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SFU Innovates

SFU Innovates supports the university's vision as Canada’s engaged university by building on the our dynamic culture and strengthening our position as Canada’s academic leader in innovation.


Four pillars



Developing a mindset that applies creativity, adaptability and collaboration to solve problems that matter.

Charles Chang Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Beedie School of Business Invention to Innovation Graduate Program


Social innovation

Developing emerging leaders and solutions for a sustainable, just and healthy community.



Incubation and acceleration

Transforming ideas made in the classroom, lab and community into ventures that scale.

SFU VentureLabs

Coast Capital Savings Venture Connection


Industry and community research partnerships

Bridging the gap to create innovations that benefit society.

Big data at SFU


Technology Licensing Office


SFU Innovates Leaders

SFU Innovates is supported by industry, academic and community leaders who are passionate about enabling the next generation of changemakers and entrepreneurs.


Dugan O'Neil
Vice-President Research and International | Simon Fraser University

Elicia Maine
Special Advisor on Innovation to the Vice-President, Research and International | Simon Fraser University

Kamaldeep (Kam) Sembi
Director of the Technology Licensing Office | Simon Fraser University

Sarah Lubik
Director of Entrepreneurship | Simon Fraser University

Shawn Smith
Director of Social Innovation, Co-Director of RADIUS | Simon Fraser University

Neil Branda
SFU Innovates Director of Technology Readiness & Prototyping, Scientific Director of 4D Labs | Simon Fraser University

Virginia Balcom
Executive Director, SFU VentureLabs | Simon Fraser University