media release

#SFUPS forum features BC’s economic leaders

September 30, 2013

Shauna Sylvester, SFU Public Square, 778.782.7895,
Janet Webber, SFU Public Square, 778.782.9479,
Scott McLean, PAMR, 778.782.3929,

Mike De Jong, Adrian Dix, Carole Taylor, Yuen Pau Woo, Sophie Pierre, Tamara Vrooman, Jim Sinclair, Greg D’Avignon, and Peter Robinson are just a selection of the 150 business, government, labour, academic, First Nations and civil society leaders scheduled to join SFU Public Square’s Forum on BC’s Economy, taking place at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue on Oct.4, as part of their second annual community summit Charting BC’s Economic Future.

The daylong forum will be open to media from 8:30-10 a.m., before entering Chatham House rule think tank dialogue sessions for the remainder of the day.

“This summit will bring together representatives of government, business, labour, and other key groups to discuss BC’s economic future, paying particular attention to the interrelationship between wealth generation and distribution, and to identify strategies for promoting shared prosperity amongst all British Columbians,” says SFU President Andrew Petter.

“It’s now more important than ever that British Columbians find ways to work together on a common agenda for promoting the well being of the province and its citizens.”

The forum is one portion of the SFU Public Square community summit, which features Bill Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich speaking at the Orpheum on Oct. 3, as well as an extensive list of public events and community conversations taking place across the Lower Mainland.

Originating from the consultation process that produced SFU’s strategic vision as “The Engaged University,” SFU Public Square is designed to put SFU’s physical, intellectual and virtual capacities to work to support public engagement and deliberation on issues of public concern.

Last fall, the inaugural SFU Public Square Community Summit, Alone Together – Connecting in the City, brought together over 10,000 community participants to tackle the issue of isolation and disconnection in the urban environment.

For more information on the 2013 SFU Public Square Community Summit, which runs from Sept. 28 until Oct. 4, please visit:

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