The EWB National Conference is Canada's largest annual International Development conference. Held every year at different Universities, it attracts over 700 student leaders, professional engineers, and development experts to explore Canada's role, and our individual role,in the complex challenge of global poverty.

The Conference is a crucial part of EWB's learning and leadership opportunities. Delegates attend to grow their knowledge and leadership skills, build lasting networks with other global citizens, and listen to influential speakers such as:

  • Stephen Lewis (UN Special Envoy to Africa - 2004 Conference)
  • Lloyd Axworthy (former Minister of Foreign Affairs - 2005 Conference) ,
  • Robert Chambers (international development author - 2006 Conference) ,
  • Lt. General Roméo Dallaire (Force Commander of the United Nations Mission to Rwanda - 2006 Conference), and
  • the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean (Governor General of Canada - 2007 Conference).

This year's conference will be hosted by the Waterloo Chapter and held in Mississauga, Ontario. This year the U of S Chapter hopes to send 25 delegates (an increase on the 19 we sent last year).

Last year we brought with us several amazing 1st-year and 2nd-year students, all of who have gone on to assume huge leadership roles in the Chapter. It's a fantastic 3 days to dive deeper in than you've ever been, and you won't leave the same.

Delegates will be responsible for their travel costs (although we're looking into the possibility of a cheap deal on a train trip together...), and the chapter hopes to fundraise to cover the costs of the registration and lodging.

For more information on the conference, check out


If you want to go (Yes You DO!), download the easy, super-retro application form.

Please return applications to the co-presidents ( or Tyler Beatty ( Please DO NOT register online on myEWB until we contact you about a "coupon code" to make it cheaper.


There is also funding available to cover registration fees and even a bit of travel-cost sponsorship available.  For more information, read the application for registration fee reimbursement and travel subsidies.