Table of Contents

Our Staff

Our Finances

How Your Donation Turns Into Impact

A 'Hope by Design' Story

Celebrating Fruitful Service with EMI

The Vida Dream


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EMI is a network of Christian design professionals who impact communities through developing people, designing structures, and constructing facilities. These facilities - hospitals, orphanages, schools, clean water projects, and more - serve communities and the church by meeting physical needs and communicating God’s love in a practical way.


Learn more about EMI Canada's Vision, Mission, and Core Values



Our Staff

Mobilizing professionals around the world


EMI Canada mobilizes full-time, faith-supported staff with various professional design backgrounds to work from our office in Calgary, Alberta, as well as other EMI offices around the world. These staff members recruit and lead design professional volunteers and interns in short-term mission teams to countries where professional-level design is unavailable or inaccessible.

The map below indicates where full-time EMI Canada staff, as well as our engineering and architecture interns from Canadian universities, served in 2020.


Our Finances

EMI Canada's revenue and expenses


Nearly 80% of EMI Canada’s revenue comes from donations and grants. Our generous and faithful financial partners enable all that we do to design a world of hope. Keep scrolling to discover exactly how your donations turn into impact.


Detailed financial statements are available upon request. Please email for more information.


How Your Donation Turns Into Impact

EMI Canada delivers hope through design by mobilizing design professionals who serve partner ministries worldwide. When you donate to EMI Canada, you empower the many facets of our work, and, thereby, deliver hope to individuals and communities around the world. Here’s how:


A 'Hope by Design' Story

“More than anything else, EMI gave me the vocabulary and enough understanding that I could have intelligent conversations with contractors.”

That’s what Lynn told EMI Canada project leader, Steve Ulrich, while describing how EMI helped her navigate the process of designing and constructing her new café, The Well, on the small Indonesian island of Belitung.

The initial plan was for EMI to send a project team to serve Lynn in-person at some point in 2020, a plan that was made impossible by pandemic travel restrictions. Instead, EMI Canada staff met with Lynn remotely to provide guidance on design and contractor selection for The Well.

Lynn describes how God called her into ministry and her experience working with EMI Canada in the short interview below:



The Well is already providing hope to the local people of Belitung. With a good income, useful training, and daily connection with God, Lynn and her ministry are preparing men and women for impactful, sustainable, God-honouring careers. This training is one of the best proactive ways to reduce the exploitation that often comes with a growing tourism industry.

At EMI Canada, we share hope through the medium of design - hope which grows exponentially as God works through partner ministries, just like Lynn’s.


Check out the “More to explore" section below for more about EMI's return to a 2015 design project in Guatemala and a celebration of two important staff milestones!