Annual Report Focused. Innovative. Ready.
Bvekelani Nthala is a maize farmer, the father of two school-age children, and the Village Chairman of Tchale, a rural community in Malawi. Despite the persistent threat of food shortages and limited access to clean water in his community, Bvekelani leads Tchale with dignity.
This is a community that aspires to do more. Bvekelani, his wife Dorothy and the other community members envision expanding their canal gardens, growing more maize, and accessing markets in which they can sell their surplus harvest. They dream of dramatically improving their lives.
Last year under Bvekelani’s leadership, the community built a system of canals to bring water to Tchale’s farmers, allowing them to grow maize even during Malawi’s dry season. Soon they will harvest the first dry season maize, in what is usually the hungriest time of the year in Malawi.
Tchale is but one of thousands of communities across rural Africa that share this vision. Every day we work with people who, like Bvekelani and Dorothy, seek the opportunity to build a prosperous future. They are forward-thinking, entrepreneurial, and hard-working. These remarkable people are central to what we do and why we do it.
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COVER PHOTO: Dorothy is Bvekelani’s wife, the Village Chairman of Tchale, Malawi. She and her husband hope to sell the maize they grow at the market to earn an income and build a stronger future for their family. Photo: Anna-Marie Silvester
Bvekelani Nthala’s irrigation-fed, dry season maize crop towers over him near his home in Tchale, Malawi. Photo: Anna-Marie Silvester
Maize sits ready to be processed. Photo: Duncan McNicholl
In Africa: Our Approach The Opportunity to Thrive Innovations
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In Canada: Our Approach Engineers Serve the World Innovations
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A Letter from Co-CEOs George Roter and Parker Mitchell
Each spring, the small-scale farmers we know in Ghana’s Northern region prepare their farms and pray for the arrival of the rainy season. Here, the food supply hinges on the rains. In years when the rainy season is late or barely arrives, crops are stunted and harvests inadequate. Seeds are often the only thing left to eat when the next planting season arrives. Despite these conditions, we have met farmers—exceptional in their determination, work ethic and ingenuity—who simply won’t be discouraged. They plant more cassava or yams, which grow in dry soils; they stretch their existing food stock to make it last; and they adopt new techniques to grow in even the harshest conditions. These exceptional farmers were our inspiration in 2009.
We focused In January 2009, we gathered key EWB leaders for a strategy meeting to discuss the year ahead. We identified two issues that would be critical determinants of EWB’s success in 2009 and we resolved to tackle them head-on.
Detailed revenue growth from the past 5 years Page 22
The first of these issues—slowing revenue growth—was certainly not unique to EWB. Traditionally our year-over-year revenue growth averaged 20%, but signs indicated this would come to a full stop in 2009. We knew to move forward as planned would spread our resources too thin. Cutting any program is a difficult choice and paring-back staff is agonizing. But we decided to concentrate our resources where our impact would be greatest. In Africa, we wound-down two programs and reallocated resources to the remaining five. In Canada, we focused our work around three key areas for creating change—Connecting Canadians to Africa, Developing Globally Responsible Engineers, and Advocating for Improved Government Policies toward Africa—and prioritized National Office resources
toward a small number of program areas. The second issue was more complex. In the previous year we sensed a slow drift away from the unmatched energy and entrepreneurialism that characterized EWB’s early years. We were unwilling to accept that this was inevitable in a maturing organisation. We knew that innovative, talented, intelligent and driven people who characterized EWB would simply not be attracted to a staid and stale organisation. So we took some risks.
“We were certain that the change we aspire to would require the most innovative, talented, intelligent and driven people we could find.”
At our 2009 National Conference, we stood before 600 EWB leaders and burned our mission statement—a mission that no longer reflected our operations and direction. To say we were nervous is an understatement— we didn’t know what would replace it, nor did we know how members would react.
What we did know was that EWB needed renewal. So, with hundreds of EWB members participating, we began a 10-month process of collectively developing a clear organisational direction, a more focused strategy, and an articulated set of values. We also created space for new ideas to emerge. In Africa, we increased our investment in pilot projects to test and prove innovations. In Canada we launched the Social Change Social Change Entrepreneurship Program to incubate and provide seed Entrepreneurship and funding for nine leaders’ ideas. Our reduced staff capacity other innovations Page 17 required creative solutions to maintain support for our Canadian Programs, so we launched National Program Teams that reengaged talented and proven EWB leaders in a new set of volunteer roles.
In hindsight, our response to these issues allowed us to emerge 5
More than ever, we are focused, thinking innovatively and ready to contribute to widespread change in rural Africa. from 2009 focused, energized, and with more engaged leaders than ever before.
We Innovated and Delivered Full list of our volunteers Page 30
In the midst of organisational change, EWB’s core purpose never wavered; we remained committed to creating opportunities for rural Africans. We are proud of EWB’s impact in 2009 and the Canadian and African leaders who made it possible.
The Eat Ghana Rice Campaign Page 12
We are proud of our staff and volunteers in Africa who partnered with local businesses, NGOs and governments to increase their capacity and effectiveness. Volunteers like Mark Hemsworth, an engineer from Calgary, who helped Forest Fruits, a Zambian honey company, increase their production capacity and double the selling price of one of their products.
Engineers Serving the World Page 15
We are proud of the EWB leaders who influenced consumers to make choices that contribute to opportunity in Africa. Leaders like Sarah Grant and her Ghanaian partner Moses Tia, who piloted the Eat Ghana Rice marketing campaign that contributed to a 50% increase in demand for local rice. We are proud of student chapter leaders who, during one day in March, introduced 30,000 Canadians to Fair Trade products, changing their shopping behaviours and contributing to sold-out stocks of Fair Trade Certified coffee and bananas across Canada.
“We are proud of EWB’s impact in 2009 and the leaders who made it possible.”
