Hundreds of engineering students to 'freeze' in Toronto to advance fair trade

    WATERLOO, ON, Jan. 15 /CNW/ - Hundreds of socially-active engineering
students from across Canada, including the University of Waterloo, will raise
public awareness about the fair trade movement at a special event in downtown
Toronto as part of the Engineers Without Borders National Conference to be
held Jan. 21-24.
    More than 600 students will temporarily freeze into a pose to draw public
attention to the cause on Thursday, Jan 22 at 6:45 p.m. in an area bounded by
Spadina, Church, Bloor and Front streets. Engineers Without Borders is a
non-governmental organization devoted to international development.
    "We will be divided into small groups and orchestrate a simultaneous
'freeze' throughout the downtown core," said Catherine Denis, communications
co-ordinator and a UW engineering student. "We will help passersby understand
how they can contribute to a better life for people in developing communities
by consuming fair trade certified products."
    Fair trade is an alternative system of international trade which focuses
on fair compensation, proper working conditions, sustainable agriculture and
local economic growth.
    Speakers at the eighth annual EWB conference include Jim Balsillie,
co-CEO of Research In Motion and founder of the Centre for International
Governance Innovation, and Neil Turok, executive director of the
Waterloo-based Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and founder of the
African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. A number of renowned social
entrepreneurs, development workers, authors and politicians will also be
involved with the event.
    Delegates will discover their potential as leaders in the development
community and learn to apply their skills to drive social change in Canada and
overseas. It will be held at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre
in Mississauga. For more information, visit
    The conference will allow professionals -- engineers and non-engineers
alike -- to discover international development issues and learn how they can
leverage their influence to make a positive difference.
    With 33 chapters across the country, EWB aims to build a world of
opportunity, specifically in rural Africa. For further details, go to

For further information:

For further information: Catherine Denis, communications co-ordinator,
Engineers Without Borders National Conference 2009, (226) 868-1943 or; Zacharia Jama, media relations director, Engineers
Without Borders National Conference 2009, (519) 573-5172 or; John Morris, UW media relations, (519) 888-4435 or

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