media release

City Conversations talks innovation with Dr. Arvind Gupta

April 14, 2014

Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,
Janet Webber, SFU Public Square, 778.782.9479,
Chelsea Dibble, Mitacs, 604.829.1809,

Dr. Arvind Gupta, former SFU professor and current CEO and scientific director of Mitacs, will serve as lead presenter at Simon Fraser University Public Square’s next edition of its City Conversations series on April 17.

Titled Creativity! Connection! Innovation!, this City Conversation will discuss the world of research collaborations and innovation, as well as the role universities and student entrepreneurs play while bringing their ideas to market.

The event will take place at SFU’s Vancouver campus (Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings St., Room 7000), from 12:30-1:30 p.m. on April 17, and for the first time City Conversations will be simulcast and open to audiences at SFU’s Burnaby (IRMACS Theatre, ASB 10900) and Surrey (room 5380) campuses.

Participants at SFU’s satellite locations will be able to comment and ask questions of the presenters through video conferencing, with SFU associate vice president, External Relations Joanne Curry (Burnaby) and SFU Surrey executive director Steve Dooley (Surrey) serving as moderators. 

Dr. Gupta has led Mitacs since 2000. In 2012, he was named a member of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council, while in 2010 he was appointed to a six-member expert panel to review federal government support to industrial research and development. 

Launched at SFU in 1999, Mitacs supports national innovation by coordinating collaborative industry-university research projects with human capital development at its core.

Presented by SFU Public Square, City Conversations are a series of free public dialogues that occur on the first and third Thursday of the month. Designed to provide access to experts on current topics affecting Vancouver and the Lower Mainland to prompt dialogue and conversation, City Conversations are sponsored by Bing Thom Architects and SFU Vancouver.  

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is 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 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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