And we are proud of those who recognized that EWB’s growing expertise and decade of experience could be used to influence system-wide change. In Canada, we captured the lessons we’ve gained from delivering globally-focused engineering curriculum in three published papers. In Ghana, our Governance and Rural Infrastructure team
wrote three position papers that influenced the community of institutional donors and policy-makers in West Africa. We are proud of the leaders who made EWB’s impact in 2009 possible. They found new ways— whether by increasing our partners’ capacity, changing individual consumption behaviours, or influencing sector leaders—to contribute to opportunities for rural Africans.
We are Ready
“We made tough decisions, refocused our approach, laid the foundations for a strong future, and had tremendous impact.”
In 2009, we made tough decisions, refocused our approach, laid the foundations for a strong future, and had tremendous impact. $
In 2010 we will maintain this discipline and focus, and we will be more ambitious than ever before. We will deliver on our five programs in Africa, each with sophisticated three-year strategies to affect transformative change. Our leaders and chapters in Canada will influence the behaviours of individual Canadians and our institutions through our innovative programs at a local and national level. We will continue to put innovative management rigour, both in what we do and how we do it, at the heart of EWB. And to accomplish this, we will grow our financial resources by 30%.
Planned 5 Year Revenue Growth Page 22
We begin 2010 focused, innovative and ready. Thank you for making this possible. Yours sincerely, George Roter Parker Mitchell Co-Founders & Co-CEOs, Engineers Without Borders Canada
Our Approach: In Africa “If one farmer’s son or daughter decides to study to be a doctor and another a farmer that is okay. What is important is that they have the opportunity to decide.”
Victoria Anamooh is a well-respected Agricultural Extension Agent with Ghana’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture, a mother of five, and a community leader. Her words reflect the purpose of our work: everyone deserves the chance to lead a life of dignity and opportunity. To make this possible, EWB works in partnership with government, business, and non-governmental organisations to foster the opportunities rural Africans need to thrive. We work in the water, agriculture, and infrastructure sectors—areas where our approach can add the greatest value. 8
We address the critical challenges African communities are facing with innovative and lasting solutions.
By working in partnership with local government, business and non-governmental organisations, we are able to magnify EWB’s investment. Our volunteers work to support local leaders, improve our partners’ operational capacity, and embed innovative approaches. This approach allows our impact to be lasting and to leverage existing organisational resources for much greater reach than we would be capable of alone.
Understand Field Realities
By learning local languages, living alongside their African co-workers, and spending time in rural villages, our volunteers are able to develop a deep understanding of field realities. This allows our volunteers to identify more appropriate solutions and to have open, two-way communication with our local partners. We use this knowledge to influence major development institutions and donors to ensure their strategies take these field realities into account.
Sofo Abdulai (left), an Agriculture Extension Agent with thirty years of experience, stands with the Afaapel farmer group in Gumbo, Ghana. Photo: Meghan Dear
As engineers we are trained to have analytical skills and a creative problem solving mindset. We bring these tremendous assets to the complex challenge of tackling extreme poverty. We work to deeply understand the root causes of the challenges rural Africans face, and then pilot innovative solutions. Through ongoing iteration, we are able to refine these ideas and scale them up to have widespread impact.
EWB’s approach is doing more to take capacity development as an objective systematically than any other development organisation I have seen.
Sakiko Fukuda-Parr former Director of the UN Human Development Report
The Opportunity to Thrive Agriculture is the cornerstone of Ghanaâ€™s economy, yet in Northern Ghana a vast majority of farmers struggle to grow enough food to feed their families, let alone to generate a profit. These farmers are critical drivers of prosperity in rural Ghana, and improved business skills will allow them to achieve their potential.
Understanding Challenges Two years ago, in partnership with the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture (MoFA), we began testing approaches to help farmers increase their crop yields and earn a lasting income. Ten EWB volunteers worked with hundreds of farmers in countless communities, and what they consistently saw were hardworking and entrepreneurial farmers without the business skills, access to credit, and market opportunities needed to run profitable farms.
The prize harvest of a farmer in northern Ghana is featured at National Farmersâ€™ Day
Photo: Nadia Berger
In Ghana, we help a growing number of farmers access the skills and opportunities they need to turn their humble farms into profitable businesses.
Farming as a Business In response, we developed the Agriculture as a Business program—an innovative curriculum of workshops implemented by MoFA’s far-reaching network of field staff. The program works with farmer groups and provides training to better plan harvests, track profits, and mitigate planting risks—among other critical business skills for farmers. As a group, farmers are able to generate collateral and access credit to expand their farms. For thousands of farmers in Ghana, the Agriculture as a Business program is giving them practical and lasting skills and tools to change their lives. In Wiiga, the Asongtaaba farmer group is certainly no exception. Impressive changes have taken place since the group implemented Agriculture as a Business just one year ago. Farmers’ newly acquired business skills have led to greater profits, which are gathering in their recently opened savings account at a bank—funds that are being accumulated for future investments in their farms. A year ago, many farmers in Wiiga could only hope for change. The Agriculture as a Business program has given them the tools to increase their incomes and build more prosperous futures.
Scaling-up in Ghana In 2009, we began scaling-up the program with MoFA throughout Northern and Upper Eastern Ghana. In the coming year we will continue to improve the program’s effectiveness and increase its reach.
Number of farmers positively impacted by the program
Number of farmer groups
Number of farming groups that are planning businesses
54 “The AAB program is practical and tangible. It’s based on theory but it focuses on real life issues that farmers are dealing with.“
- Tahiru Yahaya Mohammed Agricultural Extension Agent, MoFA 11
Innovations in African Programs RESULTS & Future Increased functionality of two water taps:
11% Number of water points monitored and repaired in three districts by 2012:
11,000 to 15,000
Population positively impacted in three districts by 2012:
2,000,000 to 4,000,000
Percentage of target audience reached:
Percentage of target audience switching to Ghanaian rice:
26% Percentage demand increase for rice processors:
Monitoring Sources of Clean Water CONTEXT
In Thyolo, Malawi, district officials had limited information available to identify when clean water taps stopped working. Because of this, officials could not quickly manage repairs to ensure safe water for hundreds of families.
