Here to build a better future

Simon Fraser University is stepping up to build a sustainable, resilient and inclusive economic recovery. Our faculty, students and staff are engaged with people and organizations in Canada and around the world to drive innovation, improve public health, fight climate change, promote democracy, and create exciting new economic opportunities. In these, and so many other ways, we’re here to help shape a better future for everyone.

We lead community-centred climate innovation. As climate change intensifies, impacts will be felt and changes can be made at the community level. Our unique approach to this is community-centred climate innovation, founded on community partnerships, innovation and a deep commitment to Indigenous knowledges and perspectives.

We help prepare for future pandemics. SFU mathematician Caroline Colijn and her team at the Canadian Network for Modelling Infectious Disease model pandemics to keep people healthy and save lives.

We improve global public health. Research Fellow Julianne Piper studies the impacts of COVID-19 at international borders and the strategies to address them.

We work with First Nations to advance health and wellness. BC First Nations Health Authority Chair and health sciences professor Jeff Reading promotes Indigenous health and wellness.

We diversify energy systems. Our sustainable energy engineering researchers pursue highly collaborative, interdisciplinary initiatives to develop innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges that society faces in the harvesting, storage, transmission and use of energy.

We support the transition to a zero-emission economy. SFU’s Renewable Cities program will establish a new regional Low Carbon Cities Canada (LC3) Innovation Centre, aimed at accelerating urban climate solutions for the region.

Our alumni advance renewable energy solutions. SFU alumni-founded Moment Energy and Ionomr are cleantech companies with award-winning products recognized for their impact in the renewable energy sector.

We care about the places and lands that sustain us. Professor of Indigenous Business Dara Kelly leads research on the concept of Indigenous wellbeing and quality of life. Respecting Indigenous knowledges, re-connecting to lands and territories and focusing on community-informed climate innovation is key to building a more sustainable world for future generations.

We help young people stay healthy. Professor Faranak Farzan and her research team at SFU’s eBrain Lab develop new treatments for youth depression and addiction. 

We support green transportation. SFU’s Sustainable Transportation Action Research Team analyzes and advances low-impact transportation solutions.