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SFU and City of Vancouver engage in Hopeful Economics Summit

April 20, 2017

Hope and economics may seem an unlikely pairing, but an SFU-led conference this week seeks to change that.

Simon Fraser University is proud to partner with the City of Vancouver to host the Hopeful Economics: Leadership & Innovation Summit on April 21 and 22.

The Summit brings together representatives from business, civil society, First Nations, post-secondary institutions and government to discuss ways of fostering sustainable local economies.

Featuring two full days of workshops, speakers, panel discussions and more, delegates will explore topics such as economic reconciliation, social entrepreneurship, community benefit agreements and local impact investing.

Organized by SFU’s Community Economic Development Program with support from the Centre for Sustainable Development and SFU’s Faculty of the Environment, the Summit builds upon an impressive record of collaboration between the University and the City of Vancouver.

We are also delighted to welcome Victoria Mayor Lisa Helps and Tofino Mayor Josie Osborne as two of many featured speakers from across British Columbia, Canada and the United States.

The Hopeful Economics Leadership & Innovation Summit is made possible by numerous community sponsors and partners as well as many dedicated volunteers.

As an engaged university, we couldn’t be more “hopeful” for the community connections, inventions and ideas that the Summit will generate.