Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President

April 13, 2017

C2UExpo showcases community-campus partnerships

How can universities help to build stronger communities? And how can we better engage with communities to address social, economic, environmental and other issues?

These questions will be explored at C2UExpo 2017 – For the common good – hosted by Simon Fraser University on May 1-5.

Over five days C2UExpo will bring together academia, community, government and industry for dialogue and collaboration concerning what makes campus-community partnerships successful. Delegates will showcase projects that range from community-based research to social innovation to experiential learning.

Half of the participants will represent universities, colleges and polytechnics, while the other half will represent governments, NGOs, businesses and concerned citizens – joined together by a keen interest in and passion for empowering social betterment.

Conference highlights include:

  • The Community Jam (pre-conference) hosted by SFU’s Surrey campus on May 1 and 2
  • Walk the Talk (main conference) hosted by SFU’s Vancouver campus May 3-5
  • The Community & Cultural Mashup, a unique and interactive event at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts on May 3

As Canada’s engaged university, SFU is thrilled to be hosting C2UExpo with our community partners, including the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation's RECODE Initiative which provides social innovation and entrepreneurship opportunities for college and university students.

Registration will be open until April 26 or spaces are gone. You can learn more at:

If you are an educator, student, community leader, entrepreneur, researcher, or concerned citizen, I encourage you to register and take advantage of this unique opportunity to share knowledge, develop relationships, and work together for positive and lasting impact on our communities.