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2014 November

News and Updates from our Chapter

11 Nov


Dev Drinks: Poverty Reduction Advocacy and the Federal Government

November 11, 2014 | By |

Welcome to our November EWB-WRG Newsletter! We, the Waterloo Region & Guelph chapter of EWB, have got a cool event coming up this week in our “Development Drinks” series. And, EWB-UW Gala and a Venture Update.

Development Drinks: Poverty Reduction Advocacy and the Federal Government

When: Wednesday, Nov 12, 7pm

Where: Huether Hotel – The Board Room Upstairs at Barley Works, 59 King Street North, Waterloo, ON

Development Drinks is about meeting up with like-minded individuals with a themed talk, discussion, and your choice of beverage. Come meet up with Engineers Without Borders and connect with the development community.

A federal election is looming. This election will give us the opportunity to advocate for policies to help reduce poverty. Come learn what EWB is proposing that we say to our elected officials and candidates in particular about Development Assistance and Canadian Foreign Policy. Meaghan Langille and Kathryn Stasiuk Riddell are members of EWB Advocacy Distributed team and they will present EWB’s advocacy campaign.


EWB University of Waterloo’s Gala will be Monday, November 17 from 5:30-8:30 in POETS (the engineering lounge in CPH). Tickets are $5 and you can get them at the door. It would be great to see members of the professional chapter there and other “grown ups” from EWB and beyond :-)

Spotlight on Ventures

While our events are important locally, it’s also equally important for us to pay close attention to the side of our work that we all find purpose, meaning and impact in regarding the social change we’re pursuing. This month, we thought we’d share a few exciting updates from some of the Ventures in EWB’s 5 portfolios:

  • VOTO Mobile is shortlisted for a Global Innovation Competition and it needs your help! The VOTO Mobile team has proposed an innovative project to bring public polling of social priorities to the Ghanaian political scene. Find out more, and upvote their idea at: VOTO Mobile was also recently named one of the top 3 m-Governance solutions in Africa at the World Summit Award’s. Mark Boots was also recently selected as a Cordes Fellow.
  • Mina Shahid from Kulemela Investments was selected as a SOCAP14 Social Entrepreneur, featured as one of the most promising ventures to attend SOCAP and given a scholarship to attend.
  • After 2 years of hard work, The Canadian Fair Trade Network recently celebrated a major success in convincing Starbucks Canada to serve Fairtrade certified espresso exclusively at their University campus locations!
  • The Pollen Group’s Amir Allana recently had a paper on Adaptive Management published by the Beam Exchange. The Knowledge Management for Development Journal has accepted a shortened version of the paper for peer-reviewed publication in their May 2015 issue.
  • Sydney Byrns from WatSan recently presented three in-depth papers at the “Water, Engineers and Development Centre Conference” in Vietnam.
  • This week alone, the Rent to Own team signed up 40 new farmers!
  • Jeff Geipel, alongside the VP of Sustainability & Environment at Centerra Gold, recently presented to a packed audience at Ryerson University’s CSR Institute and at the UN’s , discussing his work in local procurement.

Thanks & see you soon.