Boris Martin is the CEO of Engineers Without Borders Canada. Boris lived and worked with farmers in rural Burkina Faso and Ghana for three years between 2007 and 2010, where he led a team supporting the adaptive capacity of farming organizations. He learned the hard way -- and continues to learn -- how much humility it takes to truly partner across barriers of wealth and power and empower change from the grassroots. The experience grounded Boris' life purpose in addressing the systemic underpinnings of poverty. In 2013, he joined EWB Canada's Toronto-based executive team as Vice President of Strategy and Investment, where he spearheaded innovation in EWB's approach to development. He was appointed as CEO of EWB in August 2014. Boris holds a PhD in engineering from McMaster University and a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo. He lives with his partner Alanna and together they love and raise two children, Kyan and Anika.