Past Events


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.


TEDxSFU: Shift aims to recognize, characterize and question our ideas, philosophies, and environments. What would you like to Shift?

10:00am - 5:00pm
Granville Island Stage, 1585 Johnston St, Vancouver, BC

On Sunday, November 12, 2017, individuals across the Lower Mainland will gather at the Granville Island Stage to celebrate Ideas Worth Spreading, and we're so excited to see you there! Join us for an engaging day and connect with thought-leaders who are making notable shifts within our community. Here are the 11 speakers you'll be hearing from on November 12:

  • Allanah Mooney
  • Andy Bird
  • Denise Quesnel
  • Elim Chu
  • Glen Tibbits
  • Mark Friesen
  • Mark Groves
  • Maureen Fitzgerald
  • Peter-Paul Van Hoeken
  • Philip J. Oosthuizen
  • Vincent Andrisani

For the conference breakdown, speaker lineup, bios and more, visit!


RADIUS Halloween Open House

The RADIUS Hub, 200 - 308 W. Hastings St., Vancouver, BC, V6B 0P7

Social innovation and entrepreneurship can be scary stuff! But you know what’s scarier – ghosts, goblins and vampires!

On Halloween, we’re throwing caution to the wind and throwing open the doors for the ultimate after work mixer. Join us to celebrate the great work we do together, with costumed networking, spooky snacks and scary drinks!

You’re invited to drop by between 4:30-7:30pm. 

Eat, drink and celebrate radically good (and sometimes scary) work with us at the RADIUS Hub in the SFU Charles Chang Innovation Centre. We’re located at 308 West Hastings, on the corner of Hastings and Hamilton. The RADIUS entrance is on Hamilton Street.


Innovate Now, Canada!

Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver Convention Centre West Building, Canada Place, Vancouver, BC, Canada

To succeed in the future economy and build a more inclusive society, Canadians must embrace innovation. Yet despite our long history as a country that is a leader in ingenuity and innovation, Canada is falling behind its competitors. The World Economic Forum ranks Canada 26th for business innovation.

The Rideau Hall Foundation and CityAge invite you to change that fact at the Innovate Now Canada summit in Vancouver on October 30th & 31st. This special event will bring together the leaders and visionaries who understand we must create a national culture of innovation, to embrace the disruptive tools, new ideas, technologies and strategies available today to re-ignite Canada’s spirit of innovation.

Join us at the Vancouver Convention Centre to learn how you can inject a culture of innovation — encompassing not only innovations in science and technology, but also social innovation, innovation in business processes and in the public sector — that will lead to transformative benefits that will grow our economy and benefit society.

Innovate Now Canada — our future depends on it.


SFU Innovates, UVic, Centre for Digital Media, and the Vancouver VR Community are hosting a VR afterparty for an array of local content!

6:00 - 8:00 PM
Venture Labs, 555 West Hastings Street (11th floor)

The rumours are true: SFU Innovates, the University of Victoria and The Centre for Digital Media, have partnered up with the Vancouver VR Community for a special VR evening event following the afternoon SPLASH workshop on Software for Augmented and Virtual Reality.

Join us as we explore forward-thinking immersive experiences from local creators. From natural disaster planning to a Wizard of Oz-driven game scenario, come out and hang with folks in a variety of landscapes: gaming, startup, industry, university. We’ll have 10 demo stations with the creators themselves, where you’ll learn about their inspirations and process.


Training Aspiring Entrepreneurs to Pitch Experienced Investors

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Segal Graduate School of Business 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC, Room 2300 (2th floor)

Accredited investors finance more than 75,000 U.S. start-ups annually. Professor Scott Shane explains how training aspiring entrepreneurs to pitch their new business ideas to these investors affects their odds of continued funding discussions. He models accredited investors' decision to continue investigation as a real option whose value is a function of their experience and the information contained in the entrepreneurs' pitches. He derives four hypotheses from the model, which are tested through a field experiment that randomly assigns pitch training at four elevator pitch competitions.   


Sustaining Your (Human) Resources

12:00pm - 1:00pm
SFU VentureLabs, #1200 - 555 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Whether you call it Human Resources, Talent, People & Culture, or you don't call it anything at all, it's crucial to have solid practices in place when it comes to growing your team. Find out why you need to recruit, onboard, develop, and assess your people smartly (hint: they're your keys to success).

Learn more and register today.


AGE-WELL’s 3rd Annual Conference | Benefiting Canada; Older Adults, Industry, Policy

Fairmont Winnipeg, Manitoba

Join AGE-WELL in Winnipeg, MB for their third Annual Conference! AGE-WELL2017 will be held as a pre-conference event to the Canadian Association on Gerontology Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting.

AGE-WELL2017 will showcase a multi-disciplinary program of research and innovation from across the AGE-WELL network and provide a forum for networking and collaboration among AGE-WELL stakeholders. Presentations, discussions, networking and demonstration sessions are designed to maximize knowledge exchange. AGE-WELL2017 is open to the public and aims to provide something for everyone interested in technology and aging.

Registration starts in summer 2017.