Celebrating two of our most inspiring partners

At EWB, we are privileged and excited to have within our community amazing Canadian corporate leaders.

They are passionate business leaders and entrepreneurs, dedicated volunteers, and tireless champions for change.

At xChange 2016, we were thrilled to recognize and celebrate two of our most inspiring and longstanding supporters: Sandra Murre of Jordan Engineering (pictured above) and Alden Harwen of AIMIA.

Sandra is a CEO, entrepreneur and community leader who founded a unique and growing engineering firm in Ontario. In her words, her firm and EWB have sort of grown up together.

Over the last decade, she has contributed hundreds of hours to strengthening EWB’s operations and internal processes, sharing lessons learned from Jordan and helping adapt them for EWB. She has offered her time–up to a day a week in 2015–mentorship, financial support, and even opened her home to EWB staff last summer to host our staff retreat, with unlimited flip charts, Post-It notes, and snacks—not a decision taken lightly!

In every action she takes, she demonstrates a commitment to social change and leadership in her field.

Alden has made it possible for hundreds of EWBers—staff, Junior Fellows, Long-Term Fellows, Kumvana Fellows—to get to their placements; that travel is a critical part of making our work possible, and Alden ensures it’s accessible. She led the charge to establish EWB’s first corporate partnership with Aeroplan and AIMIA when our organization was still in our infancy.

She has championed EWB for more than a decade, ensuring through donations of Aeroplan Miles that EWBers get where they need to be to to create the change we aspire to. Through this partnership, EWB has received over 49 million Aeroplan Miles—the equivalent of roughly $1 million, or more than 500 flights. Before our conference, she told our staff,

I wear my EWB ring as a founding influencer every day—so heartfelt is my support.

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