Engineers in Action

The Pitch

Help McGill Engineers in Action empower students and serve isolated communities around the world by building footbridges.

The Highlights

  • Help us connect isolated communities to essential services like healthcare, education, and markets by literally bridging gaps.
  • Create an opportunity for students to gain real-world experience by engaging in the design and construction of suspended bridges.
  • Help students develop leadership skills and gain a global perspective that will stay with them for the rest of their lives.

The Story

Engineers in Action (EIA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and well-being of communities in developing countries. EIA connects hundreds of students with professional engineers and global partners to support development of essential infrastructure in isolated communities worldwide.

Because we share EIA’s vision of a world where everyone has access to essential services, we decided to create the first student chapter of Engineers in Action in Quebec here at McGill University. Our group strives to undertake a building project each year and provide students with practical experience in design and construction by holding workshops and offering specialized training. Your support can help us make this happen!

This summer, we aim to complete our first bridge building project with the University of Colorado Boulder in Mathangeni, Eswatini. The main goal of the new bridge will be to serve 600 people in the communities of Mathangeni and MGululu by providing access to schools, clinics, and markets. Your gift will help cover the cost of the project, including procurement and transport of materials, technical and operational support, and project labor. With your help, we can build our first bridge and change the lives of many. If the fundraising goal for this campaign is not met, funds will be held for use on another bridge project in the upcoming year.

Meet the Project Team: 
Leïlah Yadia Kelly Sory
  • Third-Year Civil Engineering Student
  • President and Bridge Project Manager
  • People say I am a globe-trotter because I have traveled to 4 continents during the last 6 months.
Tarek Abou-Sleiman
  • Third-Year Civil Engineering Student
  • Vice-President Media and Safety Manager
  • I name my plants (Agnes, Olga (R.I.P), Svetlana the Cactus, …)
Xuejiao Long
  • Civil engineering student
  • Vice-President Finance
  • I got slight OCD which is annoying, but I enjoy it.
Louis Deschenes
  • Civil Engineering student
  • Head of Design
  • Big fan of dogs
Jason Zhu
  • Civil Engineering student
  • Vice President Fundraising
  • I never eat nut yogurt. Just don’t like it, not for allergy
Ye Zheng
  • Civil Engineering student
  • Vice President Sponsorship
  • I can do the Hula Hoop an infinite number of times.