Geographers Without Borders (GWB) has been hard at work connecting Canada's geography students to the greater community through annual outreach projects. The phrase "think global act local" is not just being paid lip service on campuses as GWB students tackle some of the world's most pressing problems. These issues range anywhere from mapping at risk bee populations to reducing obesity through free bike share programs. The diverse backgrounds of geographers is the key to addressing wide ranging issues, where students can apply a rich and varied geographic skillset to overcome the most complex challenges. The McMaster Chapter of GWB is the original GWB chapter. It was founded by a small group of McMaster geographers in January of 2014, each hoping to apply the expertise they had learned outside the classroom environment. The next steps? Increase GWB presence across Canada and open its first international chapter. These chapters will each tackle social welfare projects in their own communities, in turn increasing the scope of GWB to make the organization truly one without borders.Read More
Geographers Without Borders - UWaterloo (GWB-UW) is a growing chapter that has adopted the broader GWB mandate of applying geographical skills in order to tackle social and environmental issues at local and regional scales. Since the formation of the club in May 2015, GWB-UW has spearheaded several projects in the fields of ecology, transportation and entrepreneurship.
We address these social and environmental issues through projects in two ways. Firstly, we expand upon students' education by offering lectures and workshops in geography to students looking to enhance their skills and knowledge in the field and who are aiming to solve real-world problems. In addition, we have initiated a number of mapping projects which are used as a means to communicate local and regional information within a visual and spatial context.
National members are not associated with a chapter, but can engage with student chapters to support their projects.Read More
The national board oversees the activities of Geographers Without Borders and provides oversight for Chapters.Read More