Engineers Without Borders (EWB) Canada is an international organization that aims to promote
social justice, address inequalities and eradicate poverty in Canada and around the world. The chapter network is the beating heart of EWB. Our chapter is one of 40 across the country most at universities and colleges, but some that are made up of professional engineers in bigger cities like Toronto and Calgary. Overseas, EWB is currently working in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa: Ghana, Malawi, Zambia, Uganda, and Kenya. The chapters support and are supported by our national office in Toronto, where staff work on a lot of the same things we work on: fundraising, policy, and advocacy.
We’re also connected with our ventures and projects, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, with a couple in Canada, too. The ventures are social enterprises: businesses or nonprofits with a social goal in mind, centering on poverty alleviation. They do everything from creating mass-texting platforms to reach underserved rural populations, to working with development groups and governments to improve water services in various communities.
We have various opportunities—through conferences, retreats, fundraising, and fellowships—to interact with our venture staff. We do a lot of work on engineering. Across the country, staff and chapter members are working on several initiatives to get more people into engineering and to change what it means to be an “engineer” in the 21st century.
"As long as poverty, injustice and gross inequality persist in our world, none of us can truly rest"
- Nelson Mandela
Our mission is to catalyze changes that address the root causes of poverty and inequity by investing in people and ideas that will contribute to building an equitable and sustainable world.
Engineers Without Borders seeks to identify and eliminate the root causes of poverty and inequity in Canada and abroad.