Organization: Simon Fraser University

Research with and for communities

Enlisting research subjects as research managers builds strong bridges of trust and understanding with communities that are being studied. It also yields better findings.

Federally funded project aims to build collaborative network of SMEs to grow B.C.’s ag-tech sector

The “AGtech Innovation Sandbox” in British Columbia — which received $10 million in federal funding — aims to build a collaborative network of SMEs to grow the province’s ag-tech sector, based on an innovation model used to support companies developing digital health technologies. Meanwhile, Vancouver is ranked No. 9 in the world’s top 35 “ag-tech and new food” ecosystems, according to a new report from Startup Genome.

The Short Report – March 30, 2022: Ottawa releases $9.1B emissions reduction plan, Montreal’s CDL surpasses $1B in equity value creation, Canada’s tech performance blooms in 2021, and more

Government of Canada releases a $9.1 billion emissions reduction plan, Montreal’s Creative Destruction Lab doubles its $500 million target within first 5 years of opening, US dollars driving Canadian technology’s investment surge in 2021, four provincial governments agree to a joint strategic plan on small modular reactors, and more.

The Short Report – Aug. 25, 2021: $100M to study safer railways, planning Canada’s first Mental Health Innovation Incubator, SSHRC Anti-Black Racism committee, and more…

FEDERAL ELECTION More than 200 Canadian tech and business executives are asking more of their peers to sign an open letter calling on federal political leaders to outline how Canada can achieve “prosperous, secure, equitable and sustainable” growth in a post-pandemic economy. Released Aug. 24, the letter stresses the need for Canada to adopt Canadian-made…

Opinion: Embracing community-based research principles can achieve equity in health outcomes

The largest community-academic collaborative study of women living with HIV in Canada shows that embracing community-based research principles can help achieve equity in research process and health outcomes, Dr. Angela Kaida, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University, and Valerie Nicholson, Indigenous Peer Researcher at the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, say in an op-ed.