Staying In Touch with our Junior Fellows in Africa!

Hello EWB USask,

I hope you are enjoying the summer heat! I wonder what the temperature is in Ghana…and in Malawi….???

There is now an easy way to find out.

Brett Smith is the University of Saskatchewan Junior Fellow currently working in Ghana with Kulemela Investments, a social impact investing firm that invests in mid-size African agricultural businesses to help them utilize excess capacity and develop their local economies.

I spoke with Brett last week, and he said that he would love to hear from people back home in Canada. You may reach him on his smartphone in Ghana at +233.242.447.939 and his email is Brett has a blog at , a Twitter  feed at and he also has whatsapp. So let’s send the Canada love!


James Wattam is the University of Saskatchewan Junior Fellow currently working in Malawi with the Water and Sanitation Team of Engineers Without Borders. For more information about WatSan see his blog, or better yet call James!

James’ mobile number when calling from Canada is 00265998779371 and his email is James has a blog at  and a twitter feed at James has said that the best time to call from Canada is between 11 am and 1 pm Saskatchewan time, when it is evening in Malawi. This is likely similar for Brett.

Both James and Brett are heading into their last, most intense month of their placements. This is a time when it is especially important for them to know that the chapter is behind them all the way. Whether it is sending them an email, a text message, commenting on their blogs, or calling them, I know from my experience as a JF that it always brightens the day to know that someone in Canada is thinking about you.

Enjoy the sun!


Team Leader Applications for 2013-2014 School Year

Hello all!

It is that time of year again, where we bring this school year to a close and start laying the foundations for a fantastic year next year. Naturally, this begins with defining the official leaders of the coming year’s teams.

With our new chapter team-based structure, anyone can easily join a chapter venture team and get to work. However, every team needs a leader to be accountable for team functioning and to keep things on track.

Please fill out the attached team leader application form, and email it back to Alanna at by 11:59 PM on Friday April 5th.

The attached application role lists the various teams which have existed within EWB in the past or which exist currently. If you are interested in starting a new team, feel free to submit a team leader application for that team. 

The roles within the chapter for the coming year will be finalized at our Turnover Retreat happening at 6 pm on Saturday, April 6th in the SESS office. All are welcome and strongly encouraged to attend! An effort will be made to keep the retreat as effective and efficient as possible in order to facilitate studying for finals.

As Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world”.


Alanna Howell


Staying Connected While at Conference

Hello all! 

From Friday, January 10th to Monday January 14th, the Engineers Without Borders National Conference will be taking place in Calgary, Alberta, and several people from the USask chapter will be attending. 

In order to facilitate sharing of learning and ideas, as well as provide a chance for those at home to ask questions related to Conference discussion, I present: 

“Conference 2013 Sharing of Question, Insights, Ideas and Awesomeness!”

It is a Google doc ?which provides a platform on which EWBers associated with the USask chapter can connect and share.

Check out the doc at

Hope to see your ideas and questions!