Being Human in the Digital Age: A Public Dialogue on Readying Canadians to Thrive in a Rapidly Changing Economy

2018, Media + Information

Canada needs a bold, comprehensive strategy to prepare for an increasingly digital and data-driven economy, but in order to get this right, 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 people for an entertaining and thought-provoking event to provide input into Canada’s Strategy on Digital and Data Transformation.

SFU InnovatesSFU Public Square and digital innovation leader Sarah Lubik invite you to join us in a public dialogue to share your ideas and vision for this cross-Canada initiative. The Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED) will be in attendance, gathering ideas and input, which will be used as the foundation for the government's strategy in this area.

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

  • What skills and attitudes are needed to adapt to an increasingly digital future?
  • How does education need to change for an increasingly digital future?
  • How do we ensure everyone is included in the opportunities of the future?
  • How are business needs changing and what can we do about it?
  • What are the roles of different players?
  • Your best advice to the government (and the wider community) to get us there
Fri, 14 Sep 2018

6:30 p.m. (PT)

Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue

580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.


Sandra B. Singh

Sandra B. Singh was appointed to the Board of Directors of CBC/Radio-Canada on April 3, 2018 for a five-year term.

Sandra joined the City of Vancouver as General Manager, Arts, Culture & Community Services in April 2018. Sandra previously served as the Chief Librarian of Vancouver Public Library (VPL). During her seven-year tenure, she led the library through significant digital and organizational transformation in services and operations. The City's first Indigenous-named facility, the nə́c̓aʔmat ct Strathcona Branch Library, was also opened during Sandra’s tenure.

Sandra previously served as the Director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia where she led the Centre's work on both rural and remote community engagement and as an interdisciplinary centre for learning on campus. Prior to UBC, she worked at the Vancouver Public Library, first as the Director of Branches East/South and Outreach Services, followed by Director of Systems and Special Projects. Prior to VPL, Sandra served as Port Moody Public Library's Manager of Library Services, as a Cybrarian at the Vancouver-based online learning community, and as a librarian in both Texas and Alberta.

Most recently, she served in a variety of volunteer roles including as Commissioner on Canada Council for the Arts’ Public Lending Right Commission, as Chair of Library and Archives Canada’s National Heritage Digitization Strategy Steering Committee, and as President of the Canadian Library Association. She established and was a founding Board member of the national not-for-profit Centre for Equitable Library Access.

Sandra holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature (1995) and a Master of Library and Information Studies (1997) from the University of British Columbia.

Kris Magnusson, PhD

Dr. Kris Magnusson is passionate about career development and learning in all forms and has served as Dean of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University since 2009. During that time, he also served two terms as the Chair of the Association of BC Deans of Education, was co-chair of the BC Advisory Group on Provincial Assessment, led the development of the ACDE Accord on Internationalization in Education, and was co-chair of the SFU Aboriginal Reconciliation Council.

Kris’ academic work is in the area of counselling psychology and career development. He was the recipient of the Province of Alberta Career Development Award of Excellence and the 2006 recipient of the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Development. Kris is also a cofounder of the Canadian Research Working Group for Evidence-based Practice.

Prior to joining SFU, Kris was a junior high school teacher, a college counsellor, and a faculty member in counselling psychology at the Universities of Calgary and Lethbridge.

Matias Marquez

Matias Marquez is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Buyatab, a leading provider of advanced online gift card infrastructure solutions. He founded Buyatab in 2009 and has grown the company into a global leader in digital gift giving. Current Buyatab clients include Whole Foods Market, Air Canada, Fairmont Hotels, Hudson Bay brands and many others.

Matias is an active advisor to early-stage technology companies. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University and the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Matias has received many awards for his entrepreneurial success, including being named a BC Business Top 30 Under 30 recipient in 2016; winner of the 2016 EY Entrepreneur of The Year award; and one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in 2017.

Winnie Chang

Winnie Chang is a fourth-year undergraduate at SFU, pursuing a Political Science major and an Entrepreneurship and Innovation certificate. She co-founded a social venture called TumblerShare to reduce coffee cup waste at her school. She has also worked abroad with local Ecuadorian entrepreneurs as a business developer. This year she will be joining the Tech-E program where mechatronics and entrepreneurship students will form teams and build a tech-based startup. Winnie enjoys creating innovative solutions to solve social and environmental issues in her community.


Laurie Anderson

Dr. Laurie Anderson is the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Laurie is also an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Education, a Lead Facilitator for SFU Public Square, and the co-developer of SFU's popular Masters in Contemplative Inquiry and Approaches to Education. Before coming to SFU, Laurie spent 30 years in the public education system, as a teacher, principal, Director of Curriculum, Associate Superintendent and Interim Superintendent of Schools for the Vancouver Board of Education. 

Laurie is a three-time alumnus of SFU, completing his BEd, MA and PhD at the university. Laurie works with his colleagues to make the Vancouver campus a welcoming, inclusive and engaging place to learn, teach and connect.