Part-time, in classSocial Innovation Certificate

Instructors and advisors


These experienced social innovators teach the five social innovation courses. They designed the program curriculum and created the courses.

  • Lisa Gibson

    Lisa is a consultant with over 20 years' experience in local and international community... read more

  • Julian Gonzalez

    For over 15 years, Julian Gonzalez has worked on societal challenges in South, Central and... read more

  • Darcy Riddell

    Darcy Riddell leads the instructional team for the Social Innovation Certificate and is the... read more

  • Kate Sutherland

    Kate Sutherland is a founding instructor with SFU’s Social Innovation Certificate program, as well... read more


These social innovators helped develop our certificate and ensure that it stays relevant and leading-edge. Some advisors work directly with students as coaches and guest lecturers. Others are consultants to our instructors and staff.

  • Joanna Ashworth

    Joanna Ashworth is director of professional development and a teaching fellow in SFU’s Faculty of... read more

  • Tim Draimin

    Tim Draimin is the executive director of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) National. He supports... read more

  • Al Etmanski

    Al Etmanski is a curator, author, blogger, advocate and social entrepreneur specializing in... read more

  • Tatiana Fraser

    Tatiana Fraser is co-founder and past executive director of Girls Action Foundation. She has spent... read more

  • Am Johal

    Am Johal is director of community engagement at SFU’s Vancity Office of Community Engagement,... read more

  • David LePage

    David LePage is a principal with Accelerating Social Impact CCC. One of Canada’s first hybrid... read more

  • Sarah Lubik

    Sarah Lubik is a lecturer in innovation and entrepreneurship at SFU’s Beedie School of Business and... read more

  • Andrea Reimer

    Andrea Reimer has been a strong public voice in Vancouver for almost two decades with a focus on... read more

  • Cheryl Rose

    Prior to entering the world of universities, Cheryl Rose gained professional experience in a... read more

  • Shawn Smith

    Shawn Smith is an adjunct professor and founding director of RADIUS, a social innovation lab and... read more

  • Delyse Sylvester

    Delyse Sylvester has three decades of expertise connecting social entrepreneurs with corporate... read more