Chapters are the beating heart of EWB. Across Canada chapter members are taking thoughtful and strategic actions to create profound social change in their universities, companies, and communities.
Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is dedicated to alleviating poverty around the globe through advocacy, leadership, and combating root causes.
Aside from fundraising to help end poverty overseas (Run to End Poverty) and other national ventures, EWB UCalgary focuses on a slew of local issues such as promoting Fair Trade food products, encouraging student research in environmental sustainability, advocating for the improvement of construction waste bylaws with local government, and educating youth.
EWB UCalgary has six ventures:
The Advocacy Venture works toward achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These goals are focused on addressing the global challenges like poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice. To reach these goals, we plan on featuring an SDG each month and outlining how people can help make a change at home. We also host events for the Meet My Monster Campaign, which addresses challenges and inequalities that the pandemic has brought us. Our venture will also make masks from upcycled fabric to donate to local organizations that can distribute them to the vulnerable.
Evolving Engineering aims to engage engineering students with the engineering community. We encourage sustainability within the community through ReConstruct Calgary. We also offer a Mentorship Program and a Research and Innovation Showcase.
The Fair Trade Venture strives to spread awareness about the importance of sustainable and ethically sourced goods. Our venture is part of the larger Fair Trade Movement, whose main goal is to make all post-secondary campuses in Canada Fair Trade Certified. We plan on hosting online Fair Trade workshops at schools and sharing interviews with Fair Trade executives on social media. We also plan on collaborating with the Meal Exchange Communal Lunch Project to hold bi-weekly virtual lunches.
Youth Ventures focuses on educating youth on sustainable engineering. To teach youths about engineering, we work with the Schulich Diversity Office to conduct high school presentations. We also hold activity-based presentations for ENTI 317 – Entrepreneurial Thinking labs.
The Communications Venture keeps members within EWB connected, and seeks to forge connections with people outside of the club. We inform others by sending newsletters, creating graphics, posting on social media, and updating the EWB website.
Finance and Fundraising
The Finance and Fundraising Venture manages EWB’s finances and keeps track of our budget. We plan, organize, and host fundraising events to help fund future club activities. We ensure that the other EWB ventures get the funding that they need for their goals.