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. 

VISION

We believe that the future requires a transformed economy that is dynamic, just, sustainable and resilient.

RADIUS is an organization that operates on the unceded, traditional and ancestral territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kwikwəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) Nations. We recognize that colonialism is a powerful system interlocking with white supremacy, capitalism, misogyny, classism, and other forms of harm that systemically oppress, alienate, divide, and invisibilize racialized and Indigenous communities.

From our position within an academic institution, we acknowledge that we continue to benefit from oppressive systems. We desire to use this power we hold to challenge the status quo. We don’t have all the answers but believe a transformed economy will be built by community-led solutions and the redistribution of leadership.

To get there, we start with our principles:

RADIUS Principles

Centre equity in our design, strategy, and daily work.

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

Engage in reciprocal relationship building.

Be open and continue learning to improve our practice.

Know future systems will draw on the new and the old.

Balance ambitious work with honouring our limits.

Our Team

Meet the Team

Alia Sunderji

Instructor
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Annelies Tjebbes

Venture Activator
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Bonnie Arthur

Associate Director, Operations
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Camille Dumond

Advisor, Refugee Livelihood Lab
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Candice Day

Manager, First Peoples Enterprise Accelerator Program
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Carnation Zhuwaki

Indigenous Business Stories Project Casewriter
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Dal Sohal

Associate Director, Labs
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Domunique Lashay

Fellowship Co-host
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Ervin Wong

Communications and Engagement Coordinator
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Halah Zumrawi

Coordinator, Health Promotion Lab
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Ilhan Abdullahi

Manager, Health Promotion Lab
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Jacqueline Jennings

Venture Activator
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Jessie Bennett

Manager, Communications and Recruitment
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Kate Nickelchok

Manager, Education & Training
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Katie Miller

Business Development Strategy and Implementation Consultant
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Katya Potapova

Fellowship Co-host
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Kim Howson

Partnerships Strategy and Implementation Consultant
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Leah Sanford

Associate Director, Education & Training
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Melanie Matining

Equity Consultant
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Nada El Masry

Manager, Refugee Livelihood Lab
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Nigel Mojica

Fellowship Co-Host
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Shawn Smith

Executive Director
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Shikhank Sharma

Activator, Health Promotion Lab
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Tamara Connell

Instructor
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Véronik Campbell

Associate Director, Labs
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Yara Younis

Project Manager, Refugee Livelihood Lab
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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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