media release

Tour brings B.C. together via community conversations

July 29, 2013

Marissa Lawrence, SFU Public Square, 778.782.9579,    
Emily Ross, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Connecting change makers and residents across B.C., Simon Fraser University’s Public Square will be touring the province hosting several Community Conversations leading up to their second annual Community Summit in September and October 2013.

From July 30 to August 22, Marissa Lawrence, provincial outreach coordinator at SFU Public Square, will visit a number of communities to host conversations about the future of B.C.’s economy. Asking nine communities, “How do we chart B.C.’s economy to create wealth, promote social equity and protect our environment?,” the Community Conversations tour will act in partnership with organizations across the province.

As a part of a larger project, 100 Community Conversations, these dialogue sessions will help inform a stakeholder’s discussion during the summit on October 3, 2013, while ensuring that all regions of B.C. are represented and heard.

“There is a hunger in this province for an informed and non-polarized conversation about B.C.’s economic future—a conversation that moves beyond downtown Vancouver board rooms and reaches people in their communities,” explains Shauna Sylvester, executive director of SFU Public Square.

“SFU Public Square has launched 100 Community Conversations to engage British Columbians in a dialogue about the kind of future they envision for this province and how they want to see us achieve it.”

A full list of the communities hosting Community Conversations on this tour can be found online. Please contact Marissa Lawrence,, if you are interested in learning more about a Community Conversations in your area.

A series of 100 Community Conversations held by various groups across B.C. will take place in September on the same topic. If you are interested in hosting a Community Conversation, contact Mark Friesen,

For more information about 100 Community Conversations and SFU Public Square’s Community Summit ‘Charting BC’s Economic Future’, visit their website.

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.


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