Innovations In Research

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Innovations In Research
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Wed 1 April 2020
Wednesday 1 April 2020
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Research doesn’t just live in libraries and academic papers. It has a profound impact on our lives by shaping policy and informing public discourse. Innovations in Research is a dynamic evening that showcases the SFU researchers and practitioners who are addressing economic and social inequality in Canada.

Hosted by Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research and International at SFU, this event features rapid-fire presentations, in-depth discussions, and interactive demonstrations by faculty, staff, students and alumni from across SFU’s faculties, departments, programs and campuses.

Enjoy light refreshments as you move throughout the space, interacting with researchers and watching presentations from SFU’s remarkable research community.

Snacks and refreshments will be served, and a cash bar will be available.

Stay tuned for a full list of presenters!


Joy Johnson

Joy Johnson leads Simon Fraser University’s strategic research initiatives and facilitates international opportunities that foster research collaborations and student exchange. Her work focuses on facilitating research excellence and helping the university respond to new opportunities. She works with members of SFU’s eight faculties to ensure they have the support and resources required to conduct excellent cutting-edge research in all its forms. Building on her long-standing leadership and research experience, she works with faculty, students and staff to secure research partnerships within the community and industry.

A key element of her role focuses on knowledge mobilization by facilitating opportunities to transfer the results of SFU research to society. This collaborative role allows for an interplay between research and innovation to enhance social, economic, and environmental well-being.

Joy is a leader for the SFU Innovates initiative – a university-wide strategy and action plan to inspire, develop, and support impact-driven innovation and entrepreneurship. As part of SFU’s commitment to innovation, she is responsible for developing initiatives that support students and faculty members to harness new ideas and innovations for the benefit of society.

Registration Disclaimer:

As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

Venue Information & Accessibility:

Getting There

312 Main is located at the corner of Main and Cordova. Please enter from the Cordova Street entrance. There will be volunteers to greet you at the door. Our event will take place on the main floor.


312 Main does not have on-site parking, but there is metered parking in the neighbourhood and there are covered parking garages on 306 Cordova Street, 144 Cordova Street and 437 East Hasting.

Wheelchair Accessibility

312 Main is a wheelchair accessible venue.

Gender-Neutral Washrooms

There are wheelchair accessible, gender neutral washrooms with individual stalls.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at or 778-782-9442. If you require ASL or other language interpretation please submit this request no later than 3 weeks in advance.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

This event is part of SFU Public Square's 2020 Community Summit Overcoming Inequality. For information about the other events we have running between April 1 - 9, go here

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