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Zehra is a passionate about what she does. Listen in as she talks about how she didn’t go to school to learn about her take on local and global change, how she launched her entrepreneurial and socially innovative Studio 89, and what she’s doing to bring together the for profit and not for profit business models.


Zehra Abbas is the Founder and Executive Director of YTGA (Youth Troopers for Global Awareness), a youth led non-profit organization mobilizing and empowering young people for domestic and international social justice through campaigns, workshops and the arts.

Zehra and the YTGA team have recently launched a social enterprise in Mississauga called Studio.89, part fair-trade cafe and part artademic resource centre. The cafe encourages ethical and healthy consumerism while hosting numerous community events and initiatives. The artademic centre offers arts, academic and lifestyle workshops as well as free resources and entrepreneurial opportunities.

Zehra and her team have combined their multi-faceted talents to create the unique and dynamic Studio.89 model which facilitates both local and global action. As an experienced member of the non- profit sector, Zehra has campaigned to Stop the Sexual Exploitation of Children in Canada, volunteered for the War Against Rape in Pakistan, and worked with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture.

For more information about Studio 89.