George Roter

George Roter

Co-founder and Volunteer
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny."
--Martin Luther King
About George 

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, and loves getting out into the world to talk about EWB and the ideas and values the organization embodies.

Why are you here? 

"My "why" is the moral imperative that each person, regardless of their luck of birth, has the opportunity to make choices that they value, for their lives, their family's lives and their community."

For George, Sub-Saharan Africa represents, on the one hand, staggering poverty, broken systems of support and continued distorted, power-laden interactions, and on the other, the entrepreneurial dynamism, hope, diversity and richness of culture and community.

EWB is the organization that has both shaped his understanding of how change happens and brought together a group of people who he calls the most thoughtful, most ambitious and most inspiring he's ever met.

The Numbers 
# of Late Night Question and Answer Sessions60
National Conferences attended12
Q: Favorite TED Talk? [+] Show Answer
Chimimanda Adichie - The Danger of a Single Story This talk is one of the greatest I've watched at illuminating the fundamental connection between self-understanding and agency, and broader issues of justice. [-] Hide Answer