Winds of Change: The Windmill Project


In February of 2014,  Rob Scott  and John Shoust were in a rural part of Nicaragua on a volunteer trip where they witnessed the huge impact that water for irrigation has on the lives of the local people. Upon returning to Toronto Rob and John sat down with Rob's brother, Wayne Scott, a retired director from the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and noted water expert.  Together they flushed out an idea to collaborate with a respected university engineering school to create a competition to design a windmill that can be built from locally sourced materials for a cost significantly less than imported windmills.

This film, written and directed by Erin Paul, depicts the building and installation of the prototype windmill. For more on the Winds of Change initiative, go to