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. 


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.

Our Values



Empathy through human centered design, a consistent focus on those with lived experience at the core of what we do, and the humility to realize we usually don’t have the answers.


Rigour through lean approaches to testing and development and a relentless focus on understanding, measuring, and reporting what works (or doesn’t).


Impact as our top priority. We constantly ask ourselves if investing in this work, this idea, this entrepreneur maximizes our ability to drive positive impact.

Our Team

Meet the Team

Shawn Smith


Kiri Bird

Associate Director, Labs

Bonnie Borin

General Manager

Tamara Connell

Associate Director, Education and Training

Camille Dumond

Manager, Refugee Livelihood Lab

Nada El Masry

Co-Lead Program Design, Refugee Livelihood Lab

Candice Day

Manager, First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program

Donovan Woollard

Entrepreneur in Residence

Kelsey Klaver

Manager, Health Promotion Lab

Mike Rowlands

Entrepreneur in Residence

Alica Forneret

Communications, Engagement, and Recruitment Officer

Khayla Almonte-Davila

Office and Special Projects Coordinator

Annelies Tjebbes

Venture Activator

Tim Ames

Change Lab Instructor


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Holden Bonwit

Venture Activator

Alia Sunderji

Change Lab Instructor

Aslam Bulbulia

Fellowship Co-Host

Paola Ardiles

Faculty Champion and Social Innovation Lab Partner

Jannika Nyberg

Fellowship Co-Host

Pegah Djamzad

SFU Changemaker Campus Manager

Our Team

Meet the Extended Team

Kai Alderson – Lawyer, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin

Christine Bergeron – Director of Business Member Relationships, 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 – governance and finance mentor, Western Canada representative for Purpose Capital

Kate Storey – Senior Associate, Renewal Funds

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

Blaize Reich – RBC Professor of Technology and Innovation, SFU

Mandeep Sidhu – Community Investment, Vancity

Steve Dooley – Executive Director, SFU Surrey

Andrew Gemino – Associate Dean, Beedie School of Business, SFU

Sam Goldman – Founder and Chief Customer Officer, D.Light

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

Joy Johnson – Vice-President, Research, SFU

Liz Lougheed Green – Manager of Community Investment, Vancity

Sarah Lubik – Lecturer and Director of Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU, Beedie School of Business, SFU

Jean Pogge – President, Ecotrust Canada

Joel Solomon – Chairman, Renewal Funds

Mike Volker – Director, SFU Innovation Office

Patrick Whitney – Dean, Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology

Soushiant Zanganehpour – Entrepreneur (Swae.io) and Strategic Advisor

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

One of the world’s most diverse cities and committed to becoming the world’s greenest by 2020, Vancouver increasingly plays host to global thinkers at events like TED and the SIX Social Innovation Exchange. British Columbia is a hotbed for social innovation with leading social ventures, deep connections to nature and indigenous wisdom, and a legacy of questioning the status quo. We are excited about to helping connect the best of our region to the most impactful thinking in the rest of the world.

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Our Partners

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