You're invited: Dialogue to make Canada a more socially innovative society

As Canadians are being invited to play a key role in the future of innovation for the country, a public dialogue at SFU’s Wosk Centre for Dialogue on September 8 will provide a unique opportunity to add your voice to the discussion. Creating a More Entrepreneurial and Socially Innovative Society is a free event: registration opens at 6pm, with the dialogue beginning at 6:30pm.

This dialogue will give entrepreneurs, employees, students, social innovators and the general community the chance to share their ideas and vision for Canada's Innovation Agenda, with the view to building a more entrepreneurial and socially innovative society. 

Sarah Lubik, SFU’s director of entrepreneurship, was recently named one of 10 national Innovation Leaders, charged with engaging Canadians to identify bold new ideas to support an innovation action plan. In a brief interview, Lubic said that the SFU event will enrich the dialogue, and encourages participation from all members of the innovation community. 

The community event, to be moderated by Shauna Sylvester, executive director of SFU Public Square, is part of a cross-Canada initiative led by the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Who's invited?

The session is open to students, employees and employers, citizens and educators; as well as to anyone with a bright idea and an interest in helping our country achieve its potential in creating economic and social value through innovation.

The goal of the dialogue

Innovation is not something the government does alone—it take the entire country, universities, businesses and the community working together to make real progress toward goals we care about, setting the country on a firm path towards long-term growth, high societal and global impact, and a higher quality of life, by creating and supporting an entrepreneurial and socially innovative society.

This discussion will focus on what it means to be an innovative culture, how society can become more entrepreneurial, and what Canada’s innovation future should look like. It’s also an opportunity to hear from and talk with thought leaders in social innovation, First Nations, education and entrepreneurship.

A public affair

Collaborating is an essential part of creating a successful approach to growing a national ecosystem of entrepreneurship and social innovation. We need to knock down the walls between sectors of our society and leverage Canada’s diversity.

Bringing together diverse ideas and perspectives is one of the best ways to come up with genuinely creative and disruptive ideas. We invite everyone interested to contribute their thoughts and ideas as we move ahead with the Innovation Agenda, as well as coming out to meet the community that we need them to be part of.

Thought leaders representing our diverse innovation community will participate in the discussion. Some of the speakers include:

• Al Etmanski, founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact

• Pauline Terbasket, member of the Syilx Nation and Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance

•Jeff Booth, Founder, President and CEO of BuildDirect

What 'entrepreneurship' can mean

Supporting and growing innovation will add value throughout our economy, our society and our lives. Entrepreneurship is about more than starting companies. It's about matching new ideas with market, environmental and societal needs and creating sustainable models to create value. It's also about creating the kind of ambitious, adaptable and capable society that can thrive in an increasingly fast-moving world, so Canada can grow as a world leader in finding solutions to global issues.