media release

SFU Public Square community summit charts BC’s Economic future

September 18, 2013

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

Featuring Bill Clinton’s former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich, award-winning author Michael Shuman, CBC’s The Debaters, a youth-forum, and a discussion on taxation in British Columbia, SFU Public Square’s second annual Community Summit will take an in-depth approach to exploring British Columbia’s economic future between September 28 -October 4, 2013.

“Faced with an increasingly competitive global economy, it is 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,” says SFU President Andrew Petter.

“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.”

In addition to the events taking place in Metro Vancouver, a series of 100 Community Conversations, designed to encourage learning and discussion for British Columbia residents on the topic of the provincial economy, have been convened around the province. Members of the public have also shared their stories through an interactive video project entitled We Are BC that will premiere on October 3. 

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, please visit:

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and 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 120,000 alumni in 130 countries.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

No comments yet

<p><a href="/content/sfu/sfunews/comment_guidelines.html?keepThis=true&amp;TB_iframe=true&amp;height=700&amp;width=700" class="thickbox">Comment Guidelines</a><br>