Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to common questions about our work in Canada and Africa, our initiatives, our people, and our organization.

What is Engineers Without Border's charitable registration number?

EWB’s charitable registration number is: 89980-1815-RR0001.

When and where do our general meetings happen, and what do they consist of?​

Our general meetings for the Winter 2019 semester happen in John Hodgins Engineering (JHE) Building, from 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM. Each general meeting consist of a member learning session, where currently Vice Presidents of each team present about their current project, their progress in order to teach the McMaster Community about what it is they do in order to improve the McMaster and Hamilton Community.

How do you get involved as a general member?​

You can simply send us an email, letting us know you are interested in joining as a general member and we would add you to our general mailing list where we send out weekly updates to all general members updating you on member learning sessions, all current and future events that we are hosting! 

There's a variety of projects we have, which includes:

1) Leadership Development: Partnering up with Empowerment Squared/Hamilton Downtown, to help young adults from refugee and immigrant backgrounds excel in school through academic support and workshops. *Please note this is a weekly commitment from September - December, and January - April.

2) Food Systems: Leading the composting movement on campus through spreading awareness and planning for its infrastructure with facility services.

3) Fundraising: Through a series of creative fundraising events, the team would fundraise money for our ventures in sub Saharan Africa and one of our local charities.

4) Policy and Advocacy: Leading Hello2030 national campaign to spread awareness of the sustainable development goals

5) Global Engineering Conference: Help in building an innovative conference revolving around food systems and engineering *Please note it does not have to be related to engineering, and can be any theme.

6) Reconciliation: Work on Reconciliation with the indigenous community through participating in a Water Systems Project led by Dr. Charles De Lannoy through CHEM ENG 4Y04 independent project.

Why aren't you all engineers?​

If you look back through our history, you’ll see that EWB was founded on the premise of ‘engineers doing good for the world via access to technology’. However, we have since expanded our efforts to focus on the human systems that perpetuate poverty and inequality in the world, and broadened the expertise our members bring to the table as a result. There is a running joke with a lot of our non-engineer members who refer to our members as “engineers of systems change”.

Are you all engineers?​

No, contrary to the name, EWB Canada attracts students and professionals working in a variety of fields. In addition to engineers, we have members working and studying in the fields of policy, international development, consulting, business, law and many other backgrounds.

What type of work do you do in McMaster University and the Hamilton Community?​

McMaster Engineers Without Borders works with the Faculty of Engineering, the McMaster Engineering Society, and the McMaster Student Union to provide the McMaster Community with the best experimental experience, which involves collaborating with other organizations on and off campus such as Empowerment Squared, the McMaster Academic Sustainability Programs Office, as well as working on a Reconciliation Project with Dr. Charles De Lannoy through CHEM ENG 4Y04.

What is the fellowship program?​

Engineers Without Borders Canada sends students from Universities (Chapters) across Canada to Sub-Saharan Africa. We partner with innovative startup businesses to push the boundaries of what is possible in sub-Saharan Africa. We support entrepreneurs from seed to global scale; from idea to widespread impact. The initiatives begin locally, but they have the capacity to eradicate poverty and create far-reaching change. 

The EWB ventures program makes customized, long-term investments of up to $100,000 USD in first-of-kind scalable social enterprises with the potential to positively impact millions of people living in poverty. 


Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest rates of early-stage entrepreneurship on the planet; over 250 million of the continent’s citizens work in 17.7 million small and growing businesses.


Many sub-Saharan economies are on the verge of a dramatic transformation, with small and growing businesses exploring increasingly progressive means to kick-start significant growth across multiple sectors: including smallholder agriculture, water and sanitation services, communications technology, and more.


These businesses can blossom to serve millions. Their innovations can lift the collective prospects of large communities. Ventures can eliminate hunger; they can increase health education, housing infrastructure, employment opportunities, community safety, and access to basic financing. They simply need the right support.


Through a unique approach to investment, we partner with forward-thinking businesses and community organizations. By investing capital, support and expertise, we improve the way these innovative small and growing businesses operate to help eradicate poverty and inequity.

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