Newsletter #11: ‘Tis really the season

10258178_10153143787322952_482421680148947090_n** Newsletter #11: ‘Tis really that season————————————————————

And you thought only Starbucks was getting a head-start on the holiday season…this year’s edition of the EWB holiday campaign will be launched tomorrow!  The theme of this year’s campaign is “We Are EWB” and can be found at This theme reminds me that it really is motivated, questioning, and optimistic members that drives the systemic change that the organization is able to make.  You will be able to create your own campaign starting this Monday and share what make you EWB.

On another note, what we all know as the myEWB website will be moved onto a new platform, Taking it Global.   You will be able to access this new platform for building online engagement and activism on Monday after 14:00.


This Monday’s chapter meeting will be held at 17:30 in The Cellar (Architecture Lounge, basement of Macdonald Harrington Building). This week’s meeting will host several breakout corners as follows:
– Global Engineering will be brainstorming ideas for what we want Global Engineering Week to look like and what we want the impact to be (GE week is tentatively being held next semester in March).
– The Invested Partnerships teams wants your input on promoting the latest holiday campaign.
–  Personal coaching:  Widely used among EWBers, coaching is an important part of leadership development . Come learn about coaching methods and brainstorm ideas for holding a coaching program at our chapter

Global Engineering is having their last meeting of the semester this Tuesday.  The team will be finishing up discussions about next semester’s projects and seeing what still needs to be done in preparation for next semester.

The Fair Trade team will be continuing its planning for next semester on Thursday at 17:00.

Last week, three facilitators of the youth engagement team went to MIND highschool to facilitate a workshop on identifying privileges, values and assumptions that shape the way we see the world. The students will be writing about their reflections and how this workshop influenced them in their personal logs.Now that the students understand more about the systemic nature of social issues and have questioned their assumptions and identified what is important to them, our next meeting at MIND will aim at identifying what issue they would like to address so they can take their first steps in becoming young actors of social change!

If you have any thoughts on activities to stimulate thoughtful reflection or tips to effectively facilitate a brainstorming activity, feel free to email us at or pass by our meeting in the Engineering Common Room this Wednesday at 17:30. We will be elaborating on the structure of the next workshop!

Last week’s Development Drinks was a success; thanks to all who came! We’ll be doing it again this coming Thursday, November 21st at 8:00pm at McKibbins. We’ll be talking about EWB‘s emerging role in the extractives industry, and there may or may not be a special guest from EWB‘s national office to add to the conversation. New old members are welcome, and we hope to see you there!
If there’s a particular topic you’re interested in or conversation you’d like to have, fill out this form with your suggestions or ideas. It can be anything – an article you read, a TED talk you watched, some thematic questions you have – the idea is to provide an informal space to learn from each other,think critically and, oh yeah, enjoy ourselves. :)

McGill’s SEP (Sustainable Engineering Practice Group) is going to present its very first discussion QA panel of the year. Come and hear about our featured speaker’s opinions on the sustainability of mining in addition to some technologies and practices aimed at mitigating the harmful effects of mining.  The discussion will be happening in McConnell 11 from 18:30 – 21:00 on Tuesday, November 19th.

MICLA, McGill’s Research Group Investigating Canadian Mining in Latin America, Amnesty International and Journalists for Human Rights are proud to present a panel discussion and Q A on Canada’s Future in the Extractive Industry in Latin America: Exploring Corporate Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development. We will be discussing the role of the Canadian government through regulation and legislation, conflict prevention, the role NGO’s can play in community development, transparency initiatives, the effectiveness of voluntary, soft law initiatives, Indigenous rights, implications of the Hudbay Minerals case, human rights abuses, the path towards sustainable development, and what role international governance and bodies plays. The panel will be held in Leacock 232 on Thursday, November 21st from 18:00 – 21:00. The panel discussion will be followed by a wine and cheese event! Admission is free.

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