Creating a More Entrepreneurial and Socially Innovative Society

2016, Future of Work, Community Building

Canada needs a bold, coordinated strategy on innovation, but to do it, we need to engage across sectors and communities and get Canadians involved! That includes you!

Are you a: Student? Employee? Employer? Educator? Changemaker? Entrepreneur? Resident? We are engaging all types of innovators for a fun and stimulating event to help us shape Canada’s Innovation Agenda.

SFU InnovatesSFU Public Square and Innovation Leader, Sarah Lubik invite you to join us in a public dialogue to share your ideas and vision for this cross-Canada initiative. 

Join thought leaders in the social innovation, First Nations, tech, education and entrepreneurship communities to discuss the following:

We will be discussing:

  • What it means to be an innovative culture
  • How can we become a more entrepreneurial society?
  • What does Canada’s innovation future need to look like?
  • What are the roles of different players?
  • Your best advice to the Government (and the wider community) to get us there

The discussion will be moderated by Shauna Sylvester.

Thu, 08 Sep 2016

6:30 p.m. (PT)

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings St., Vancouver 

Thought Leaders

Al Etmanski

Al Etmanski is a community organizer, social entrepreneur and author. His latest book, Impact: 6 Patterns to Spread Your Social Innovation is a Canadian bestseller. He is co-founder of Social innovation Generation (SiG) and chaired  BC Partners for Social Impact. He is curious as to why some social innovations spread and endure while others, despite their potential, don't. As co-founder of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network (PLAN) he proposed and led the campaign to establish the world's only disability savings plan - the Registered Disability Savings Plan. There are now more than $2 Billion RDSP funds on deposit. He has received the Order of Canada and the Order of BC for his innovative work. He blogs at

Pauline E. Terbasket

Pauline E. Terbasket is a proud Syilx (Okanagan) woman and member of the Syilx Nation.  Ms. Terbasket has led a life of open constant change and transformation in her personal and professional lives. She is currently the Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance, a post she has held for the past 20 years. Prior to working for the Nation she led as a elected Band council member of her Band for 10 years. Ms. Terbasket has more than 30 years of experience working for a variety of First Nations organizations and government. In addition to her professional endeavors, she has sat as volunteer board member with numerous local and regional organizations and societies including the BC Native Women's SocietyEn’owkin CentreUBC Okanagan, Aboriginal Peoples Family Accord and the Ki-low-Na Friendship Society

Jeff Booth

Jeff Booth is the President, CEO and Co-Founder of BuildDirect. He applies his knowledge of technology and trends to invent new ways for people to explore, purchase and ultimately connect in the home improvement space.

Drawing on his background as a builder, Jeff co-founded BuildDirect in 1999 from his first-hand experience with the inefficiencies of the home improvement industry. While most said the industry was too large and broken to fix, Jeff only saw possibilities. He knew that by combining technology with his entrepreneurial spirit and vision, he could build a simpler and more trusted home improvement industry. Ultimately, opening a world of possibilities for homeowners, suppliers and those in trades and shipping. 

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