E4TW 2019 – David Boroto

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David Boroto (centre) with fellow EngSci students and award nominators Molly McGrail (left) and Andrew Kidd (right).


David Boroto (1T8 PEY Infrastructure) brings a strong sense of community and compassion to his work as a student engineer who strives to improve the lives of others. For five years David served in executive roles in youth engagement and member education with Engineers Without Borders. As the U of T Chapter’s President he managed over 150 dedicated students and met with federal Members of Parliament to advocate successfully for increased Official Development Assistance spending. As an Engineers Without Borders Fellow, David spent a summer working at Kwangu Kwako, a small social enterprise responding to the housing crisis in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, and he was recognized with the “Dream Big, Work Hard” award by the national Engineers Without Borders community.

David has also worked with Bridges to Prosperity, a student club that designs and builds pedestrian footbridges in isolated communities in the global south. In 2016, he traveled to Guatemala with his fellow engineering students to construct one of these bridges for the community of Patzula.

In his final year, David was selected by Young Diplomats Canada as a Canadian Youth Ambassador for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank Annual Meetings and he traveled to Bali, Indonesia for meetings with senior officials, bankers, and foreign diplomats. David’s commitment to social change is also evident in his academic life, as he pursues the Global Engineering Certificate. Within the EngSci community, David’s dedication to his work, generous spirit and insightful mentorship has inspired his fellow students to become leaders who make a difference.

After graduation, David is moving to Uganda for a year as an Engineers Without Borders Long-Term Fellow, where he will be working for mobile technology social enterprise, Viamo.

“Invest in People; this Engineers Without Borders value captures what I have valued most about my time here at U of T, and what I hope accomplish in my career as an engineer. At U of T, so many people have invested in my learning and my growth, and in turn I have been fortunate enough to invest in so many of my peers along the way. Looking forward, I hope to continue to invest in people throughout the world as a global engineer, using the knowledge and skills I have gained to create equitable change in the world around us.”
–David Boroto

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