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Burnaby Festival of Learning  May 1-7, 2016.  The festival’s grand finale on Saturday, May 7, 11:00 am-3:00 pm when SFU’s Burnaby campus participates in the country’s largest science festival—Science Rendezvous. The Faculty of Science will open its labs, and lecturers and students will treat the public to hands-on demos and experiments, as well as fun-filled lectures. Stop by the PICS booth and learn about energy and climate with our interactive activities and videos.


Past Events

At the Nexus of Climate Change and Sustainable Development: Bringing the Global Agenda Home

Thursday, February 11 (5:30 - 7:00pm)

Room 1420, SFU Vancouver, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Please register at: []  

In the wake of the agreement reached at the 2015 COP21 Climate Change Conference in Paris and the newly launched UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this roundtable discussion will explore how academics, NGOs, the City of Vancouver and the federal government will contribute to global change. Speakers will highlight initiatives contributing to the SDGs and how these global goals can and must be realized not just in the developing world, but also in our own city and country.  

Joanna Ashworth, Director of Professional Programs, Faculty of Environment, SFU (Moderator) 


Keeping Score: UN Sustainable Development Goals

Michael Simpson, Executive Director, BC Council for International Cooperation 

Partnerships for the Goals:  Joint Canada-Africa Research and Training Networks

Zabrina Brumme, Associate Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU 

The Role of Cities in Addressing Climate Change

Mark Roseland, Director, Centre for Sustainable Community Development, SFU 

Gender Equality and the SDGs: Best Practices for Building Long-Term Sustainability in Human and Gender Rights 

Laura Parisi, Associate Professor, Women’s Studies, University of Victoria 

Closing Remarks: The Honourable Pam Goldsmith-Jones, MP West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs 

This event is sponsored by:

Faculty of Environment, SFU

British Columbia Council for International Cooperation (BCCIC)

SFU International

Centre for Natural Hazard Research

Hazard Change caused by Climate Change Workshop

CNHR will host a workshop co-organized with the SFU Adaptation to Climate Change Team and Natural Resources Canada to stimulate a national discussion about weather-caused and -triggered hazards that are changing in a warming world.

The workshop will:

  • examine current and likely future changes in the frequency and intensity of hydro-meteorological hazards due to climate change;
  • consider "Non-stationarity" of hazards;
  • define the needs of professionals for information about future changes in the frequency and intensity of hazards controlled or affected by climate;
  • examine the potential for national support for a program that documents changes in hazards and risk, and identify champions for such a program (IPC subcommittee?);
  • examine "Implementation" of climate knowledge into hazard and risk assessments;
  • be national (not regional) in scope;
  • scope best practices for professionals.

When: February 22nd, 2016 - 8:30 am to 4:30 pm

Where: Segal Room - SFU Harbour Centre Campus, 515 Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC, V6B 5K3

Delegates will represent a cross-section of stakeholders and experts in natural hazards, risk management and climate change.

Registration is free.  For inquiries about registration and space availability please contact Bert Struik at . Refreshments are included.

Sponsors: SFU - Adaptation to Climate Change Team, Natural Resource Canada, SFU - Centre for Natural Hazard Research, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

For more information click here!

Renewable Cities Global Learning Forum


When: 13-15 May, 2015

Where: Vancouver, BC - Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver

The pressure on cities and city staff to provide affordable energy services to citizens while ensuring livability and reducing emissions has never been greater. Cities now face unprecedented pressures to provide affordable energy to their citizens, while at the same time ensuring livability and reducing emissions. But what are the best practices and affordable models to transitioning to renewables and energy efficiency in the electricity, heating, and transportation sectors?

Renewable Cities is a new global program that supports cities through the transition to 100% renewable energy and energy efficiency and was launched through a Global Learning Forum from 13-15 May in Vancouver, BC. Here, city and utility staff, private sector innovators, civil society leaders, and key researchers gathered in one of the world's greenest cities to take part in a solutions-focused dialogue.

The Global Learning Forum included an inspirational event during the opening night; mayors' round table to highlight political leadership in the shift; small group capacity building sessions; site visits to Vancouver's cleantech innovators; and more.

