Working with partners across Burnaby

Simon Fraser University has a rich history of partnership with the City of Burnaby and with Burnaby-based organizations. Thanks to the university’s widespread interest in working with Burnaby communities, Burnaby-based partnerships have involved many different SFU units, departments, staff, students and faculty. Some examples include:

  • The SFU-City of Burnaby Liaison Committee, which offers opportunities for the Mayor, Council, and City staff to connect with SFU’s President, VPs and university staff,
  • The SFU-City of Burnaby Staff Liaison Working Group, which offers the chance to explore partnership opportunities on matters of common interest and provides support to the City and SFU Liaison Committee,
  • The Burnaby Festival of Learning which is co-presented annually by the City of Burnaby and SFU in partnership with many Burnaby organizations, and
  • Many diverse collaborations and partnerships with Burnaby non-profit organizations, industry associations, NGOs, and Indigenous communities.

We are committed to responding nimbly and bravely to the new and emerging challenges and opportunities presented to all of us during COVID-19.

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If you have an idea for partnering with SFU to do work in Burnaby, please contact Tara Flynn.

Tara Flynn

Working with the Burnaby community since the beginning.

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The Burnaby Festival of Learning would like to feature your project at our community festival in May 2021!

Deadline for submission: January 31st, 2021!

Burnaby Festival of Learning

The Burnaby Festival of Learning

Following information and advice about COVID-19 from regional and provincial health officers concerning the need to promote physical distancing, we have decided to postpone the 2020 Burnaby Festival of Learning. All in-person Festival events and meetings will be cancelled until June 1st.

We will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 in order to determine  if and when it might be beneficial to support our partners in moving any of the programming online. And we will provide timely updates on this page if and when an alternative version of the Burnaby Festival of Learning becomes possible in the coming months.

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