National Conference

The EWB National Conference is Canada’s largest annual international development conference. Held annually in January or February, it brings together hundreds of student leaders and professional engineers from across the country to explore and discuss the complexity of international development.

In the past, our delegates have been challenged and inspired by speakers such as Stephen Lewis (UN Special Envoy to Africa) in 2004, Lloyd Axworthy (former Minister of Foreign Affairs) in 2005, Robert Chambers (international development author) and Lt. General Roméo Dallaire (Force Commander of the United Nations Mission to Rwanda) in 2006, The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean (Governor General of Canada) in 2007, and Ralph Nader (US political activist) in 2008.

The 2013 conference was held in Calgary, AB, with approximately 700 students, professional, politicians, and international development workers in attendance  Information on the theme, workshops on offer, and sponsors can be found at For information on all of the past conferences, going back to 2002, feel free to visit and Past locations include Ottawa, Toronto, St. Johns, Montreal, Vancouver, and Waterloo.

The 2014 conference, with the theme “RETHINK”, was held in Toronto, ON. , Look for updates at
The 2015 conference, entitled “Unite to Unlock” was held in Montreal, QC. Information from that event can be found at
The 2016 conference will take place in Toronto, ON. Stay tuned for updates.

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