What does it mean to be a smart and caring community? How can collaborations among community foundations, post-secondary institutions, community organizations, municipalities and philanthropic institutions make a positive contribution to our communities’ well-being now and generations into the future? In May, delegations from across Canada and around the world will be coming to Surrey, British Columbia to participate and explore these questions in an innovative gathering that is part of C2UExpo 2017.
The C2UExpo conference is hosted every two years and is designed to showcase and celebrate the growth and range of community-campus partnerships in addressing social, health, environmental and community issues. In 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, C2UExpo will be hosted by Simon Fraser University (SFU), which has campuses in Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver.
The conference will be held the week of May 1-5, with the first two days dedicated to the C2UExpo Community Jam.
On May 1 to 2, Simon Fraser University will host two days of interactive programming drawing on ten thousand years of traditions from Canada’s Indigenous population.
Unlike traditional conferences, the C2UExpo Community Jam was co- created by over twenty design thinkers, higher education leaders, community organizations and Surrey city staff who have set the table for a transformative experience that bridges learning, doing and socializing with the aim of building long-term positive change.