Past Events


Disruptive Tech Talks

13475 Central Avenue, Surrey, BC

As a leader in BC’s technology sector, you are invited to Disruptive Tech Talks on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 from 9am – 1:30pm (lunch included) at Surrey’s new Civic Hotel (13475 Central Avenue, Surrey, BC). There are only 50 seats remaining for this free event – register today to reserve yours.
With British Columbia designated as Canada’s Digital Technology Supercluster, we are gathering some of the top industry leaders to discuss how disruptive technologies are changing industry landscapes and explore what it takes to stay competitive through digital transformation. This event will provide innovation-focussed executives from across Greater Vancouver with the opportunity to:

  • explore disruptive trends, separating the noise from the nuggets,
  • see what the future could look like as disruptive tech evolves,
  • equip your business to stay a step ahead of the competition, and
  • provide opportunities to network with peers in the tech industry.

2018 #BCTECH Summit

Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Place, Vancouver, BC

SFU is an Innovation Partner for the 3rd annual #BCTECH Summit. Get involved and join SFU Innovates for this exciting event!

On May 14-16, 2018 at the Vancouver Convention Centre, join thousands in exploring the ways technology is driving cross-industry growth and innovation, and discover what companies need to do to emerge as global leaders. Read the SFU News coverage of SFU's participation in the 2017 Summit.

The #BCTECH Summit is the largest technology conference in Western Canada, showcasing B.C.’s vibrant tech and innovation sectors. Join thousands in exploring how technology is driving cross-industry growth and change, and how our companies are emerging as global leaders in today’s data economy. Hear from those pushing the boundaries of innovation and creating the jobs of the future.

We hope to see you at the SFU Innovates booth!

Do you have any questions about #BCTECH? Would you like to attend and need the SFU discount code? Email to get in touch.


Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize 2018

The Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize competition recognizes entrepreneurial excellence at Simon Fraser University. Judged by a panel of external industry experts, winning Coast Capital Savings Venture Prize teams are selected based upon the quality of their business concept, current progress and future plans, as well as presentation skills.

Winners of both awards will be announced at the awards ceremony and reception on Thursday, February 15, 2018. The reception will also include presentations from a keynote speaker and networking opportunities with Venture Connection clients, affiliates and industry representatives.

Find out more about the 2018 Venture Prize competition.


Work in the 21st Century: Innovations in Research

Apply by February 4, 2018 at 11:59pm

Research doesn’t just live in libraries and academic papers; it has a profound impact on our day to day lives. Work in the 21st Century is a dynamic evening that showcases the SFU researchers and entrepreneurs who are leading the way in making innovative impacts in the new world of work.

Is your research making work more productive, safe, equitable, and/or inclusive? Is it addressing the question of how we can all thrive in the changing world of work? Do you have findings to share? Are you an SFU student, alumnus, faculty, staff member, or a community partner with a connection to SFU?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, SFU Public Square wants to hear from you!

SFU Public Square is now accepting submissions for presenters for this interactive showcase taking place on February 26. We are encouraging as many students, alumni, staff, faculty and SFU-linked community members as possible to submit presentations for this event. Deadline to apply is February 4, 11:59pm 


Scaling Up for Science-Based Ventures

6:00 - 8:30pm
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Waterfront Centre, #1200 200 Burrard St. Vancouver, BC

Science-based companies create lasting local advantage, transform industries and tackle key global challenges like disease, clean energy and climate change. They also take decades to develop, require substantial R&D investment and, often, substantial patient capital. How do we scale-up science-based companies in Canada? 

Panel: The panel is comprised of local experts with valuable insight about scaling up science-based ventures in Canada.

LIMITED - Mentoring Sessions: In addition to the panel, a limited number of guests will have the opportunity to sign up for an exclusive 1-on-1 mentoring session with the panelists. Pairings are determined based on guests' interest and mentors' expertise. If demand exceeds the number of sessions, more mentors may be added. 

5:30 PM - Doors open; pre-panel networking
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM - Panel: "Scaling Up for Social Ventures" 
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Post-panel networking


Health Change Lab - Final Presentations

2:00 - 5:00pm
Surrey City Centre Public Library 10350 University Drive, Room 120

Health Change Lab 2017 is excited to invite you to the final presentations from this experiential learning program engaging students in addressing community health challenges in Surrey, through entrepreneurship and innovation.

