George Roter

George Roter has been recognized as one of Canada's leaders in the non-profit sector and believes that Canadians are passionate about driving social change. George co-founded Engineers Without Borders (EWB) along with Parker Mitchell as a movement of engineers driven to create meaningful and lasting opportunities for Africans by tackling the root causes of why poverty persists. EWB envisions a world where the next generation of Africans will have the same opportunities as Canadians today. George continues to serve as co-CEO and EWB has earned its place as one of Canada's most respected international development organizations. EWB has created an approach to building capacity for bottom-up innovation in African organizations, which allows these institutions to prototype, pilot and scale impactful programs. EWB has had over 500 staff and volunteers working on agriculture, rural infrastructure and water and sanitation, focusing on 4 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. The organization works with 20 organisations which serve over 2.5 million community members. In Canada, EWB engages 50,000 members and 3,000 active volunteers at 35 chapters who, with their actions and voices, work to promote the idea that lasting change in Africa will stem not from charity, but from helping foster opportunity. Since 2000, EWBers have spoken to 1,000,000 Canadians in-person, delivered workshops to 125,000 high school students, successfully pushed an aid effectiveness agenda that the government has now adopted, and have raised over $10million for international development. EWB designed global engineering curriculum is running at 20 Universities, reaching 50% of all Canadian undergraduate engineering students. George is a frequent speaker at conferences and events across North America. He was has been awarded the Young Leaders Award from the Public Policy Forum (2007) and has been named as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 (2005). He was awarded a prestigious Action Canada Fellowship (2004) on public policy, in addition to other EWB related awards from the Canadian Bureau for International Education (2002), and the University of Waterloo (2000). He has been featured by Time magazine as one of Canada's next generation of social leaders (2001), and has appeared on television, radio and in numerous print publications across the country. George holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Waterloo (1999) and a Bachelor of Applied Studies (Honorary) from Seneca College (2009). When he is only indirectly creating social change, George spends time with his amazing wife Sari Stillman and golden retriever Coel, and would like to think they can all be found paddling their Old Towne canoe down the French River.