Community Summit

The Community Summit is an annual gathering convened by the SFU Public Square that focuses on a local or international issue of public concern. The Community Summit creates the space for citizens to come together to jointly research, discuss, identify solutions and take action on emerging and relevant issues. SFU Public Square works collaboratively with community partners from across the region to build upon their work, support their efforts and amplify their reach and impact.

Unfortunately, our 2020 Community Summit, Overcoming Inequality: What Will it Take? didn't come to fruition due to COVID-19. But we return this year with Towards Equity, a Community Summit Series taking place online throughout 2021.


The first Community Summit, Alone Together: Connecting in the City, was held in September 2012 on the theme of isolation and disconnection in the urban environment.

For our second Community Summit, Charting BC's Economic Future, we explored issues regarding BC's economic future.

During the 2014 Community Summit, Innovation - The Shock of the Possible, the complex topic of innovation was explored from the economical, educational, environmental, and healthcare perspectives.

In 2015, the Community Summit, We The City, we focused on the theme of city building, reminding residents of the power they hold to shape their communities.

In 2016 we did not host a Community Summit but we returned to the table with our Community Summit, Who Needs Canada in 2017, where the 150th anniversary of confederation prompted a critical opportunity to think about the role of Canada in the world today.

In 2018, Brave New Work invited the public to consider the question how can we all thrive in the changing world of work? 

In 2019, Confronting the Disinformation Age considered how the proliferation of disinformation is impacting society, and how we can collective build stronger and healthier information ecosystems and communities in response.