Getting to Know Our New CEO

Effective today, August 15, 2014, Boris Martin officially becomes the new CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada. In his new position, Boris will be responsible for EWB’s overall strategy, direction and operations.

For the past 2 years, Boris led EWB’s strategic and operational transformation—including an operational shift from running programs to investing in ventures, establishing a new Vision and articulating a 5-year strategic direction as VP Strategy and Investment.

Prior to this role, Boris served as EWB’s co-Director of African Programs, Director of West Africa Programs, and Team Leader in Burkina Faso. He has been a volunteer with EWB since 2002, full-time in Burkina Faso from 2007 to 2008, and in a variety of roles in Canada, including Chapter President at McMaster University. He has truly contributed to every corner of EWB for over a decade.

Boris has completed a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo, and holds a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from McMaster University.

Boris is based in Toronto, Ontario with his partner Alanna Peters and their two children, Kyan and Anika.

To learn more about our new CEO, check out his induction letter.

Venture Spotlight: WatSan


Earlier in 2014, EWB Calgary made an endeavour to help create effective and sustainable rural Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) services in Africa. How did we do this? By contributing $7,000 to EWB’s Water & Sanitation (WatSan) venture in Malawi. 

What is EWB’s Water & Sanitation venture? WatSan works across Malawi to shift the rural Water and Sanitation Hygiene sector from projectized approaches to a service-delivery model, where services are delivered by permanent institutions. By doing so, WatSan ensures that all community members receive access to clean water. 

Not only does WatSan streamline water services through engaging stakeholders and finances over a long-term timeline, the venture also educates communities on the importance of continued access to clean water. 

Thanks to EWB’s Water & Sanitation venture, Malawi community members have gained effective and sustainable water and sanitation hygiene services. 

Want to learn more about how we’re bringing clean water to Africa? Check out the WatSan web page