Two Lakehead Engineering students selected for the 2022 Canada-Africa Innovation Fellowship

May 2, 2022 – Thunder Bay and Barrie, Ont.

Two Lakehead Engineering students will participate in the Canada-Africa Innovation Fellowship established by Engineers Without Borders. 

Out of over 100 applications, Lakehead Engineering students Annang Ibrahim and Wade Treslove were awarded this prestigious fellowship after a rigorous selection process.

Ibrahim is a third-year Mechanical Engineering student at Lakehead Thunder Bay and Treslove is about to complete an Electrical Engineering degree at Lakehead-Georgian in Barrie.

The Canada-Africa Innovation Fellowship program provides a unique opportunity for young leaders based in Canada and Africa to work together and develop innovative solutions to complex global challenges.

Photo of Annang Ibrahim

“Finding out I was selected for this fellowship was very exciting,” Ibrahim said.

“Being chosen to participate in this fellowship only reassures the faith I have that I am taking the right steps in my career, and for the good of my community.”

Treslove feels honoured to be selected for this fellowship.

Photo of Wade Treslove

“Applying engineering to impact the globe has always been the primary goal in my pursuit of education,” Treslove said.

“I am looking forward to representing Lakehead and helping make a difference where it counts.”

This year, the Canada-Africa Innovation Fellowship will focus on building the entrepreneurship, innovation and leadership skills of undergraduate and recently-graduated Canadians, Ugandans and Ghanaians. It will provide them with a platform to ask tough questions and develop green and renewable solutions to mitigate the impact of climate change on underserved communities in sub-Saharan Africa, Canada, and beyond.

“We are very proud to see our students recognised for their talent and commitment to making positive change in our world,” said Dr. Janusz Kozinski, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.

“Annang and Wade will be terrific ambassadors for Lakehead Engineering and we all look forward to hearing about their achievements.”


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