EWB volunteer Owen Scott helped the district use the existing network of water tap fee collectors to increase the flow of information on the functionality and location of water sources.
Owen and EWBâ€™s Waterpoint Team is helping to implement a similar concept in three other districts, working with a network of health care workers to gather information on a quarterly basis and identify which clean water sources are working.
Promoting Local Rice CONTEXT
The local market for Ghanaian rice was stifled by the perception that locally-produced rice was low quality, leaving local farmers and processors without a market from which to earn a living.
Alongside the Ghanaian Ministry of Food and Agriculture, EWB leader Sarah Grant launched a pilot marketing campaign called Eat Ghana Rice to promote the health benefits and high quality of locally-grown rice. The campaign was the first of its kind in the region.
With billboards, flyers and a catchy radio jingle, the Eat Ghana Rice campaign influenced consumer habits which led to increased demand for local rice producers. Now, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture is investing in a national launch of the campaign.
Our Approach: In Canada
Although he lives 8,200 kilometers from Canada, Cuthbert Kuupiel knows that Canadians can have a positive impact on rural communities in Ghana. As the Project Manager for CommunityDriven Initiatives for Food Security, Cuthbert has seen that Canada is falling short of its potential to have positive impact. “Canada is not a donor country that is leading the way to implement innovative aid in Africa,” he says.
Hundreds of EWB volunteers urge Canadians to buy Fair Trade Certified products in a dramatic way after an outreach event in Toronto.
Photo: Paul Blondé
We connect Canadians to their important role in Africa’s future. Like Cuthbert, we know that Canadians can play a positive role in creating opportunity in Africa—and the delivery of effective development aid is just the beginning. Canadian consumers, educators, leaders, engineers, and businesses all affect the ability of Africans to lead the lives they hope for, free from persistent poverty. Across Canada, our 34 university chapters and city networks drive our work forward by engaging engineers and engineering companies, politicians, and the public. In 2009, the impact of our chapters was extensive. Developing Globally Responsible Engineers
We engaged 12,000 future engineers through our curriculum enhancement initiatives giving them the skills to become globally-minded problem solvers.
Advocating for Improved Government Policies toward Africa We talked with 50 Members of Parliament about Canada’s role in Africa with the overarching goal of improving the effectiveness of our country’s aid.
Connecting Canadians to Africa
We promoted opportunities for economic growth in Africa by introducing over 90,000 Canadians to Fair Trade Certified products.
Our model gives each of our chapters the freedom to innovate and develop their own programs, while uniting together under a common national strategy. Because of this, our work remains unique and capable of having a widespread impact. We aspire to see leaders like Cuthbert identify Canada as a country that promotes dignity and prosperity for Africans in thousands of rural communities. More than ever, we are poised to help make this happen. 14
Equipping Engineers to Serve the World Ten years ago, EWB was founded on the belief that Canadian engineers have a unique skill set enabling them to tackle even the most complex problemsâ€”extreme poverty is certainly no exception. Yet many engineers do not connect their skills and training to the tremendous potential they hold to address global challenges. We have long targeted this disconnect at its root, working with Canadian universities to integrate the principals of global engineering and social change into their courses. For example, our McMaster University chapter worked with professors to deliver a Root Causes of Poverty workshop to every first year engineering student to help them learn to analyze complex systems. As a result of our collaboration with engineering schools, over 50,000 engineering students have been exposed to the power of their problem solving skills when used in a broader global context to date. In 2009 we began expanding our focus from course-bycourse to a more far-reaching approach. With this in mind, we seek to bring global concepts to Canadian engineering education as a whole.
Influencing Engineering Faculties
The concept of the global engineer is presented to students on the University of Toronto campus. Photo: Mina Shahid
In 2009 we partnered with engineering faculties, including those at the University of Toronto, University of British Columbia and University of Waterloo, to help faculty integrate global engineering concepts into their broader curriculum strategies. Through these collaborations we helped to incorporate the political, social and economic context of technical challenges into learning modules and curricula at these schools.
Publishing Key Learning We have taken great strides to influence academic spheres more
We strategically integrate global concepts into engineering training to unleash the power of the profession to address extreme poverty.
RESULTS & Future
Number of professors working in partnership with EWB:
Target number of engineering students to be reached in 2010:
Target percentage of first year engineering students to be reached in 2010:
broadly by capturing our curriculum enhancement approach and experiences in academic and professional journals. In 2009 we authored three well-received papers highlighting our work across Canada, and suggesting innovative teaching approaches and course content.
Creating a Network of Leaders
In 2009, we brought key engineering leaders together through our Global Engineering Network of Educators committee. These six engineering educators are at the forefront of integrating global engineering concepts and initiatives into their classrooms, and are important collaborators with EWB, as well as exceptional role models for engineering schools across Canada. This systematic approach to influencing Canada’s engineering schools is working. In 2009 we reached 12,000 engineering students with global engineering curriculum changes at 27 Canadian universities. In 2010, we will expand our efforts to introduce 75% of all first year engineering students in Canada to global engineering concepts. Along with our partner universities we will support pilot programs, such as global engineering courses and degree options. Our work is poised to help foster a Canadian engineering sector that is both defined by what it builds, and what positive change it creates for the world.
Engineering & Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry 16
Yu-Ling Cheng Director of the UofT Centre for Global
EWB brings a global perspective that complements engineering faculties’ technical expertise. The collaboration promises to lead to a more interdisciplinary education for engineering students, and to better link their technical education with global challenges.
Innovations in Canadian Programs
Fostering Social Entrepreneurship CONTEXT
EWB is an organisation of hundreds of social change leaders with innovative ideas. Many have the potential to drive positive social change, yet lack the financial support and mentorship necessary to move their ideas forward.
