media release

Can business build a connected city?

September 11, 2012


Shauna Sylvester, SFU Public Square, 778.782.7895,
Janet Webber, SFU Public Square, 778.782.9479,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

SFU Public Square’s inaugural community summit, Alone Together: Connecting in the City, is bringing multiple communities together in discussion to generate solutions to the issue of isolation and disconnection in the urban environment.

On September 20, Metro Vancouver’s business community will have an opportunity to join the conversation when Creating A Connected City: The Role of Business, convenes at Vancouver’s Terminal City Club.

The luncheon will be co-hosted by SFU Chancellor Carole Taylor and President Andrew Petter alongside Vancouver Foundation Board Chair Gordon MacDougall and President and CEO Faye Wightman.

The Vancouver Foundation’s study on Connections and Engagement, released in June, revealed a “powerful yearning for stronger connections in and between our communities,” among Lower Mainlanders.

That need prompted SFU Public Square to dedicate its first community summit to bringing Metro Vancouverites closer together.

In total, the summit features 11 distinct events taking place at SFU’s three campuses (Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey) as well as various locations across the Lower Mainland.

The summit begins with Opening Night at the Orpheum, an event that features award-winning urban planner Larry Beasley, CBC Radio host Nora Young, Vancouver Foundation’s Catherine Clement, Toronto artist-activist Dave Meslin and SFU Chancellor Carole Taylor.

SFU Public Square was officially launched in June of 2012, and originated from the university’s yearlong consultation process, which produced SFU’s strategic vision as “The Engaged University.”  Its goal is to put SFU’s physical, intellectual and virtual capacities to work to support public engagement and deliberation on issues of public concern.

What: Creating a Connected City: Business Luncheon

Vancouver’s Terminal City Club
September 20, 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. (includes networking reception)

$75 per person, $600 for a table of eight

For more information on SFU Public Square and Alone Together – Connecting in the City, please visit:

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