About

Turning Radical Ideas Into Useful Solutions

RADIUS is a social innovation hub based out of the Beedie School of Business, SFU, and located in the heart of Vancouver at the Charles Chang Innovation Centre. 

MISSION & VISION

We believe an economy that works for everyone is one that is dynamic, just, sustainable, and resilient.

RADIUS builds programs to collaboratively develop, test, and accelerate innovative responses to tough social problems. Drawing on this leading edge work, we also offer training, events and educational opportunities to build collective capacity to respond to the challenges of our time. 

Our Vision is of a transformed economy that is dynamic, just, sustainable, and resilient.
 
That is an economy which is
 
… rich in innovation,
… geared toward maximum participation from the most people and perspectives,
… rooted in the long view of social and environmental wellbeing, and
… that shrinks the economic distance between decisions and where their impact is felt.
 
We believe the economy that accomplishes this will be built up from numerous, diverse, connected and engaged economic actors.

RADIUS Principles

We centre equity in our design, strategy, and daily work.

We value the knowledge, experiences, and histories in the margins of any given system.

We engage in reciprocal relationship building.

We are an open, learning organization.

We know future systems will draw on the new and the old.

We balance this ambitious work with honouring our limits.

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Our Team

Meet the Team

Alia Sunderji

Instructor
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Annelies Tjebbes

Venture Activator
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Aslam Bulbulia

Fellowship Co-Host
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Bonnie Arthur

Associate Director, Operations
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Camille Dumond

Manager, Refugee Livelihood Lab
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Hala Aurangzeb

Knowledge Mobilization Consultant
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Jessie Bennett

Manager, Communications and Recruitment
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Laura Gaaysiigad Cuthbert

Social Innovation Canada Weaver, Fellowship Co-Host, Activator
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Nigel Mojica

Fellowship Co-Host
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Véronik Campbell

Associate Director, Labs
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Candice Day

Manager, First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program
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Holden Bonwit

Venture Activator, Entrepreneur in Residence
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Kate Nickelchok

Manager, Education & Training
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Leah Sanford

Associate Director, Education & Training
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Shawn Smith

Executive Director
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Vidya Crawley

Entrepreneur in Residence
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Elaine Xu

Finance and Operations Coordinator
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Ilhan Abdullahi

Manager, Health Promotion Lab
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Katie Miller

Business Development Strategy and Implementation Consultant
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Melanie Matining

Equity Consultant
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Tim Ames

Instructor
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Eliane Bowden

Engagement Coordinator
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Jacqueline Jennings

Venture Activator
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Kim Howson

Partnerships Strategy and Implementation Consultant
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Nada El Masry

Project Manager, Refugee Livelihood Lab
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Vanja (VJ) Terzic

Business Development Manager
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Our Team

Meet the Extended Team

Kai Alderson – Lawyer, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

Christine Bergeron –Senior Vice President of Member Experience & Community Engagement, Vancity

David Cameron– Executive Director, YELL

Calvin Dallimore – Technology Mentor

Sam Goldman – Founder and Chief Customer Officer, d.light Design

Lee Feldman – Former Founder and CCO of Blast Radius, current Founder of THNK School of Creative Leadership

Chris Gora – Attorney, Miller Titerle LLP

Miguel Herrera – Vice President and Senior Investment Officer at Accion

Kirk Hill – Assistant Dean, External Relations, Beedie School of Business, SFU

Rory Holland – Principal, Change Agents

Mark Jeffrey – President and Chief Curiosity Officer, Mark Jeffrey Consultants

Heather O’Hara – Executive Producer, CityStudio

Sean Peters – CEO, DryGro

Kevin Royes – Entrepreneur

Eesmyal Santos-Brault – Entrepreneur (HiVE, Recollective Consulting, Vancouver Design Nerds, Energy Modelling Institute)

Christie Stephenson –Executive Director, Dhillon Centre for Business Ethics at UBC Sauder

Kate Storey – Senior Associate, Renewal Funds

Paul Wong – technology mentor, co-founder of JukeNuke and HaveUs

Paola Ardiles (Teaching Fellow and Lecturer, Social Innovation and Community Partnerships, Faculty of Health Sciences)

Dr. Sarah Lubik (Lecturer in Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Beedie School of Business & SFU Director of Entrepreneurship)

Dr. Blaize Reich (RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation, past RADIUS Advisory Board Chair)

Where we Are

Places We Call Home

The Charles Chang Innovation Centre

The Charles Chang Innovation Centre

RADIUS is based out of the Charles Chang Innovation Centre, at the corner of W. Hastings & Hamilton (2nd floor, entrance on Hamilton Street). We rent some of our desks out to social innovators and mission-aligned professionals.

SFU Beedie School of Business

SFU Beedie School of Business

RADIUS is an initiative of Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business. But we’re not your average business school, or university. Now committed to being Canada’s most engaged university, the book on SFU’s history is called “The Radical Campus”. RADIUS draws on the roots of an institution founded with its gaze firmly on the future, bold questions at the ready, and new ways of thinking welcome.

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Our office in Vancouver is on the unceded Coast Salish Lands including the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ) and Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm) Nations.

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