About Us

What is EWB?

Engineers Without Borders (EWB), formed in 2000, is one of Canada’s most respected development agencies. Launched on university campuses, there are now 34 City and university chapters with nearly 50,000 members across the country! EWB Vancouver was launched in September 2005 as one of the four original professional chapters.

Poverty is the product of broken systems that prevent people from realizing their full potential. Extreme poverty and inequitable development exist because injustices are deeply entrenched in our systems – in behaviours among individuals, within institutions and in the relationships that bind them.

EWB is a social change incubator for people, ventures and ideas. We spark and accelerate systemic innovations in Canada and Africa that have the potential to radically disrupt the systems that allow poverty to persist.

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What do we do at the Vancouver City Network?

EWB Vancouver City Network is a dynamic group of leaders who are interested in creating systemic change. We learn about systems thinking to create systemic innovations to accelerate development in Africa and transform the engineering profession in Canada. We engage in dialogue with other EWBers and experts in various aspects of development to gain knowledge of the system we’re trying to change. We partner with other leaders to create events to raise awareness of aid and development in Africa, global engineering in university classrooms and at the workplace, and fair trade among the public.

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Our Values

The values of the EWB Vancouver City Network are knowledge, community, culture, and impact. EWBers love to gather together to learn about systems thinking, social enterprises, environmental and sustainability issues. We also hold workshops to develop leadership skills among our members.

Our members gain knowledge to more effectively create systemic innovations. Our members are part of a community that is intentional in supporting each other grow as change leaders. Our chapter fosters the culture of asking tough questions and being open to learn while at the same time having fun. With the right combination of knowledge, community, and culture, we can search for and incubate innovations that create lasting impact.