In 2009 we launched a Social Change Entrepreneurship Program to incubate and test the ideas of nine select EWB leaders. For one year, the program provides them with seed funding and ongoing capacity building from leading organisations, including McKinsey & Company.
EWB’s first group of Social Change Entrepreneurs continues to develop their ideas—including the Run to End Poverty, the youth-focused Beanstalk Project, and the ‘Development Quarterly’ publication. In the coming year, projects with impact and strong alignment to EWB’s mission have the potential to receive further investment.
Promoting Fair trade CONTEXT
Most Canadians don’t recognize the potential positive impact their daily choices can have on rural communities in Africa, and often fail to take simple actions—such as purchasing Fair Trade products—that positively contribute to opportunities for economic growth in Africa.
On March 1, 2009, our members spent the day in grocery stores and coffee shops across the country to educate Canadian consumers on the positive impact they could have just by purchasing Fair Trade products—helping change purchasing decisions and contributing to sold-out stocks of Fair Trade Certified coffee and bananas across Canada.
Working with TransFair Canada, we have developed a Fair Trade University standard. Our student chapters are working on a unified strategy to have 20 Canadian campuses with Fair Trade purchasing policies by 2012.
The effort of EWB’s members represents one of the most organised, grassroots, and geographically broad-scale Fair Trade campaigns I’ve seen in this country.
RESULTS & Future Total investment in the program to date:
Number of Social Change Entrepreneurs:
Total funds raised through the Run to End Poverty
Total number of Canadians engaged around Fair Trade in 2009:
90,000 Number of Canadians engaged around Fair Trade on March 1, 2009:
30,000 Number of EWB members that participated on March 1:
Michael Zelmer Community Relations Manager, TransFair Canada
Operational Excellence in 2009
EWB has built a reputation for generating innovative ideas and applying creative problem-solving. Yet over the years, we have learned that great ideas mean little if they are not effectively implemented. To achieve this, we maintain a strong focus on management rigor and operational support—combining private sector discipline with our passion for lasting social change. In 2009, we continued to take extensive efforts to build the strength and sustainability of EWB’s operations. We focused on three dimensions of our internal operations, each critical to the long-term effectiveness of our work.
Planning & Reporting $
People & Leadership Pipeline
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Patrick Pichette CFO, Google Inc.,
I see my involvement in EWB as an investment in Canadian leadership. It is an investment to support an idea and a cause, but more importantly it is an investment in results. EWB combines the focused pursuit of a true win-win between the ideals of a better world and real day-to-day and week-to-week impact.
Planning & Reporting EWB is not about band-aid solutionsâ€”we are committed to long-term strategies that address the root causes of persistent poverty in Africa. The nature of this approach demands deep analysis and strategic thinking to ensure that we are taking the right approach, as well as detailed monitoring to ensure that we are learning and adapting. IN AFRICA
Each of our teams in Africa developed comprehensive three years strategies to guide their work and allocate resources, as well as to indicate the critical milestones to reach along the way to 2012.
We improved reporting and planning tools for our 34 university chapters and city networks. In 2009, they reported data on 3,000 activities, providing a comprehensive picture of our footprint across Canada.
Full Time Staff
Common to all our work are the incredible contributions of EWBâ€™s volunteer network. In Canada, over 600 EWB leaders have formal job descriptions and contribute 10+ hours per week.
Their contributions are clear: EWB employs 23 full-time staff, but the cumulative contribution of our most active volunteers is equivalent to 145 full-time employees.
Full Time Staff Equivalents of Volunteer Contribution
Future Projections Meeting the goals of our teams in Africa will require a substantial increase in personnel. In 2010 alone, we plan to increase volunteer months by 30%.
2008 2009 2010 2011
383 562 761
2012 Volunteer Months in Africa
Financial Management EWB prioritizes strong financial management and disciplined spending. At $16,600 per volunteer for each 14 month placement, our volunteer sending program is among the most cost-effective in the sector.
See a detailed breakdown of volunteer costs Page 23
But financial management is about more than maintaining low costsâ€”we are dedicated to maximizing the impact of each dollar. In 2009 we went further to identify the return on our spending. We prioritized high-impact spending by phasing out two programs in Africa and narrowing our scope in Canada. We also cut fundraising activities with low return rates. 1 In 2009 we reduced our direct mail expenses by 80% and increased lower-cost online fundraising. 2 Since, total contributions and the number of individuals donating have both increasedâ€”more than replacing a decrease in direct mail contributions.
Revenue Source 2006-2009
Direct Mail Expenditures 2007-2009
In the next three years, we are focused on achieving aggressive financial growth to support the change we know is possible. By 2012, this will require that we raise double our 2009 revenues.
Online donations Contributions by mail
Planned Financial Growth 2009-2012 African Programs Canadian Programs Operational Expenses
People & Leadership Pipeline EWB’s effectiveness and impact depends on our ability to attract, engage and maintain exceptional people. In 2009 we expanded opportunities for these leaders to contribute in high responsibility and high impact roles. In Canada, we piloted national leadership teams, such as the Social Change Entrepreneurship Program, and the Youth and Corporate Engagement Teams. These teams, composed entirely of volunteers, have provided opportunities for alumni and experienced leaders to contribute in a highimpact role. In Africa, we created opportunities for career progression and professional development by adding new responsibilities and learning opportunities to second and third year volunteer placements. Pathways of Engagement
Pathways of Engagement
Professional Junior Fellow
Social Change Entrepreneur
Social Change Fellow
National Youth Engagement Team
Global Engineering Innovation Team
National Fair Trade Universities Team
Cross-Canada National Conference Team
Social Change Fellow
We will continue to remain dedicated to engaging exceptional people. In 2010 we will:
• Evaluate the success of our piloted National Leadership Teams to determine how we can improve and expand this model. • Develop resources to improve communication and connection across nationallydistributed teams, including the launch of myEWB2.0. • Continue to enhance our National Leadership Program that supports chapter leaders. • Launch a Leadership and Management Training program for EWB staff. 21
In the wake of the financial crash, 2009 was the first year in our decade-long history where EWBâ€™s revenue growth neared 0%. Given the tough financial environment, we are proud to have maintained our financial position and grateful to everyone who invested in our work. Despite the challenging environment, we remained committed to our independence. This level of independence, crucial to our innovative approach and steadfast focus on impact, is made possible by the diversified group of supporters who financially contribute to our work. Thank you for your support. In 2010, as we seek to return to our previous revenue growth rates, we will remain committed to maintaining this diversified group of funders, ensuring that we never become over reliant on any single contributor.
