University of Calgary

EWB co-founder speaks

Feb. 25, 2009

Engineers Without Borders co-founder celebrates student excellence

George Roter, co-CEO of Engineers Without Borders, will give the keynote address at the Schulich School of Engineering’s Student

George Roter, co-CEO of Engineers Without Borders, will give the keynote address at the Schulich School of Engineering’s Student Excellence Awards.
George Roter, co-CEO and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), is the keynote speaker at the Feb. 25 2009 Student Excellence Awards hosted by the Schulich School of Engineering. This annual event matches student recipients of engineering bursaries and scholarships with the donors who made the awards possible. It recognizes the valuable contributions of donors and the impact they have on the education of future engineers.

Roter will give the keynote address entitled, Love, Loss and the Road Less Traveled. His speech will inspire future engineers to make the world a better place. Roter has spent most of the past decade driving social change within Canada and abroad and is recognized as a Canadian leader in the non-profit sector.

Roter received a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo and co-founded EWB in 2000. EWB mobilizes engineers in the fight against global poverty, taking advantage of their unique problem-solving abilities to help people in developing countries gain access to technologies and training that will improve their lives.

In 2001, Time magazine featured Roter as a member of Canada’s next generation of social leaders. He was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (2005) and received the Public Policy Forum’s Leaders for the Future Award (2007).

The EWB chapter at the University of Calgary is one of the largest in Canada. It was founded in 2001 by U of C engineering alumnus David Damberger.