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SFUPS economic report recommends nine actions

March 27, 2014
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Contact:
Janet Webber, SFU Public Square, 778.782.9479, jwebber@sfu.ca
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151, srmclean@sfu.ca

British Columbia’s economic thought leaders have recommended nine clear actions the province can take to create wealth, address social equity, and protect the environment, as part of a new report released by Simon Fraser University Public Square.

Stemming from the SFU Public Square 2013 Community Summit, Charting BC’s Economic Future, the report details the issues that were discussed among the contingent of business leaders, community representatives, politicians, experts, and citizens who attended the day-long forum held at SFU’s Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

Recommendations include: explore alternative economic paths to support innovation, economic diversification, and sustainability; reform political institutions to improve democratic representation and economic decision-making; create conditions for inclusion of First Nations, and invest in and adjust education options to improve outcomes.

The Forum on BC’s Economy Report was one of two released by SFU Public Square as an outcome of its economic summit; the other was the development of a Citizens’ Agenda for BC’s Economic Future.

The Citizens’ Agenda pulls data and reflections from 100 Community Conversations, the Provincial Tour, and the Our Future, Our Voice 2013 Youth Forum. Five key themes emerged when British Columbians discussed their economic future: the need to leverage B.C.’s natural capital, building and sustaining human capital, building and renewing B.C.’s economic infrastructure, addressing social equity, and building consensus for a long-term economic vision.

The agenda, which is a compilation of the views expressed during the community dialogues and consultations, also provides recommendations for each theme.

Both reports are available to the public through the SFU Public Square website:
http://www.sfu.ca/publicsquare/community-summit/2013summit/materials-outcomes.html

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.

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