an independent panel of judges, businesses from each Canadian region have been recognized for transforming our world through unbounded innovation, growth, and prosperity.
The Climative team is very proud that our co-founder Asif Hasan is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year ® 2023 Atlantic. Asif is more than just a visionary entrepreneur fighting climate change. He is a leader in his community, busy championing the interests of newcomers, fledgling entrepreneurs, students, minorities, and those who deserve a louder voice at the table.
Asif was an international student at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, where he founded a company (then Simptek, now Climative) with four other students. Over the last eight years, Climative has employed 30+ employees and has been continually nominated for the diversity award by the New Brunswick Multicultural Council. Atlantic Business Magazine named Asif a Top 50 CEO in 2020 due to his leadership approach that focuses on empathy and connection.
Asif co-founded ISA-NB (the International Students Association New Brunswick) during the COVID-19 pandemic to help ease students’ transition into Canadian society. He is an advisor for the Local Immigration Partnership in Fredericton (LIPF), where he works with other stakeholders to aid with integrating and settling immigrants within the region. Asif is also on the Board of Directors for Cohesia (formerly Dialogue NB), working on a mandate to help the Province of New Brunswick become a more socially cohesive community.
During the heat of the COVID-19 pandemic, Asif became the Dialogue Community Leader for the City of Fredericton. He led the City’s Dialogue Community Program, where he championed two main initiatives. The first initiative, the Lost Votes Campaign, is seeking to allow tax-paying Permanent Residents to vote in municipal elections. If successful, this will be the first time in Canadian history. The second initiative, Speakers Corner, provides marginalized voices with a designated platform to address the public.
Asif sits on the board of the Bangladesh Cultural Association of New Brunswick. He has provided a safe and caring home for many immigrant children as a foster parent.
Solving the climate crisis has been Climative‘s North Star since Asif co-founded the company more than eight years ago. Today, our mission is to create a low-carbon plan for every building. Our technology is producing solutions for governments, utilities, and energy efficiency organizations throughout Canada. The solutions are designed to address energy poverty and inequality by facilitating fair access to retrofit support across all communities and income levels.
Climative’s platform has evolved to provide new opportunities for all stakeholders in the emerging low-carbon economy, including:
“This year’s finalists are creating innovative business models to withstand tough market pressures amid a challenging economic and geopolitical landscape,” says Rachel Rodrigues, EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Canada Program Director. “From financial services and biotechnology to fashion and homewares, the diversity in both the industries and the entrepreneurs is a true testament to the inclusivity and excellence of Canada’s vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.”
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View the full list of EY Entrepreneur Of The Year 2023 Atlantic finalists.
Our deepest congratulations to Asif and all of the well-deserved Atlantic regional finalists!