Building B.C.’s Innovation Economy: What will it take to become a global leader?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
11:30 AM
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Keynote Speaker:Andrew Petter Q.C.
President and Vice-Chancellor
Simon Fraser University
Schedule:Registration:  11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Program:  12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Andrew Petter

The high-tech sector is now the most dynamic part of British Columbia's economy, employing more people than all traditional resource sectors combined. Yet recent studies show that, despite this strength, the sector is losing ground to international competitors.

SFU President Andrew Petter will discuss the factors constraining B.C.'s innovative capacity and performance and the actions needed to establish the province as a global innovation leader.

While these actions will require commitments from governments and the private sector, Petter will argue that universities also must reconsider their policies and revise their practices to maximize their contributions to building an innovation economy.

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About the Speaker

Andrew Petter is President and Vice Chancellor of Simon Fraser University, and Professor in its School of Public Policy.

Prior to joining SFU in 2010, President Petter was a Professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria, where he served as Dean from 2001 to 2008.

He previously taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and practiced law with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.

From 1991 to 2001, President Petter served as a BC MLA and held numerous cabinet portfolios, including Advanced Education, Aboriginal Affairs and Attorney General.

Since joining SFU, Professor Petter has overseen the development and implementation of a Strategic Vision that seeks to distinguish SFU as Canada's "community engaged research university."

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