Revenue Growth $2,725,544 $ 2 500 000
Chapter Fundraising $564,256
$ 2 000 000
National Conference $344,053
$ 1 500 000
Government Support $515,079
$ 1 000 000
Foundation Support $391,080 Corporate Support $365,601
$ 500 000 $0
Other Income $54,287
Individual Donations $417,078
“ In 2009, for every $100 you contributed to EWB, $60 was spent directly on African programs, and $23 on Canadian programs.
For three years I have donated to EWB because I firmly believe in their ability to turn a donation into impact. EWB leverages a massive volunteer base, ensuring that the impact of every dollar donated is amplified – meaning that my donation has a disproportionately large affect where it matters most.
2009 Expenditures African Programs | 47% Canadian Programs | 18% Fundraising | 7% Management | 6%
Shayne Smith President of Wardrop Engineering, EWB Board of Directors
These activities are funded separately through the fundraising efforts of our chapters and conference team.
Chapter Activities | 8% National Conference | 14%
In 2009, 94 EWB volunteers worked in Africa—every donation to EWB goes a long way to support their work. EWB maintains one of the most cost-effective volunteer sending programs in the sector, spending approximately $16,600 per volunteer for a 14 month placement.
Volunteer Placement Costs Travel & Insurance | 32%
Monthly Stipend | 28%
Program Management | 22%
Training & Reintegration | 18% 23
Summarized Financial Statements Auditors’ Report on Summarized Financial Statements
To the Members of Engineers Without Borders (Canada) / Ingénieurs Sans Frontières (Canada) The accompanying summarized balance sheet and summarized statement of operations are derived from the complete financial statements of Engineers Without Borders (Canada) / Ingénieurs Sans Frontières (Canada), (the “Organization”) as at October 31, 2009 and for the year then ended on which we expressed a qualified opinion with respect to the completeness of donations, in our report dated December 4, 2009. The fair summarization of the complete financial statements is the responsibility of management. Our responsibility, in accordance with the applicable Assurance Guideline of The Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants, is to report on the summarized financial statements. In our opinion, the accompanying financial statements fairly summarize, in all material respects, the related complete financial statements in accordance with the criteria described in the Guideline referred to above. These summarized financial statements do not contain all the disclosures required by Canadian generally accepted accounting principles. Readers are cautioned that these statements may not be appropriate for their purposes. For more information on the Organization’s financial position, changes in fund balances, results of operations and cash flows, reference should be made to the related complete financial statements.
Chartered Accountants Licensed Public Accountants Toronto, Ontario December 4, 2009
Summarized Balance Sheets As at October 31, 2008
Current Cash Accounts Receivable Prepaid Expenses
Capital assets Intangibles
Summarized Statement of Operations
479,846 48,107 150,841
307,112 176,462 95,766
Current Accounts payable and accrued liabilities Deferred revenue Deferred revenue
Invested in capital assets Unrestricted
356,930 720,421 ON THE WEB Full audited financial statements are available online:
Year ended October 31, 2008
Government support Individual donations Foundation support National conference Corporate contributions Other income Membership fees Chapter fundraising Donations Canadian University support Other chapter income
Direct Project Costs Overseas programs Canadian programs National conference
Operating Expenses Management and general Fundraising
Excess of revenues over expenses
515,079 417,078 391,080 344,053 365,601 24,647 29,640
626,512 555,457 321,979 306,761 202,542 24,400 26,050
1,285,318 1,125,139 697,938 738,804 377,796
188,756 209,112 2,725,544 2,597,985 (74,110)
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Brian Steinke Renee Stewart Jason Stusick Andrew Sullivan Shauna Sylvester Mark Timler Tetsuo Torigai Linda van Gastel Rene Vermette Michael Volker Scott Walbridge Alan Walford Denise Walsh Rebecca Watchorn Matthew Webster Thomas Werner Paul Wheaton Brett Wheler Luanne Winchiu Leland Windreich Helen Wojcinski Janet & Ronald Wortel Diana Yenson Graeme Young Stephen Young Victor Yung $50,000 + Aeroplan Canadian International Development Agency Canadian Energy Pipeline Association R. Howard Webster Foundation Wardrop Engineering Inc. Young Fund at Hamilton Community Foundation $25,000 - $49,999 John Edward Brockhouse Patrick & Tamar Pichette Viconics Electronics Inc. $10,000 - $24,999 C U Media Inc. J.W. McConnell Family Foundation Steve Laut Manitoba Council for International Cooperation Paul O’Connor
Rocky Mountaineer Ryerson University Faculty of Engineering Paul Schreiber Shayne & Pamela Smith Tamaratt Endowment Fund at The Calgary Foundation Michael Tucker University of Toronto Engineering Society University of Western Ontario $5,000 - $9,999 AMEC Athena Resources Ltd. Bealight Foundation Capital One Services Inc. Concordia University – Dean of Engineering Consulting Engineers of Ontario Digital Rapids École Polytechnique de Montréal EnCana Corporation Mark & Jenny Guibert Honda Canada Foundation La Siembra Co-operative Inc. Brian Schofield Donald & Norma Thurston Birks Family Foundation University of British Columbia - Faculty of Applied Science University of Toronto Engineering Alumni University of Waterloo Dean of Engineering ZJ Solutions
