Open Letter: “As the one at fault, EWB does not get to decide when it’s over.”

  *This letter was submitted by Todd Phillips, a former EWB member and chapter president. We concur with Todd in all that he writes, and especially when he states, "I call on the chapters and leadership, past and present, to take responsibility for what happened and to tell the truth."   November 12th, 2020 To … Continue reading Open Letter: “As the one at fault, EWB does not get to decide when it’s over.”

Former Director Prateek Awasthi admits he helped EWB cover up abuse

  We just announced we were closing down the project, but we wanted to share some recent media coverage related to harassment cover-ups at Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). First, we've heard EWB's founder and former CEO George Roter is currently suspended from the Ontario Liberal Party after our recent podcast and this story in … Continue reading Former Director Prateek Awasthi admits he helped EWB cover up abuse

Podcast E5: “Ontario Liberals Cover Up Sexual Harassment”

*Podcast also available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. SUMMARY Sam Nami, ex-President of the UofT Scarborough Young Liberals, talks about the resistance he faced trying to get the Ontario Liberal Party to address sexual harassment within their ranks.  Fake investigations by friendly insiders, assailants receiving promotions, bullying, racism, and organizational silence are … Continue reading Podcast E5: “Ontario Liberals Cover Up Sexual Harassment”

Open Letter regarding EWB’s unsafe work environments and mistreatment of employees, volunteers, and partners

*the following letter was submitted to the Total System Failure team by an EWB alum, and we really appreciate that they took the time to offer this public support. We welcome letters, submissions, or opinion pieces from the alumni network of EWB (or related organizations), and would love for more people speak up about these … Continue reading Open Letter regarding EWB’s unsafe work environments and mistreatment of employees, volunteers, and partners

Legal Support for Victims of EWB

  Due to the increasing volume of disclosures of violent and discriminatory incidents at EWB, both historical and recent, we have arranged for legal support for any ex- or current EWB staff/ volunteers (including staff or residents in countries where EWB works) who would like to set up a free consultation. This also helps the … Continue reading Legal Support for Victims of EWB

Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

*Podcast available on googleplay, iTunes, and podcast apps like Castbox. WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good CW: abuse, institutional violence SUMMARY Aakhil Lakhani and Chelsey Rhodes, two of the co-organizers of Total System Failure, talk about the WE Charity scandal and draw comparisons with EWB.  They refer to Boris Martin (above … Continue reading Podcast Episode 4: “WE, EWB, and Doing Harm by Trying to Do Good”

Is EWB working in African countries illegally?

  Another anonymous whistleblower has contacted the Total System Failure team regarding Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB), an international development NGO based in Toronto. They have suggested that EWB has a practice of using illegal tourist visas to work in African countries such as Kenya and Ghana. The anonymous person submitted the following: "You should … Continue reading Is EWB working in African countries illegally?

Former EWB staff denounces CEO Boris Martin, calls for him to be fired

  An anonymous former staff member has blown the whistle on toxic management at Toronto-based development NGO, Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB). They submitted the following to the Total System Failure team: I want current exec/Board at EWB to know: "Boris Martin [EWB's CEO] needs to be fired. He is incompetent and wasting donor dollars." … Continue reading Former EWB staff denounces CEO Boris Martin, calls for him to be fired

Audio of Chelsey Rhodes’ Phone Call with EWB Board, June 13 2019

Below you will find an audio recording of a phone call that took place on June 13, 2019, with Chelsey Rhodes and Alex Fox speaking to the following representatives from the Board of Directors of Engineers Without Borders (EWB): Rebecca Kresta (Board chair) and Manissa Patel (Board member). Content Warning: the call contains strong language, … Continue reading Audio of Chelsey Rhodes’ Phone Call with EWB Board, June 13 2019

You Can’t Report a System to Itself: Notes on a Collective Failure

*by Chelsey Rhodes, March 8, 2020 A big thank you to the rest of my team, the wonderful Alex, Aakhil, and Johnny, who were endlessly supportive, strategic, and brave. Thanks also to those who donated, spoke up, wrote letters, started boycotts, called for resignations, sent kind encouragement, exited the organization in protest, and signed on … Continue reading You Can’t Report a System to Itself: Notes on a Collective Failure