The Data Visionaries

Since 2017, Simon Fraser University has invited leading thinkers from diverse fields to engage in conversations about how data is shaping and reshaping the world. The Data Visionaries Series helps to define, open up and critically examine the possibilities and impact of data in our future

Who are the Data Visionaries? They are the pioneers who will shape and reshape the world we live in. They are people asking new questions, developing new solutions and thinking about data in new ways for real world impact.

Critically Examining Big Data

Our public panel sessions feature diverse experts debating current issues around data and technologies that are changing the world. From 5G to artificial intelligence to data and democracy, these lively discussions will expand your knowledge and offer new perspectives.

SFU Leaders Solve Complex Challenges

Our leaders don’t just think about solutions—they invent and implement them. SFU is home to a range of experts tackling data challenges in innovative ways. This speaker series offers an engaging and intellectually enriching way to dive deeper into how big data affects you.


Past Participating Organizations

  • 1Qbit
  • Amika Mobile Corporation
  • Black Press Media
  • Borealis AI Vancouver
  • Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
  • Canadian Maritime Law Association
  • City of Burnaby
  • City of Vancouver
  • Columbia Journalism School
  • Electronic Arts
  • Fortinet Canada
  • Generation R
  • Plenty of Fish
  • Radical I/O Technology Inc.
  • Telus Health
  • University College London
  • University of London
  • University of Ottawa
  • UrbanLogiq
  • Ministry of Citizen's Services, Government of British Columbia
  • Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Government of British Columbia