Outcomes from the Forum: a Final Report, Synthesis Report, nearly 20 videos, presentations from speakers, and a Media Report. Everything is available at please visit and share this link.

An initiative of the SFU Centre for Diologue in partnership with the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions

Science Rendezvous @ SFU

Science Rendezvous is the largest science festival in Canada that seeks to engage the public (and especially kids!) through interactive science activities, demonstrations, and laboratory experiences at various locations across Canada on Saturday, May 10th.

Simon Fraser University will be participating in this event with an exciting day full of interesting things to see and do, interactive activities, science shows, educational demonstrations, and explorations.

When: Saturday May 9th, 2015, from 11:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Where: SFU, Burnaby campus. Academic Quadrangle, South and East Concourse 3000 level.

Free parking is offered in "B" lot.

Stop by the PICS booth and explore different ways to generate electricity using renewable resources and learn about the Green House Effect!!


For more informatio please visit

Pipelines, Politics, and Perjury

Free Public Talk with Dr. Mark Jaccard

When: Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m.

Where: Alice MacKay Room, Lower Level, Central Library, 350 West Georgia Street, Vancouver

Political leaders and even corporate heads tell us they care about climate change and indeed are acting on this defining global threat. But how can we tell if they are being honest? And what can we do if they are not? Dr. Mark Jaccard will discuss these questions in a presentation focussed on current climate issues facing British Columbians.

Dr. Jaccard is a professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU. He is known for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the Global Energy Assessment, and has advised governments worldwide.

A partenership event: Dr. Mark Jaccard and Vancouver Public Library



On January 28th, 2015, forty clean technology companies from across the Greater Vancouver region will come together at the newly built LEED-Gold Surrey City Hall Atrium for a one day pitch-based competition for the title of Greater Vancouver’s Clean Technology Champion.

The first-ever Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Championship lets local companies demonstrate their technology to regional and international clean technology buyers and investors.   


·  $10,000 cash prize provided by Vancity Credit Union

·  The Greater Vancouver Clean Technology Championship Trophy

·  Bragging rights as the region’s top clean technology company



The event features a series of workshops and panel discussions to help your business succeed in BC’s green economy. The workshops are open for all to attend.

Workshops will include:

1)    The Trek South- Generating Sales and Developing Strategic Partnerships in the US Market (Presented by DFATD)

2)    Show me the Money! Local Opportunities for Financing Clean Technology (Presented by Vancity)

3)    Investing in Resilient Communities through Clean Technology Deployment and Innovation (Presented by the City of Surrey)

Link to the event page for more information

 SFU is a gold sponsor of this event

SFU Public Square

RISE: An IDEAS competition addressing SEA LEVEL RISE

RISE is an open ideas competition to find innovative ways to address sea level rise in Metro Vancouver. Form a team of one to four people, submit your idea online, and you could win a cash prize of up to $35,000! Team registration starts September 8, 2014. Check out the challenge and dig into the research for more information. Find out more about the public exhibition day, and put October 19th 2014 in your diary. We hope to see you there!

Community Science Celebration Days at Science World

September 27 and 28, 2014

Join Science World on the weekend of September 27 & 28 to celebrate the everyday science that takes place in our community!  Stop by the SFU Science in Action and PICS booth and explore hands on demonstrations on renewable energy and learn about ourClimate Insights 101 online free course!!

Saturday: 11am–6pm
Sunday: 10am–5pm

Moving in a Livable Region

About Moving in a Livable Region

Moving in a Livable Region is a consortium of business, local government, organizations, and transportation leaders working together for sustainable funding for Metro Vancouver's transportation system. The SFU Centre for Dialogue is convening the consortium and we aim to provide fact-based information on transportation and the upcoming referendum to Metro Vancouver residents.

Carbon Talks public dialogue series, sponsored by PICS SFU, has hosted two dialogues related to the  Moving in a Livable region initiative highlighting transportation issues from the cities of Vancouver and Surrey.

Beyond the Politics: The Benefits of Moving in a Livable Region - Surrey

Beyond the Politics: The Benefits of Moving in a Livable Region - Vancouver