About Us

Our Team

We are a team of students working to engineer change in our community. Guided by sustainable development goals and the goals of Engineers without Borders  EWB) Canada, we strive towards this by investing in the education of our members and hosting events to challenge and inform impressionable youth. Our chapter as well as team, is not limited to engineering students, engaging the entire student body of uOttawa.

Relationship with EWB Canada

EWB Canada serves an advisory capacity to the uOttawa Chapter, guiding our initiatives and lending their continued support for our operations. This consists of financial oversight as well as ensuring our initiatives align with the shared values and mission of EWB Canada.

Junior Felllows Program

Prior to the placement, the volunteer is expected to prepare by reviewing all necessary materials, attending national conference, and participating in pre-departure training, all the while continuing to be a contributing member in the chapter. After the four month overseas placement, the returning Junior Fellow will be required to fulfill the remainder of the program’s objective by staying with the chapter for at least one more year to share valuable learning with the community and mentor the future Junior Fellow.

This placement focuses on building great leaders while providing members with the opportunity to create impact overseas. We recognize that four months is a short time to provide lasting impact in a developing country, so our volunteers are encouraged to return to the chapter and community to raise awareness and knowledge, perhaps providing the greatest impact at home.

Junior Fellows for 2019:

Learn more about the EWB Junior Fellow program.

Fellowship Program

Learn more about the EWB Fellowship program.

Kumvana Program

In the Chichewa dialect of Malawi, Kumvana means “unite so we may discuss and understand.” In this spirit, EWB’s Kumvana Program brings together 10-15 dynamic African professionals for leadership development and network building, while enhancing Canadians’ understanding of sub-Saharan Africa’s development realities.

The Kumvana program consists of an 8-week online learning course (approximately 3 hours per week), an African retreat, and a 1-month intensive Canadian experience. During the Fellows’ time in Canada, they will attend the EWB National Conference and receive specifically tailored training programs, a 3-day leadership development course, and participate in 2 weeks of organisational placements to learn from relevant professional networks. Participants will have the opportunity for an immersive cultural experience, and spend time living with Canadian host families. The Kumvana Program gives to its Fellows an opportunity to network and foster collaborations with Canadian professionals and extraordinary leaders from other African countries. Additionally, these changemakers will receive new skills, ideas, contacts, motivation and the potential to lead that will help guide their actions toward greater, sector-wide impact.

Learn more about the program!

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