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2010 March

News and Updates from our Chapter

07 Mar

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Change Agent Series presents Tal Dehtiar, founder of Oliberté

March 7, 2010 | By |

DISCLAIMER: This event is NOT hosted by EWB-Grand River or any affiliate and has been posted only as a service to the greater community. This posting does not imply in any way EWB’s endorsement of the event or information presented.

Change Agent Series: Tal Dehtiar, founder of Oliberté

March 18th, 2010 – 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Accelerator Centre
295 Hagey Blvd. – 1st Floor
Waterloo, ON
Free (Registration required)

Hot off the ‘heels’ of hosting EWB’s own George Roter, on March 18th, 2010, Capacity Waterloo Region is presenting Tal Dehtiar – the founder of Oliberté – as part of their Change Agent Series, which highlights the stories and strategies of social entrepreneurs whose ideas are making change.

 Oliberté, based in Oakville, ON, is the first company to market premium urban-casual footwear exclusively made in Africa. To Oliberté and its founder, Africa is “more than just poverty” with their product demonstrating Africa’s “pride, power and liberty”.

 Dehtiar will be coming to Waterloo to share his stories – including surviving CBC’s the Dragon’s Den – and business strategies for building his social venture. Also the co-founder of MBAs Without Borders, he believes you can create change – and help build lives – through a for-profit model such as employed with his company. Tal is a recipient of the 2004 Global Trader Award, the 2005 Arch Award, and a nominee for Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. 

 About Capacity Waterloo Region

Capacity Waterloo Region is a five-year pilot project to fuel social innovation. We’re working toward a future where a vibrant, resilient non-profit community is strengthened by leaders from all sectors working together to leverage resources and cultivate a social innovation “center of excellence” here in our region.

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01 Mar

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A Year of Impact: Engineers Without Borders’ 2009 Annual Report

March 1, 2010 | By |

Part financial review, part story telling, the 2009 Engineers Without Borders-Canada Annual Report was released today.

“I am proud to share [this report],” says EWB-Canada co-CEO, George Roter. “In [these] pages, you will read stories about our work and impact, both in rural Africa and right here at home in Canada.”

These stories include ones like that from northern Ghana, where the Asongtaaba farmer group struggled to grow enough food to feed their families. In 2009, EWB-Canada volunteers and partner organizations helped implement the Agriculture as a Business program, which helped the farmers gain business skills and opportunities to run profitable farms.

“The transformation has been truly remarkable,” says Roter. “The farmers have earned a steady stream of profits; so much so, that our volunteers recently told me that they opened a bank account to save for future investment in their farms.”

The Asongtaaba group represents just one of 130 farmer groups – 2,100 farmers in total – who are now thriving, in part due to EWB-Canada’s help in 2009.  To read more stories like these, and to learn how EWB-Canada is working to help build a more prosperous future for rural Africans, follow this link to the report. To view the 2009 financial statements, click here.