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Meet the CEO and Co-Founder of Engineers Without Borders

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Brainstorm ideas to change the world with George

George's life work is to tackle, headlong, the world’s most complex problems by unlocking the potential of millions to take action on social justice. Do you have an idea just as audacious? Chat with George about it and see where it might lead. For George, it led to 15 years at the helm of one of Canada’s largest social movements tackling global poverty. This is a group session that will take place at EWB's offices in Toronto.

George Roter has been recognized as one of Canada’s leaders in the non-profit sector and in 2004 was named one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40

George co-founded Engineers Without Borders (EWB) 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 is an advocate of universal human dignity and the human side of engineering. Through the hundreds of institutions and entrepreneurs that EWB has either created or enabled, EWB has now serve tens of millions of people in rural Sub-Saharan Africa. EWB is Canada’s largest advocacy network on international development issues, and is seen as a thought-leader in multiple fields, working with policy-makers and politicians to advance a development agenda based on effectiveness and greater social justice.

Additionally, thousands of young leaders in Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa have had transformative experiences through EWB, and have gone on to study at the best schools globally, started their own ventures and worked in leading businesses and institutions globally. George has personally attracted and managed top-talent to a staff (paid and unpaid) that has grown to nearly 150 people across 6 countries, plus a footprint of 36 chapters run by hundreds of volunteer leaders and engaging tens of thousands of Canadians and Africans. He also led fundraising efforts that have brought in over $30 million, primarily from corporate, business leader and individual donors.

Roter received a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo and left part-way through his master's degree to focus full-time on Engineers Without Borders. His area of research was orthopaedic tribology, particularly studying hip implants under John B. Medley.

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George delivers a Talk at TEDxToronto 2011 on the theme of Redefining Poverty.

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, George studied mechanical and biomedical engineering at the University of Waterloo before co-founding Engineers Without Borders Canada with Parker Mitchell in 2000. George 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 brings energy and creativity to EWB's vision and strategy as a member of the Executive Team, and loves getting out into the world to talk about EWB and the ideas and values the organization embodies.

Growing up in a household that encouraged debate, civic participation and volunteerism, George became adept at inquiry and analysis at a young age. He had positive role models in his father, who was engaged in the nuclear disarmament movement, and his mother, who provided assistance to community members, such as youth escaping abuse or individuals living with AIDS, by welcoming them into the family home.

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Bidders on this auction must be able to get themselves to Toronto in order to receive their reward. The meeting with George will occur in late July.

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Brainstorm ideas to change the world with George

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