Engineering Challenge - Six Years Strong

Watching the Engineering Challenge grow into an initiative that benefits our community every year has been an amazing experience. In 2011, volunteers from 16 participating companies came together for a day to complete a compost and recycling centre build, a retreat cabin repaint, and window and insulation installation in four camper cabins for YWCA’s YoWoChAs Outdoor Education Centre. Not only did the participating companies volunteer their time and expertise but they also covered the costs of materials, products, supplies and safety equipment to ensure that there was no cost for YWCA.

The Engineering Challenge Day of Caring is just one component of the Engineering Challenge.  The participating companies also vie for a coveted trophy by challenging each other to strengthen their United Way workplace campaigns.  Congratulations to SNC-LAVALIN Inc. for winning the 2011 Challenge. 

In 2006, when the Engineering Challenge began, the three participating firms raised $685,165. In 2011, the challenge has grown to include sixteen participating firms who raised a total of $1,466,768! Collectively, over the last six years, the Engineering Challenge has raised $7,032,956 which helps to create opportunities for better lives for vulnerable families and individuals living in the Alberta Capital Region.

Click these links to see photos from the Engineering Challenge Day of Caring and Wrap up Event and make sure to view the 2011 wrap-up video below.

There is no power greater for change than a community discovering what it cares about.

- Margaret J. Wheatley

Oreen Skiba is a Campaign Manager at United Way and is passionate about great ideas, her community and physical fitness. 

Participating companies include: Associated Engineering Alberta, AECOM, APEGGA, AMEC Earth & Environmental, Bantrel, C- Fer Technologies, CoSyn Technologies, Dialog, EBA Engineering Consultants Ltd., ISL Engineering & Land Services, Magna IV Engineering, Morrison Hershfield Limited, SNC-LAVALIN Ltd., Stantec, Williams Engineering, WorleyParsonsCanada Edmonton.