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14 Feb


George Roter to speak on February 16

February 14, 2012 | By |

George Roter, co-founder and CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada, will be presenting a lecture called “Stop ‘helping those poor people in Africa:’ An argument for a systemic approach to supporting international development.

He will examine our standard approaches to poverty reduction and development in sub-Saharan Africa. He will argue that simple actions – like building a well or a school – are insufficient to achieving poverty reduction and get in the way of more effective approaches. A different way forward is needed – focusing on systemic change – in order to drive economic and social development, and greater justice for those living in poverty.

The public lecture will be in the Lecture Hall, STP 105, at St. Paul’s University College at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 16.

Admission  is free. Parking is available at St. Paul’s on a first-come, first-serve basis and is free after 4:30 pm.

For more information, please contact Kelly Deeks-Johnson,

18 Jan


EWB Speaking Tour hits Grand River!

January 18, 2012 | By |

EWB has received funding to organize a speaking tour that will visit offices and campuses across Canada in order to increase interest and support nation-wide of EWB’s work.

Mina Shahid, who works with the Agricultural Value Chains team in Ghana, will be speaking in our area. EWB Grand River has teamed up with the University of Waterloo to host a workshop style presentation with Mina, that has lots of opportunity for interaction and engagement and of course learning!

The workshop will be Monday January 23 2012 in room 2004 of the Enginereering 5 building at the University of Waterloo. (Engineering 5 is the newest engineering building on Ring Road.) Participants are asked to arrive by 4:30pm.

The event is open to everyone and we hope that we might see lots of old and new faces alike. This is a great way to learn more about the work EWB does from one of our awesome overseas staff!

Feel free to contact if you’d like more information on the event or directions to the venue.

29 Sep


65 Years of Fair Trade

September 29, 2011 | By |

On Saturday, October 1st Ten Thousand Villages will be celebrating 65 years of Fair Trade in their 48 stores across Canada, as well as at the National Office and Distribution Centre in New Hamburg, Ontario. Stop by your local store or the New Hamburg Open House and join in the festivities! There will be food, guests, slideshows, entertainment, gift basket draws, displays, balloons, tattoos and more!

In addition, celebrate with an Evening of Stories and Celebration with international storyteller Doug Dirks.

Sunday, October 2nd at 7:00 pm
Toronto United Mennonite Church

1774 Queen Street East

The evening will include Fair Trade food and drink and a chance to meet Ten Thousand Villages celebrity supporter Gail Vaz-Oxlade.

Doug Dirks has for decades been a visionary leader in the global Fair Trade movement and an impassioned advocate for artisans around the world. A masterful storyteller, many have been riveted by accounts of his early work establishing craft producing groups in some of the world’s most impoverished countries.



25 Aug


August Meetup Tonight

August 25, 2011 | By |

BarleyWorks Patio at Huether Hotel (Upstairs)
59 King Street North, Waterloo

We’d love to see you if you have a chance to drop in. Folks from the UW chapter will be joining us to give us the low down on Fair Trade Waterloo and update us on the great things happening at UW.

18 Apr


Fair Trade Fortnight

April 18, 2011 | By |

What is Fair Trade Fortnight?

From Our Buddies Over at FairTrade Canada:

“It’s only the best time of the year for anyone who loves Fair Trade and wants to spread it like wildfire throughout Canada! It’s when everyone gets together to do fun stuff in support of Fair Trade, from big public events, to special promotions in stores, to quiet efforts at home.

So, because (a) Fair Trade is awesome, and (b) Canada has a brand new (and far prettier) Fairtrade certification mark, we’re issuing a challenge to all Canadians… we want YOU to get loud and proud about Fair Trade and “Show Off Your Label! from May 1-15.”

06 Mar


EWB Guelph’s Annual Gala

March 6, 2011 | By |

Translating Actions to Impacts: EWB Guelph’s 5th Annual Gala event

Join EWB for a celebration of our collective efforts for social
change. This evening will connect students, professors, and
professionals to explore the ways that we can become social change
leaders. All proceeds from the evening will support two Guelph
undergraduate students who will be volunteering in Ghana and Malawi
this summer.

The event will take place at the Albion Hotel on Wednesday, March
23rd, 2011. Doors open at 7:30pm, and the evening commences at

Enjoy a fair trade auction, stories from past overseas volunteers,
the premier screening of EWB’s global engineering documentary, and a
variety of talented performers.

Tickets are $15 for students; $20 for professors, professional, and
community members. The ticket price listed includes appetizers.

Tickets can be securely purchased online through this link:

Contact Kevin Lees at for more details.

Come out for an unforgettable evening of inspiring dialogue and
meaningful connections!

13 Feb


Grand River Chapter Planning Meeting: February 17

February 13, 2011 | By |

Next Grand River Chapter Meeting:  February 17

The next meet-and-greet and planning meeting of Grand River Chapter’s winter season is currently scheduled for February 17th at 7 PM.   (Please check back here on the day of the meeting, in case of any last minute update regarding location or time.)  Anyone considering becoming more involved in our Grand River Professional chapter, or wanting to learn more about Engineers Without Borders in general, is invited to attend.  You’ll also have the opportunity to get feedback from one of EWB’s great group of volunteers, recently returned from working in Malawi.  See you there !

Location:   229 Glasgow Street (SIDE entrance), Kitchener

20 Dec


Cold Air – Warm Spirits

December 20, 2010 | By |

Social event on Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Join us as we celebrate the holiday season with a global perspective. We will be meeting in Waterloo Park to enjoy the Wonders Of Winter light display in the company of African Program Staff member Erin Antcliffe. Erin is back for a month from her long-term placement in Ghana, to celebrate the holidays and attend National Conference, and has been gracious enough to carve out some of her time to spend with us!

This will be a chance to discuss EWB and Erin’s work and experiences in a fun, casual atmosphere. If you’ve wanted to know more about what EWB is and what we do but have not wanted to attend a “business meeting”, this event is for you!

After our tour of the park we will be meeting at the Huether to warm up over drinks. (So if a brisk walk on a winter evening does not appeal to you, feel free to join us later for drinks indoors!) Our 2010 Professional Fellow Mark Soares is newly returned from his placement in Ghana and will be present at the event to share his perspective with us too. Grab a friend and see you at the park!

When:  6:30 PM, December 22nd

Where:  Waterloo Park, Waterloo ON.  Meet at the parking lot near the Lion’s Lagoon splash pad and pavilions.