Students develop solutions for sustainability problems

At Western, students are continually encouraged to push the boundaries of their disciplines to adopt a global mindset. 

Driven to be scholars whose education and leadership will serve the public good, 144 Western students were among 36 teams to participate in the annual How to Change the World challenge. 

The global student experiential learning program, which empowers students to collaboratively develop solutions for real-world sustainability problems, was held at Western from November 2 - 4. 

Several faculties represented Western, including students from Engineering, Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Science, Health Science, Medicine and Dentistry, Information and Media Studies, Music, and the Ivey Business School. 

The next generation of Western tackled global sustainability challenges including, ‘Zero Hunger in Northern Manitoba and Khartoum, Sudan’ and ‘Clean Water and Sanitation in Thunder Bay, ON and Beirut, Lebanon.’ Mentors were on hand to help provide different perspectives, subject matter expertise, brainstorming and innovative support.

The best overall winners will advance to the semi-finals of Western's World's Challenge.

Team Awards

Participant's Choice Award


The Water Retention Tank (WRT) Initiative - (Pictured from left to right: Alana Heath, co-founder of How to Change the World; Tasnim Ben Mansour, Ricardo Soto and Ali Elsadi of the WRT Initiative Team; Ken Coley, Dean of Western Engineering)


Cohort 1 Winners

Project Team Members
Best Overall: Food Insecurity in South Indian Lake, Northern Manitoba Emily Zhang, Adshayah Sathiaseelan and Rachel Chan
Most Implementable: How to Create Self-Sufficient Indigenous Agricultural and Address Food Insecurity Jordann Campbell, Somya Sharma, Jaewuk Lee
Most Creative: Sustainable Futures for Remote Indigenous Communities Kelsea McPherson, Kate Deebrah, Michael Ratchev, Ricky Wang


Cohort 2 Winners

Project Team Members
Best Overall: Communal Urban Micro-Farming in Khartoum’s Schools Dhylan Usi, Firuza Huseynova, Ayman Sholkani, Angelica Kuai
Most Implementable: The Wonders of Mosques and Hydroponics Bryan Jang, Cynthia Cui, Dalia Sroor
Most Creative: Peanut Farmers to Combat Malnutrition and Unemployment Lakshmi Sravya Y, Sasha Brown, Sargun Kaur


Cohort 3 Winners

Project Team Members
Best Overall: Filling the Gaps - Water Pollution Impacts on Fort William First Nations Health Megan Ng, Zhou Fei Qian, Saniya Agarwal, Jansen Acosta
Most Implementable: Clean water in Neskantaga Parnika Aima, Wenqian Li (Laila Li), Jun Rao
Most Creative: “Bridge the Gap” Initiative Leeza Huang, Rocky Su, Isabella Yang


Cohort 4 Winners

Project Team Members
Best Overall: A Tailored Solution for the Shatila Refugee Camp Water Crisis Koami Hayibo, Emily Liu, Ankit Ray
Most Implementable: Water Wizards Adeline Stephanie Lee, Ajay Zire, Kiran Halkitis, Mariam Arif
Most Creative: Shatila Refugee Camp, Beirut Nikita Dhawan, Oliver Wang, Sky Zhang