Simon Fraser University Changemaker Campus

Simon Fraser University is Canada’s most community-engaged research university, with over 35,000 students across three urban campuses located in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby. Ranked as Canada’s top comprehensive university, SFU is a place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect. Through our authentic community partnerships—both locally and globally—SFU is developing emerging leaders and solutions for a sustainable, just and healthy society.

Building upon this commitment, SFU Innovates is a university-wide strategy that builds on our dynamic culture and seeks to strengthen SFU’s commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. SFU Innovates brings together a complete continuum of programming and resources for entrepreneurs and changemakers. This includes interdisciplinary, experiential learning environments; support for creating and testing innovative ideas and models; and helping companies grow their economic, social and environmental impact.

RADIUS – RADical Ideas, Useful to Society

Based at the Beedie School of Business, RADIUS (RADical Ideas, Useful to Society) is SFU’s social innovation lab and venture incubator, supporting innovators who question old rules and push forward new ideas about how our economy and society might work. RADIUS develops social economy leaders via its Fellowship program; builds social innovation lab programs with community partners like Ecotrust Canada to test new economic models and ideas; delivers incubation and acceleration programs for social ventures; and runs co-curricular and curricular experiences for students like the SFU Change Lab.

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SFU Sustainability Office

SFU’s Sustainability Office scales ecological, social and economic sustainability initiatives by providing best practice services and tools within and beyond Simon Fraser University. It is a thread the binds SFU’s campuses, research, academics and people together.

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Our Community, Our Voice - Refugee Research Project

The Surrey district receives more refugees than any other municipality in British Columbia. In March 2015, SFU’s Surrey campus—in partnership with the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), City of Surrey and 22 community partners—launched the Our Community, Our Voice research project to better understand settlement and integration needs of local refugees and to create recommendations that would help inform the city’s settlement plan. What made this project unique was the integral role of a group of young refugees who were trained to facilitate the research and community outreach. Our Community, Our Voice is just one example of the community initiatives and projects from SFU’s Refugee Working Group.

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My Involvement

My Involvement is SFU’s one-stop-shop for all student leadership and development programs, volunteer positions and paid opportunities on all three campuses. Changemaking is deeply embedded at SFU, as thousands of students are involved in volunteerism and leadership development each year. The University has a co-curricular record that proactively drives engagement with students.

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Shawn Smith Director of Social Innovation and RADIUS

Shawn Smith is an adjunct professor and co-founder and co-director of RADIUS, SFU’s social innovation lab and venture incubator based at the Beedie School of Business. He has spent ten years working with, in and on social impact organizations on three continents. A founder of several organizations including Impaqto Quito, Global Agents for Change, and Education Generation, Smith speaks and consults regularly on social innovation, social venture development, and education innovation, and completed his MBA at the University of Oxford in 2010 as a Skoll Scholar in Social Entrepreneurship.

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Annette Santos Director, SFU Student Engagement and Retention

Annette is an exceptional leader and mentor with over 18 years post-secondary experience including leading a collaborative inter-professional team to create the Back on Track Program, the largest student retention program of its kind in Canada In her role as Director of Student Engagement and Retention at SFU, she oversees strategic assessment, development, delivery, assessment and management of all programs, support services and activities within Student Engagement and Retention unit that focus on undergraduate student engagement and retention. She has pioneered innovations such as blended models of delivery, expansions of leadership, engagement and volunteer programming.

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Candace Le Roy Director, SFU Sustainability Office

Candace Le Roy has spent 15 years as an advocate and leader for sustainability, social innovation and change initiatives at SFU and in the community. In her undergraduate years, she founded Sustainable SFU, now known as Embark, which has become a full-fledged non-profit organization and student society at SFU.  She now leads the University's Sustainability Initiative and is co-chair of the Senior Sustainability Council. In her role as Director of Sustainability Office, she facilitates the development and implementation of University-wide strategic plans, oversee communications, performance measurement toward set goals and all other associated programming.

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Stephen Dooley Executive Director, SFU Surrey Campus

Stephen Dooley became the second executive director of the SFU Surrey campus on November 1st, 2013. Prior to joining the team at SFU, he worked at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for more than 20 years, where he was the founder of The Centre For Interdisciplinary Research: Community Learning and Engagement. Steve has a strong commitment to the development of community-campus partnerships. As SFU Surrey campus director, Steve sits at a number of community partnership tables, including the City of Surrey’s Social Policy Advisory Committee, the Surrey Poverty Reduction Coalition (cochair), the Local Immigration Partnership, and the Surrey Healthier Community Partnership. Steve is also a director of the Surrey Board of Trade (SBOT).

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Changemaker Campus

Launched in 2008, Ashoka offers the Changemaker Campus designation to leading institutions in social innovation education. These institutions share the vision for higher education to become the next global driver of social change by transforming the educational experience into a world-changing experience.