We extend our sincere thanks to the generous donors and committed leaders who supported EWB in 2009. Your contributions have ensured that EWB will have a continued positive impact on many vibrant African communities in the coming year. McMaster University – eBay Canada École Polytechnique de Engineering Society Montréal - Département McMaster University – Office of the Dean of de Génie Mécanique Engineering Lorna Jean Edmonds Roger McMechan Judi Forbes Encana Cares Foundation Memorial University of Enermodal Engineering Newfoundland – Faculty of Engineering Environics Memorial University of Communications Inc. Newfoundland – Layne Gardner Student Affairs Jacques Gérin Gloucester North Lions Klara Michal Microsoft Giving Club Campaign James Goertz Google Matching Gifts R.V. Mistry Modu-Loc Fence Program Rentals Goto Sargent Inc. Hamilton Community Montreal Rotary Club Katharine Morrison Foundation Dr. Vernon & Margot Neis Ontario Power Aeroplan Generation Since 2006, Aeroplan and its members have Robert Penner donated more than 26 million Aeroplan Miles to PHH Petroleum EWB. Last year alone, we used 12 million miles to Consultants Ltd. get EWB volunteers where they needed to be. Ingenia Polymers Sara Prescot-Spencer Prudential Steel Ltd. Pulse Energy Queen’s University Lorne & Elsie John Besterd Applied Science Dean’s Hankinson Robert Blanchette Donation Fund Darlene Hargrove BLG Foundation Real Property Institute Hatch Group Social Rut Boots of Canada Committee Andrew & Barbara Roche Canada Dorian Hausman Brennek Rotary Club of Calgary John Healy M.G. Britton Heritage Park Anne Hill Timothy Brodhead Sam Vesta Inc. Jared Houston Robert Calderisi Nancy Saulnier Dan Hoy Canadian University of Calgary Geotechnical Society - William Ip Schulich School of Jacques Whitford Southern Ontario Engineering Stantec Ltd. Avi Caplan Shell Canada Energy Jordan Engineering Anne Chan Johann Sigurdsson Kanduit Electric Ltd. Stephen Chan T.A. Simons Louis Klinck City of Calgary Alim Somani Sharon Lazare City of Mississauga Geoffrey Spencer Vernon & Ingrid Lobo Kerry Crozier Gary Spraakman Dalhousie University - M&M Meat Shops John Steiner Faculty of Engineering Vivian and Jim Kerry Stirton Ken & Gail Damberger McFarland St. John’s Board of Trade McGill University Maury Drage $1,000 - $4,999 2Keys Corporation Andrew Peller Ltd. Anonymous Appliedcom Inc. Aspin Kemp & Associates Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan Klohn Crippen Berger
Faculty of Engineering UB Foundation University of Windsor Activities Inc. Students Alliance UPS Canada Ltd. United Way of Calgary Urban Systems Veolia Water and Area Solutions & Université Laval Technologies University of British Columbia - Engineering Will Warren Undergraduate Society The Willow Group University of Calgary – Robert van Ginkel Marla Vancoughnett Students’ Union University of Manitoba Western Ventilation University of Manitoba – Products Ltd. Sean Whitfield Agriculture Stephen Whitmore Endowment Fund University of Manitoba – Edward Wolowich XL Design Engineering Professional Endowment Fund University of Manitoba – York University – Federation of Students Students’ Union York University – University of New Brunswick - Associated School of Engineering York University – Alumni Student Centre for University of Regina Engineering Department Leadership & University of Toronto – Development Department of Chemical $250 - $999 Engineering University of Toronto Carl & Karen Abbott – Department of Civil Mark Abbott Zafer Gedeon Achi Engineering University of Toronto – Kelly Ackerman AECOM Department of Electrical & Computer Agriteam Canada Ainley Group Engineering University of Toronto Georgia Albert Chris Algeo – Department of Engineering Science Karim Allana University of Toronto Aravin Amirthalingam Anderman-Donaldson – Department of Mechanical & Industrial Family Erin Antcliffe Engineering University of Waterloo - Henry Armstrong Simon & Ann Dean of Science University of Waterloo - Armstrong Department of Chemical Howard Aronson Associated Engineering Engineering University of Waterloo - Howard Atkin Kimberley Atkinson Department of Electrical Engineering Jonathan Auld University of Windsor - David Austen Charles Bacon Alumni Association University of Windsor - Ken Balderson 27
Acknowledgements $250 - $999 (continued) Jason Balsdon Donald A. Bamford Kyle Baptista H. Douglas Barber BC Hydro - Hydrecs Fund Richard Beattie Gilbert Beaudin Johanne Belamger Patrick Belisle Bruce Bennett Chantal & Winslow Bennett Annette Berndt Greg Best BF Scientific Inc. Barbara & John Blackstock Allan Blakeney Jason Blechta Bonner Family Fund Andrew Bosiljevac BPR Energie Inc. Tom Brown Christopher Campbell Megan Campbell Melanie & Alan Campbell Murray Campbell Elizabeth Cannon John Capece Lester Card David & Kathryn Carey CH2M Hill Canada Ltd. Noel Chabot Yannick Champollion Aidan Chopra Barry Ciwko Miriam Clark Donald Clarke Lorraine Cleyn January Cohen John Cole David & Wendy Colpitts Paul Compllin Concrete Floor Contractors Association Con-Drain Company Ltd. Paul Connelly Corey Copeland 28
