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Canada: Dialogue aims to help create a more socially innovative society

3 September 2016 at 02:22 | 1305 views

Credit: SFU News, Vancouver, Canada.

As Canadians are being invited to play a key role in the future of innovation for the country, a public dialogue at SFU’s Wosk Centre for Dialogue on September 8 (6:30-8:30 pm) will provide a unique opportunity to add your voice to the discussion.

The event will give entrepreneurs, employees, students, social innovators and the general community the chance to share their ideas and vision for Canada’s Innovation Agenda, with the view to building a more entrepreneurial and socially innovative society.

Sarah Lubik (photo), SFU’s director of entrepreneurship, was recently named one of 10 national Innovation Leaders, charged with engaging Canadians to identify bold new ideas to support an innovation action plan. In a brief interview, she says the SFU event will enrich the dialogue, and encourages participation from all members of the innovation community.

The community event, to be moderated by Shauna Sylvester, executive director of SFU Public Square, is part of a cross-Canada initiative being led by the Hon. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

Who can come to the session?

The session is open to students, employees and employers, citizens, educators and anyone with a bright idea, and an interest in helping our country achieve its potential in creating economic and social value through innovation.

What do organizers of the event hope to achieve?

Innovation is not something the government does alone; it take the entire country, universities, businesses and the community to work together to make real progress toward goals we care about, setting the country on a firm path towards long-term growth, high societal and global impact, and a higher quality of life, by creating and supporting an entrepreneurial and socially innovative society.

Our discussion will focus on what it means to be an innovative culture, how society can become more entrepreneurial, and what Canada’s innovation future should look like. It’s also an opportunity to hear from and talk with thought leaders in social innovation, First Nations, education and entrepreneurship because these groups all need to work together, too.

Why should we care about building entrepreneurship and a socially innovative society?

Supporting and growing innovation will add value throughout our economy, our society and our lives. Entrepreneurship is about more than starting companies. It’s about matching new ideas with market, environmental and societal needs and creating sustainable models to create value. It’s also about creating the kind of ambitious, adaptable and capable society that can thrive in an increasingly fast-moving world and grow as a world leader in finding solutions to global issues

Why should the general public become involved?

Collaborating is an essential part of creating a successful approach to growing a national ecosystem of entrepreneurship and social innovation; it means we need to knock down the walls between sectors of our society and leverage Canada’s diversity.

Bringing together diverse ideas and perspectives is one of the best ways to come up with genuinely creative and disruptive ideas. We invite everyone interested to contribute their thoughts and ideas as we move ahead with the Innovation Agenda, as well as coming out to meet the community that we need them to be part of.

Thought leaders representing our diverse innovation community will participate in the discussion and share their thoughts and vision:

• Al Etmanski, founding partner of Social Innovation Generation (SiG) and BC Partners for Social Impact;

• Pauline Terbasket, member of the Syilx Nation and Executive Director of the Okanagan Nation Alliance;

. By Jeff Booth, Founder, President and CEO of Build Direct.

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