The Engineering and Geoscience Education Foundation Inc. (EGEF Inc. or EGEF) is a registered charitable organization. We support the education of engineering and geoscience students through:
- Financial assistance for capital acquisitions and improvements
- Development and support of library facilities
- Scholarships and bursaries
The Foundation may also provide financial assistance to other charitable undertakings, as determined by its board of directors.
The Foundation is governed by a working board; consequently, only 3.4 percent of all our expenditures since inception in 2004 to December 2021 have been for administration and general operations.
The Foundation has leveraged funds for a number of projects.
In 2002, Dr. Doug Ruth, University of Manitoba Dean of Engineering, and Les Wardrop, founder of Wardrop Engineering, approached the Council of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba (now known as Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba), seeking financial and moral support for the University of Manitoba’s fundraising campaign for the new Engineering and Information Technology Complex.
Although Council welcomed the idea of supporting the new Complex, their ability to expend Association funds was constrained under The Engineering and Geoscientific Professions Act, so they looked into forming an independent entity that could solicit funds from businesses and individuals working in the engineering and geoscience fields. The result was the APEGM Foundation Inc.
In 2022, the Foundation Board changed the name to Engineering and Geoscience Education Foundation Inc. to better reflect the work that we do.
Nirdosh Ganske, President
Trevor Cornell, Vice-president
William Boyce, Treasurer
Arnold Permut, Past-president
Ric Syme, Member-at-large
Amber Anderson Skrabek
The Foundation has leveraged funding from other sources to finance projects.
- $15,000 for the paleontology and mineral display cases in Brandon University’s Geology Department leveraged another $15,000 from the Province, to meet the $30,000 estimated requirement
- $100,000 for the Dr. Ganpat S. Lodha Bursaries leveraged matching funding from the Province’s Manitoba Scholarship and Bursary Initiative, resulting in a $200,000 endowed bursary fund
- $7,650 to the Stanley Pauley Engineering Building consisted of $3,825 of eligible donations made to the Foundation which matched the donations to a maximum of $100 per donor
- Deposits to the Engineering and Geoscience Education Fund at The Winnipeg Foundation were matched, at various phases and in various proportions. For example, in recent years, reinvestment of interest earned on the Fund has been matched 9:1, so that every $9 of interest that was capitalized was matched by $1 from The Winnipeg Foundation.