Work collaboratively across sectors.

Team-up and incubate new ideas to address international development challenges.

Win $10,000 in project seed funds!

Vancouver is a hotbed of social innovation, entrepreneurship, and technological development in multiple sectors, including information technology, biotechnology, and alternative energy. This two-day Symposium and DevLab will bring together academics, entrepreneurs, NGOs, funders, social innovators and technology experts to incubate new ideas to address issues of local and global concern.

Join SFU International, the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation, the University of the Fraser Valley to explore how social innovation and new technologies can enhance the delivery of Canadian aid, transform global development and fuel further innovation in support of partnerships for sustainable development (SDG 17).

The Symposium and DevLab features the following themes:

This two-day event comprises panel presentations on the four themes, the formation and collaboration of teams for cultivating innovative ideas, the development of proposals, and presenting of ideas to a panel of expert judges, who will then award the winning team(s) for their innovative idea(s).

See the PROGRAM for details.

This event precedes a High-level Political Forum (HLPF) in July 2018 where Canada will participate in a national review of achievements related to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal Agenda.


The Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships (QES) is managed through a unique partnership of Universities Canada, the Rideau Hall Foundation (RHF), Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) and Canadian universities. This program is made possible with financial support from the Government of Canada, provincial governments and the private sector