Office of the President
Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor
Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President
Learn, Grow, Thrive: SFU and City present Burnaby Festival of Learning
Simon Fraser University and the City of Burnaby have again teamed up to present the Burnaby Festival of Learning.
The Festival which was launched in 2016 as a part of SFU’s 50th anniversary celebrations has since become an annual event that has grown year by year. It’s a wonderful example of how an engaged university and enlightened community can come together to create valuable and enduring partnerships.
From May 6 to 12, the Festival of Learning features more than 120 events that cater to all audiences – from children to young adults to seniors. Events take place at civic spaces, libraries, museums, galleries, parks, and community centres across Burnaby, and all are free to attend.
Each year the festival coincides with the national Science Rendezvous & International Astronomy Day (May 12), part of Canada's largest celebration of science. Activities on our Burnaby campus include tours of science labs and the Trottier Observatory, touch pools, robotics display, games and chemistry magic shows.
Other highlights include:
- From Suburb to Metropolis: Burnaby in Transition – May 7, presented by Andy Yan, Director of the SFU City Program;
- Café Scientifique – May 9 at the Burnaby Public Library – a series of informal discussions connecting research to issues of interest to the community;
- Sharing our Stories: Seniors Intergenerational Digital Storytelling -- May 11 at Burnaby Neighbourhood House – a project created by Burnaby seniors, students, and SFU Gerontology researchers.
There is much more happening during the week, so please check out the full schedule of events: festival-of-learning.ca.
I’d also like to acknowledge that the festival involves the participation of many volunteers and organizers from across the university and the community. These include the SFU Student Ambassadors who are helping out during SFU Exploration Day – when we invite Burnaby high school students to come to campus. In addition, we will be welcoming members of the Community Ambassadors Program, which supports individuals with barriers to employment.
Thank you to all the groups and individuals who make the Festival of Learning possible.
Please join us for what promises to be a very informative, enjoyable and, yes, engaging week.