Office of the President
Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor
Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President
SFU Public Square presents 2018 Community Summit – Brave New Work
The work we do – and the way we do it – is changing rapidly.
Technological developments, globalization, shifting demographics, politics and policy have the potential both to disrupt and to improve the work that Canadians do.
How do we, as a society, navigate this evolving landscape? How do we thrive – or at least survive – in the changing world of work?
These themes and questions will be explored during the 2018 SFU Public Square Community Summit – Brave New Work which launches February 26 and runs until March 7.
The Community Summit is a signature initiative of our vision to be Canada’s ‘engaged university.’ Within that vision, we recognise an opportunity and responsibility to create inclusive and vibrant spaces for dialogue and deliberation on key public issues.
The need to grapple with the changing nature of work and to collaborate across sectors to create the future we want makes this an ideal theme for our sixth annual Summit. We are excited to join with community partners, thought leaders, SFU faculty and students to bring you a robust program of events, discussion and ideas.
On February 28 we are proud to present our feature Summit event in partnership with Vancity. The New World of Work: Thriving or Surviving? features two leading American commentators on work and the economy, Van Jones and Anne-Marie Slaughter, to discuss the role that citizens, governments and civil society can play in shaping the future of work.
Other Summit highlights in include:
- The Future of Work in Canada: Emerging Trends and Opportunities (February 26) – a half-day conference that brings together thought leaders and the public to share research and expertise;
- Work in the 21st Century: Innovations in Research (February 26) – an evening showcasing SFU researchers and entrepreneurs who are leading the way in the new world of work;
- Preparing Students for the Future World of Work: Challenges and Opportunities for the Post-Secondary System (March 6) – presentations and discussions on how post-secondary institutions can prepare students for the future of work;
- Building Your Resilience: Learn Key Strategies for Enhancing Your Success Now and in the Future (March 7) – a student-focused event with the SFU Health Promotion team;
Most events are free and open to the public. A full schedule is available online.
I hope you’ll join us for the 2018 Community Summit as we engage in dialogue on how we can shape the future of work and build the society we desire.
See you there!