1:45pm - Doors open

Arrive early to connect with others from the community and secure your seat.

2:00-4:45pm - Student Presentations

Introductions from City of Surrey and SFU Surrey, Traditional Welcome, Deans' Welcome

Five interdisciplinary teams will showcase their final social venture prototypes, in response to problems in areas such as food security, seniors isolation, youth engagement, and disease prevention. These were developed over 13 weeks with the support of the City of Surrey, Fraser Health Authority, SFU Surrey and other community agencies.

4:45-5:00pm - Networking and Close
Meet with the teams and co-instructors Tamara Connell and Paola Ardiles, plus community partners.

This program is brought to you by Simon Fraser University's Faculty of Health Sciences and Beedie School of Business, with help from RADIUS SFU social innovation lab, a powerful network of Surrey partner organizations, and the generous support of Scott Shaw.


President's Dream Colloquium on Women in Technology: Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Diverse Talent

See event page for presentation locations.


The value of diverse teams is understood but solutions are still needed to ensure the participation of women and other under-represented groups.

However, increasing the participation of these groups in technology fields is a challenging societal problem — it is about changing our culture and how we see gender roles.

This lecture series aims to educate participants on the challenges and solutions that have been identified to improve diversity in hiring, retention, and promotion to leadership roles.

We invite you to join us in “Women in Technology: Attracting, Retaining and Promoting Diverse Talent” to explore strategies for advancing diversity in the technology sector, critically analyze the culture that has supported a foundation of inequality therein, and engage in multidisciplinary dialogue about the value of creating more space for women and other under-represented groups in technology.

Reservations for the lectures are now open. See the full speakers lineup and register today.

First speaker is September 13, 2017, final speaker is November 23, 2017.


Scaling Up for Social Ventures

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP Waterfront Centre, #1200 200 Burrard St.

BC’s Lower Mainland is a global hotspot for social innovation and social ventures.

This sector is growing in influence and capabilities and may hold the key to improving lives around the world; however, entrepreneurs scaling social ventures face specific challenges around funding, replication, politics, and more. 

How can social ventures overcome these challenges to affect large-scale positive impact? 

Panel: The panel is comprised of top, local changemakers, ready to share their stories and lessons learned about scaling up social ventures in Canada. 

LIMITED - Mentoring Sessions: In addition to the panel, a limited number of guests will have the opportunity to sign up for an exclusive 1-on-1 mentoring session with the panelists. Pairings are determined based on guests' interest and mentors' expertise. If demand exceeds the number of sessions, more mentors may be added. 


2017 SFU Vancouver Speaker Series - The Future of Learning with Marina Kim

7:00 - 8:30pm
SFU's Segal Graduate School of Business - Room 1200

*Please note that the ticket price includes the event and a post-event networking reception with light refreshments. A cash bar will be available before and after the event.

The future of learning is upon us. How well are universities responding to the changing world students face? How relevant are today’s educational programs for tomorrow’s challenges? How can we ensure universities serve the needs of students? How must universities evolve to ensure their approach to educating is contemporary, fulfilling, and relevant?

Marina Kim, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Ashoka U, will speak to these important questions during the SFU Vancouver Speaker Series. After her presentation, Kris Magnusson, Dean of SFU’s Faculty of Education, will join Marina for a discussion on the role that universities must play in ensuring their graduates have the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed in a world characterized by economic, social, and environmental upheaval. Audience members are encouraged to pose their own questions about the future of learning (and educating) to the presenters during a Q&A period.

You are invited to attend this engaging, informative, and provocative presentation that marks the launch of SFU Vancouver’s Open Learning Week. This event is presented by SFU Vancouver in partnership with SFU Public Square and SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement.


Social Innovation Summit

Surrey City Hall, 13450 104 Ave

The third annual Surrey Social Innovation Summit, November 15, reinforces the pivotal and increasingly significant role that cities and communities play in social innovation, particularly when it comes to creating inclusive economies, innovating for solutions, and connecting individuals, neighbourhoods, and businesses. The adage that we all do better when we all do better, has never been more true or relevant. But, to be more successful, social and economic inclusion is essential to individual and community success, and finding practical solutions to the significant issues that face modern and growing communities like ours.