Engineers Without Borders (EWB) is a national organization dedicated to addressing global economic and social inequalities. As the Queen’s Chapter of EWB, we look to expand upon the traditional education that we receive as Queens’ students. We advocate highlighting issues that extend beyond the boundaries of our current curricula, focusing on the complexity of development aid, stakeholder analysis, global realities and movements dedicated to the resolution of these issues. Our Chapter offers international, national, and local opportunities to further this end.
Internationally, we send one student abroad every year in our Junior Fellowship Program to work in EWB’s programs in Africa. This student is mandated to share their experiences with the Queen’s Chapter and Queen’s community upon completing the Fellowship. At a national level, we provide students with the opportunity to attend the largest development conference in Canada. Locally, we work to expose the Queen’s campus to Fair Trade, aid transparency, and sustainable development. QEWB is spearheading the initiative to make Queen’s a Fair Trade designated campus and is currently working with multiple retailers to ensure they meet the required standards for this designation. We also host weekly No Borders sessions where we hold discussions and host workshops. QEWB is also active in bringing a global perspective to the Faculty of Engineering by making curriculum adjustments and working with professors. Beyond the Queen’s campus, our Chapter is currently reaching out to local high schools to educate students on local development issues.
QEWB aims to clear misconceptions about development and spread our passion for change within our community. We invest in our members’ personal growth as a fundamental step in local and global development. We use an action-based approach to social change. We foster creativity and critical thinking in problem solving by learning from our failures and challenging the status quo. We create equitable partnerships at Queen’s, across Canada, and abroad – working together to outsmart poverty.
The activities of the club shall be carried on with no intention of personal financial gain.