Sharon Freeman Ashley Court Jennifer Freudenthal & Remi Cyr Michael Rehak Richard Dagenais Cristin Frodella Rob Dales Dalhousie University - Froudes Construction Ltd. Student Union G.D. Jewell Andrea Dallas Engineering Inc. Jeff Damberger Dean & Jean Geddes Larry Davidson GENIVAR Janet Davies GeoTerre Ltd. Michelle Dawson Stephen George Francis A.K. Dear Dana Giacobbi Delphi Group Courtney Gibson Dessau Bruce Gill Kevin Dickson Dillon Consulting Ltd. Jamey Gillis Jane Glassco Guy Dionne Holly Goulding Paul Doyle Thomas Gourley Agnes Driediger Andrew Graham Arend Dronkers Jeffrey Grass Robert Duimering Markus Grupp Danielle Dupont Hans S. Haga John Durrant Aaron Hailman Susan Eastwood Ivan Hall Shehla Ebrahim École Polytechnique de Richard Hammond Montréal - Département John Hampton & Grace Frank de Génie Chimique Harbinger Foundation Bruce Edmond Jess Harding N. Murray Edwards Clifford Hargrove Sara Ehrhardt Hatch Mott David Elzinga MacDonald ENCON Group Inc. Adam Hedayat Engineers Canada Ann Heeney Havva Balevi Estelle Tom Hemsworth Margaret Evans Falcon Engineering Ltd. Julia Henrey Lawrie & Margaret Garth Fallis Henrey Basil Favis Joseph Heyinck Emily Fay Catherine Hickson Bernard Fishbein Highway Construction Andrew Fisher Inspection Ontario Inc. P. Cam Fisher Don & Cheryl Hockin Pam Fletcher Adam Hooper Judy Fountain Craig Howe Chantal Fournier Ben & Linda Hubert Rodney Fradette Derwyn Hughes Grace Frank Alan Humphries Fransen Engineering Zachary Hynes Gerald and Ignite Excellence Inc. Debra Freeman Intek Engineering James Freeman Brigid Isenor Michael and
ITE Southern Alberta Stephen Jack Bethany Jackson Nuzhat Jamal Vytas & Connie Jasinskas Marvin E. Jernigan Bill Johnson Sharon Johnson Aleks Johnston Donald Johnston Philip Jourdey Gilles Kaars Sijpesteijn Paul Kaethler Rene Kahawita Rod Karius Douglas Kemp Sheila Kerr Cheryl Khoury Timothy Kitagawa
Michael Barnstijn Sonja Macfarlane Al MacLauchlan Monica Madill Mark Magee John Magill Pierre Maheux JoAnn Majerovich Philippe Maldiney D. Jeanne Manchee Virginia May McCann Family John McClean McCormick Rankin Corporation McGill University – Engineering Undergraduate Society McGill University – Students’ Society
Wardrop Engineering was an exceptional partner in 2009. They funded 1 overseas volunteer placement, sponsored our National Conference, and ran a national campaign in Wardrop offices across Canada to engage their employees in our work. Aaron & Liz Klassen Wade Kozak Shirley Kozel Nicolas Kruchten Nadine LaCasse Janet Langdon Lori Larsen Ray Larsen Joannah Lawson Marc Lebel Kitty Lee Chi Lee Maria Lefas Dwayne Leffers Brian Legg Pierre-Elliott Levasseur Sian Little Brad Logan Lloyd Long Alex Lothian Louise MacCallum &
Mike McKone McMaster University - Department of Civil Engineering McMaster University – Department of Engineering McMaster University – Department of Mechanical Engineering McMaster University – Engineering & Society Program Memorial University of Newfoundland – Student Union Christine Meslin Ryan Michaud Rosaline Miranda David Mitchell MMM Group Ltd.
We extend our sincere thanks to the generous donors and committed leaders who supported EWB in 2009. Your contributions have ensured that EWB will have a continued positive impact on many vibrant African communities in the coming year. Dawna Monk Vanwyck Jeff Moody Flavia Morden Richard A. Morgan Brad J. Morris Colin Morrish Morrison Hershfield Ltd. Don Moulson Alan Murray Ian Myles Meghan Myles Oryst Myroniuk Christine Neilson Niagara Community Foundation Joan Nichol Ron Nichol Ryan Nicoll Kristina Nilsson Charles Nygren Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians & Technologists Nanquette Odile John Ogilvy Geoff Olsen Greg & Laurie Olsen Randi Olsen Ontario Concrete Pipe Association Ontario General Contractors Association Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Orange Pineapple Photography Tim Osmond Frederick & Helen Otto Gordon Pallett Maureen Pallett Ron Palmer Park Manor Senior School Steve Patitsas Bob & Dee Pearson Matthew Pedly Bernard Perron Sushee Perumal Peto MacCallum Ltd. JohnPaul Portelli Michael J. Primiani
Queen’s University Alma Mater Society R2EP Monty Raisinghani Rick Reichard Beth Retallack W.D. Roach Jonas Roberts David Robertson Sean Robertson David Rochelle Vlad Rojanschi David Rose Rotary Club of St. Catherines Lakeshore Sol Roter Royal City Rotary Evelyn Russell Derek Sahota Mark Salomons Schaeffer & Associates Catherine Schaap Alex W. Scheuerman Tina Schiavone Aaron Schroeder Gordon Scott Laura Seaman & Scott Kemp Elza Seregelyi Laurence Seton Sheel Shah Khalil Shariff Dev Sharma William Shaw Alex Sherman Mike & Rhu Sherrard Sherwood Forest School - Grade 5 Class Steven Simpson Sinclair-Cockburn Financial Group Jung Yeun Song Sostratus Engineering Ltd. Mike Spendlove Spriet Associates Curtis Stang Mike Stevens Edward Stewart Doug Stoneman Caitlin Storey Deb Stratas Jerry Stroobach
Brent Stuart Jason & Erin Teixeira Terraprobe Ltd. The Chance To Enhance Inc. Phillip & Barbara Jean Thorpe TransCanada Trinity Presbyterian Church Ken Trumble Bruce Tunna Chris Tworek Nauman Umar United Way of Alberta Capital Region United Way of Saskatoon and Area Université Laval – Zone Coopérative University of Toronto – Department of Materials Science Engineering University of Regina Engineering Students Society University of Regina International Students Success Office University of Waterloo - Department of Environmental Engineering University of Waterloo - Department of Mechanical/ Mechatronics Engineering University of Waterloo Engineering Society Andrew van Berkel Geneva van Dorp Rosemary Venne Bradley Virag Sheena Vivian Tasneem Wafai Bettina Wahl Donald Wallace Richard & Mona Ward Trevor Wasylyk John Watson David Weizenbach Westmontrose Farms Ltd.
