Shop Days

Every 8 weeks,  EWB Toronto hosts a Shop Day where we seek to combine learning, community, and action. Attendees get a chance to learn more about a wide variety of international development topics and see how EWB and other organizations are taking action on these challenges. Shop Days are open to everyone, EWB members and non-members alike.

Shop Days 2016

The Roundtable Discussion Shop Day

August 2016

For our first shop day of the summer, the EWB Toronto Pro Chapter hosted a roundtable discussion on the challenges in international work.  The discussion was facilitated by Chapter Members Brian Putre and Amira Nayed, and many interesting topics were covered over the course of a few hours.  Some discussions included the efficiency of monetary investments into international development; aligning the supply and demand for human resources; and the extent to which development organizations should focus on economic growth in developing countries.  The purpose of the roundtable discussion was not to walk away with tangible outcomes or learnings, but rather to get attendees thinking about the different challenges and ways they might be addressed, to help broaden one another’s perspectives, and to encourage reflection over the coming days and weeks.  The shop day was well-attended and there was lots of interest and participation.  It was held in a relaxed setting and also featured snacks, refreshments, and networking opportunities.

Evolving Engineering Shop Day

August 2016

Join us for the EWB Toronto Professional Chapter’s upcoming workshop on Saturday August 20th 2016!  This will be a great opportunity to meet our team as well as others in the EWB community, and learn about what our Chapter does.

This upcoming event will be a workshop centered on Evolving Engineering.  Do you think often about what our world might look like in the future?  Are you interested in exploring the roles the engineering profession might play in helping shape the future?  Are you curious about the the links between engineering and society?  If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you will enjoy the workshop and the discussions to follow!  There will be plenty of interaction in large and smaller groups, and it promises to be an invigorating afternoon.

And of course, there will be plenty of networking opportunities, coffee, and refreshments.  We are also happy to discuss other initiatives our Chapter is putting on, as well as ways you might get involved.

To help recover our costs and to ensure we are able to continue putting on quality events going forward, we are requesting a small donation from each attendee. (suggested amount: $5)

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) – 40 Sheppard Ave W #101, Toronto, Ontario M2N 6K9, Canada – View Map

Rent To Own Venture Shop Day

April 2016

Join us for EWB Toronto Professional Chapter’s upcoming shop day on Saturday April 2nd 2016. This will be a great opportunity to meet our team and learn about what our chapter does. This shop day is focused on EWB’s Rent to Own venture, RtO sells productive or cost-saving assets to rural Zambians (farmers, shopkeepers) on a hire-purchase model. The day will start with an overview of EWB and our chapter, introduction to RtO venture, a dedicated bit on human-centred design and training, and will finish up with a group activity that works on improving training materials that are being used to train clients on general business skills.

And of course, there will be plenty of networking opportunities and coffee all along. We will also be discussing future chapter events and ways for you to get involved in the chapter.

Donations are welcomed.

How to find us:

Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) – Room 1C
40 Sheppard Ave W #101, Toronto, ON M2N 6K9

Past Shop Days

Innovation Out Of Poverty Shop Day
May 2015

User Experience (UX) design puts people at the centre of the design process, with the aim of generating products and services that are more widely used, have a greater impact, and remain relevant over a longer period of time. In this interactive workshop designed by Little Cloud Collective, we used the UX design process in tackling challenges that are often encountered by overseas ventures that aim aim to improve education, medical, and sanitation standards.

We also had Sasha from our Advocacy Team speaking about EWB’s #PoliticsAside campaign, which aims to bring Canada’s development funding back to its historic peak of 0.34% of Gross National Income and beyond. 

Water Scarcity Shop Day
February 2015

Water scarcity is the lack of sufficient available water resources to meet the demands of water usage within a region. It affects every continent around the world. Approximately 1.2 billion people, or almost one-fifth of the world’s population, live in areas of physical scarcity. Water scarcity is both a natural and a human-made phenomenon; there is enough freshwater on the planet for seven billion people but it is distributed unevenly and too much of it is wasted, polluted and unsustainably managed.

On February 21st we hosted a Shop Day on Water Systems. Our Chapter explored the complex mosaic of socio-economic, technological, cultural, and geopolitical factors that are involved in global water systems. The event featured prominent speakers such as Dr. Khosrow Farahbakhsh, along with a fun, interactive workshop hosted by out Water For The World team. 

Corporate Social Responsibility Shop Day
November 2014


This afternoon-long event featured three expert speakers and a fun workshop on social ‘intrapreneurship’. Dr. Lotfi Belkhir, Wayne McPhee and Dr. Chris MacDonald introduced us to different aspects of corporate sustainability. The discussion ranged from the role of entrepreneurs in enacting social change, the ‘innovation imperative’ and CSR projects that have gone awry and how to avoid the same fate. The Shop Day also featured a workshop led by Matthieu Bister of Engineers Without Borders on how we can be more entrepreneurial within our own workplaces and lives.

For a great summary of the event, be sure to check out this excellent blog post by Seher Shafiq.

Agriculture and Food Systems
September 2014

During our first Shop Day of the year, we learned more about Agriculture and Food Systems from prominent guest speakers such as Dr. Reginald Noble (Ryerson’s Centre for Food Security Studies), Dhaval Bhavsar (EWB Global Distributed Team) and Dr. Haroon Akram-Lohdi (Professor at the Department of International Development Studies, Trent University).

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