/R E P E A T/ - Media Invitation - From January 16 to the 20th, Engineers Without Borders Canada will attract 700 leaders to the Montreal conference. The keynote address will be given by Ralph Nader; other global experts on international development will also be speaking. A massive public demonstration is also scheduled against Canada's foreign tied aid policy



    MONTREAL, Jan. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - From January 16 to the 20th, over
700 professionals, student leaders, and leading international development
thinkers and practitioners all across Canada will arrive in Montreal, Quebec,
as Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal hosts the 7th annual Engineers Without
Borders National Conference.

    
                     7th Annual EWB National Conference
                             January 16- 20, 2008
                      Hotel Hilton Bonaventure Montreal
                          www.conference2008.ewb.ca

    The schedule for this year's Engineers Without Borders (EWB) conference is
packed with high-energy workshops, panel discussions, and keynote addresses.
Speakers include Ralph Nader, a political activist and former US Presidential
candidate, along with global experts in international development. EWB
conference delegates will have the opportunity to discover their potential as
leaders in the development community and will learn to apply their know-how
skills to drive social change in Canada and overseas. The National Conference
will also give Montreal professionals (engineers and non-engineers) the
opportunity to discover international development issues and learn how they
can leverage their influence to make a positive difference.

    On January 17, delegates will take part in a massive public event to
demonstrate the ineffectiveness of Canada's foreign aid. The 700 delegates
will have a very important mission - to assemble in front of the Federal
Government Building (Complexe Guy-Favreau) located on René Levesque Blvd., to
speak out against Canada's tied aid. During this time, Zuruba's traditional
Afro-Brazilian music will keep the crowd moving, if not dancing.

    On January 18, the public is invited to attend Ralph Nader's keynote
address. Drawing on his remarkable past achievements in the arenas of politics
and social justice, Mr. Nader will illustrate how each individual can make a
difference. Nader's address will follow the central panel discussion examining
the significance of the nearly $4 billion Canada spends annually on foreign
aid. Renowned panelists include John Watson, past president and CEO of CARE
Canada (1987-2007), Robert Calderisi, author of The Trouble with Africa: Why
Foreign Aid Isn't Working, and Ian Smillie, development expert and author of
Mastering the Machine. Their discussion will focus on how Canada's foreign aid
can become more effective. Immediately following the panel, Shauna Sylvester,
founder of Canada's World and a Fellow at Simon Fraser University, will also
deliver a speech. The public can purchase tickets at www.ewb.ca/nader.

    The media is invited to attend the entire conference. Some exceptional
media opportunities include:

        - January 17 at 9:30pm (200, Boul. René-Lévesque West): Massive
          public outreach event with over 700 delegates doing their part to
          untie Canadian aid.

        - January 18 from 3:45pm to 5:45pm (900 de la Gauchetière West, Main
          Room): Panel on the $4 billion dollar question followed by Ralph
          Nader's keynote address.

    You will also have the opportunity to interview students and engineers
that have participated in humanitarian projects overseas. For more details on
the 7th annual EWB National Conference, please visit:
www.conference2008.ewb.ca

    WHAT :
    7th Annual EWB National Conference

    WHEN :
    January 16-20, 2008

    WHERE :
    Hotel Hilton Montreal Bonaventure
    900, rue de la Gauchetière West
    Montreal (QC) Canada H5A 1E4
    




For further information:

For further information: Sadia Arshad, Communications Coordinator,
Engineers Without Borders National Conference 2008, (514) 467-9816,
sadia.arshad@polymtl.ca


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