Robert Wiesel Adrian Wildsmith & Linda Harlos Rhonda Workman Kathy Wright Jens Wrogemann Hai Nien Yong Stephen Young Dan Zazelenchuk Emily Zhang Jeffrey Zhang Leon Zupan
2010 Conference Sponsors
Host ($25,000) Memorial University of Newfoundland Lead ($25,000) Hatch Platinum ($20,000 - $24,999) Shell Canada Inc. Statoil Gold ($15,000 - $19,999) Bombardier Chevron Fluor Canada Wardrop Engineering Inc. Silver ($10,000 - $14,999) Enbridge Bronze ($5,000 - $9,999) GE Canada HJ O’Connell International Development and Research Centre Nalcor Energy Nexen Inc. Research in Motion Maple ($2,000 - $4,999) CH2M Hill Heritage Canada Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador Suncor Energy Pine ($500 - $1,999) City of St. John’s Newfoundland Transshipment Ltd. Pennecon Ltd.
Acknowledgements Volunteers in Africa
Thulasy Balasubramaniam Catherine Denis Troy Barrie Colleen Duncan Jon Beale Suzanne Fish Dan Beck Ashley Good Elisabeth Boily Gato Gourley Robert Borzychowski Mark Hemsworth Alex Bouchard Amanda Henry Charles Cauchon Hans Hesse Rosanne Chabot Jen Hiscock Ryan Coelho Alynne Iversen Meghan Dear Nick Jiminez
Trina Abruto Milka Anabesse Ann Armstrong Christian Beaudrie Thank you to those Annette Berndt Ben Best who contributed Sean Boots their time and Ron Britton support in 2009. Tim Brodhead Anthony Candelario Tracy Carew Adrian Chan Emmanuel Charbit Yu-Ling Cheng Nicolas Clermont Chelsea Davis Catherine Denis Maria Doyle Andrew DSouza
Jason Fang Nada Farat Min Feng Andy Fisher Alex Fox Ian Froude Joshua Gorner Danny Graham Russ Groves Alden Hadwen Joel Hilchey Anna Hopkins Binnu Jeyakumar Nick Jimenez Arani Kajenthira Nina Lothian Courtney Macauley Edwards Heather Mackenzie
Zafer Achi, Director, McKinsey & Co. J. Edward Brockhouse Founder, Brockhouse & Cooper Robert Chambers Research Associate, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex Rupert Duchesne President and CEO, Groupe Aeroplan Sakiko Fukuda-Parr Past Director, Human Development Report, UNDP
Romesh Kahawita Sarfraz Khan Eileen Knowles Arthur Kong Graham Lettner Shea Loewen Simon Michaud Wayne Miranda Aude Nanquette Noémie Paradis Megan Putnam
Enam Rabbani Ashley Raeside Etienne Renaud-Roy Mary Roach Garrett Schmidt Owen Scott Anna-Marie Silvester Jean-François Soublière Robin Stratas Shamir Tanna
Laura McGrath John Miers Daniel Miller Kristy Minor Chris Mong Heidi Morris Sandra Murre P. Alejandra Peña Lori Peter Danielle Phaneuf JohnPaul Portelli Sean Poulter Cherie Ratte Jean-Luc Riverin Scott Rutherford Khaled Saleh Salvatore Salpietro Paul Schreiber
Jane Simmons Jessica Sinclair Andy Sobchak Mike Spendlove Amy Sturge Pearl Sullivan Madavine Tom Mike Tucker Andrew Webster Justin Wheler Zaren Healey White Dr. Mark Wise Stephen Young Newfoundland Eastern District School Board Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education
David Johnston Betty Plewes President, University of Waterloo Past CEO, Canadian Council for International Co-operation Donald Johnston Secretary General, OECD John Ralston Saul Essayist and Novelist Dato’ Ir. Lee Yee Cheong Past President, World Federation Scott Rutherford of Engineering Organisations Management Consultant, Rutherford Development Strategies Maureen O’Neil President, Canadian Health Services Research Foundation Ian Smillie International Development Consultant and Author Dr. James Orbinski Past President, Médecins Sans Frontières Frances Stewart Director, Development Studies, Oxford University
Board of Directors
Mary Lynne Forestell, CA (Treasurer) Sr. Director IT Finance, Bell Canada Jacques GĂŠrin, P.Eng. Former Chair, International Institute for Sustainable Development
George Roter Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Engineers Without Borders Brian Schofield Retired Director, McKinsey & Co.
Parker Mitchell Co-Founder and Co-CEO, Engineers Without Borders
Jane Polak Scowcroft Engineer-In-Training, Wardrop Engineering Inc.
Jamaal Montasser Business Analyst, Deloitte
Shayne Smith President, Wardrop Engineering Inc.
Patrick Pichette Chief Financial Officer, Google Inc.
Don Thurston (Chair) President, Selkirk Portfolio Management Inc.
Bvekelani Nthala, the Village Chairman of Tchale, Malawi works in his maize fields, implementing the latest farming techniques to build a better life for himself, and his family. Photo: Anna-Marie Silvester
BACK COVER PHOTO: Bvekelani and his wife Dorothy proudly stand amongst the crops that they have worked so hard to cultivate near their home in Tchale, Malawi. Photo: Anna-Marie Silvester
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