Engaging Canadians in the Innovation Agenda: digital innovation leader and SFU’s Director of Entrepreneurship, Sarah Lubik

In our increasingly digital future, where new technology is transforming the way we access information, shop, live, socialize and work, how are Canadians positioned to thrive?

Enter the Innovation Agenda, launched in 2016 by the Government of Canada to make innovation a national priority. Simon Fraser University’s Director of Entrepreneurship, Sarah Lubik, was selected as one of 10 innovation leaders tasked with helping form—and engage with Canadians to inform—the Innovation Agenda’s areas for national action.

Lubik’s knowledge of—and accomplishments within—entrepreneurship and innovation have been repeatedly proven. As SFU’s first Director of Entrepreneurship, a lecturer in entrepreneurship and innovation at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and co-champion of the Tech Entrepreneurship@SFU program, Lubik has been actively developing, aligning and accelerating SFU’s innovation ecosystem for years. She is a member of the advisory boards of SFU’s social innovation lab and incubator RADIUS, on the boards of entrepreneurial education charities Powerplay and Youth Entrepreneur Leadership Launchpad (YELL), as well as a co-founder and marketing director of high-tech startup Lungfish Dive Systems.

Fast forward two years to June 2018, and Lubik is appointed a new national honour: being named as one of only six digital innovation experts to lead the Government of Canada’s national consultation on digital and data transformation. She is currently in the midst of hosting roundtable discussions in cities across North America with business, academia and civil society.

A scholar and practitioner in innovation, Lubik points out that technology is not innovation until it can be put into useful application, and that creating lasting economic and social value in an increasingly technological age requires a deep understanding of local and global challenges and systems. This means that there is not just room, but in fact, a need to ensure our national strategy includes a wide variety of stakeholders. “Being competitive in a more tech and data-heavy future requires us to tap into our humanity,” she states. This explains why the event that she is spearheading in Vancouver this month is titled, “Being Human in the Digital Age.”

Happening at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue on Friday, September 14, its subtitle is, “A Public Dialogue on Readying Canadians to Thrive in a Rapidly Changing Economy.” It is the Lower Mainland’s invitation from Lubik and the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development to engage in dialogue on digital and data innovation and give input directly to government. Thought leaders from industry, education, civic support, as well as a student speaker, will kick off the event (see the full list of speakers). To participate, register to attend. The event is free and open to all.

Read more about Sarah Lubik, SFU’s director of entrepreneurship, on SFU’s Beedie School of Business website.