Past Events


  • September 14, 2021
    Federal Election Candidates Debate / Débat entre les candidat.e.s aux élections fédérales
    Featuring bilingual candidates from all major parties from across British Columbia, the debate will combine questions and answers in French and English. / Mettant en vedette des candidat·e·s bilingues de tous les principaux partis fédéraux de la Colombie- Britannique, le débat combinera des questions et des réponses en français et en anglais.
  • September 09, 2021
    Equity in Practice: More Stories of Community Capacity Building
    Hear powerful, transformative stories from the most recent cohort of learners in SFU's Community Capacity Building Certificate and their growth as emerging leaders working towards equity in their communities.
  • June 25, 2021
    Should a Just Recovery Include a Basic Income for B.C.?
    This panel will look at the recommendations and analysis of the Final Report of the British Columbia Expert Panel on Basic Income to ask: should a just recovery for all include a basic income?
  • June 23, 2021
    Youth and Digital Skills
    Join us to discuss how Canada can better support our public internet infrastructure for the marginalized communities who rely on them and for everyone.
  • June 22, 2021
    Equity in Practice: Community Capacity Building
    Hear inspiring stories from the most recent cohort of learners in SFU's Community Capacity Building Certificate and their growth as emerging leaders working towards equity in their communities.


  • December 10, 2020
    Planning for the Post-Pandemic City
    When Planning Vancouver Together started in November 2019, no one could’ve imagined what was just around the corner. While a global pandemic altered our relationship with our city, it also laid bare and amplified the pre-existing inequalities of our society. COVID-19 has tested the resiliency and adaptability of Vancouver’s social, economic and physical fabric. While certain parts of the city have weathered this pandemic, others have struggled. In light of these dramatic events, what does planning for the next three decades of Vancouver mean? What have we learned and experienced in the last eight months that might shape the next 30 years? How can the Vancouver Plan – a long-term strategic citywide plan – course-correct and continue to plan for a future city that is resilient to new and existing shocks and stressors, while striving for a city that truly works for all who live, work and play here?
  • December 08, 2020
    An Unbroken Line: Haida Art and Culture
  • December 03, 2020
    MST Futurism: Decolonizing the City Through a Matriarchal Lens
  • November 25, 2020
    The Post-COVID-19 Urban Economy
    Part of Pandemonium: Urban Studies and Recovering from COVID-19, a lecture series presented by SFU Urban Studies in collaboration with SFU Public Square and financially supported by the Initiative in Sustainable Urban Development.
  • November 19, 2020
    Mental Wellness and COVID-19: What's Gender Got to Do With It?
    COVID-19 is taking a toll on everyone’s mental wellbeing, but evidence demonstrates that these threats to mental health are not experienced equally. Gender is one of the many intersecting lenses we can use to look at the pandemic’s unequal impact on mental health.





  • September 27, 2021
    Democracy Talks
    This spring, join SFU Public Square and Samara for a little chat on a big topic.
  • September 27, 2021
    BCPPI Spring Dialogue Series
    The BC Population Prosperity Initiative and SFU Public Square are presenting the 2013 Spring Dialogue Series, remaining sessions on March 26 & April 23.
  • September 27, 2021
    2013 - Charting BC's Economic Future
    The 2013 Community Summit will engage citizens across the province in forward-looking discussions about the BC economy.