Burnaby Festival of Learning: Learn. Grow. Thrive. May 4-11 2019

The Burnaby Festival of Learning features a week-long series of free events for individuals, families and young (and not so young) learners, all designed to fulfill the desire to #LearnGrowThrive. Enjoy a variety of events happening throughout Burnaby, including workshops, discussions, tours, and more!

Now in its 4th year, the festival is co-presented by SFU and the City of Burnaby in partnership with BCIT, Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table, Burnaby Neighbourhood House, Burnaby School District, MOSAIC, and Tourism Burnaby.

The Burnaby Festival of Learning is open for registration!

Who will be interested? People in your community who are interested in lifelong learning, community learning, personal growth and development, events, and public engagement on current issues.

We think the Burnaby business community would be interested in our Future of work series where we focus on the importance of culture, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the impact of automation. Spots are limited, we advise everyone to RSVP online now to reserve a spot.


The workplace has seen changes over the past few decades, change is something we must embrace as we step another day into the future. Changes are happening, are organizations doing enough to prepare ourselves for the future? Thinking beyond today and what is coming towards us, it’s not going to be the same, and we know that. What will work in the future mean for us and for organizations? How do we welcome the future with open arms?

The Importance of Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace 
In the midst of social movements around equity, diversity, and inclusion, we find ourselves asking how important it is for us to be diverse and inclusive at work and what does that really mean for organizations. Canada, at its heart, is multi-cultural; we understand the context, but do we put it into practice at work? Are we truly embracing diversity and inclusion, or are we taking it at face value?

Join in an informal discussion with industry experts and facilitator around exploring the importance of social movements to be inclusive, diverse, and how it is reflected in our workforce. As well as understanding the potential economic advantage with an inclusive organization, in reference to Diversity Dividend: Canada’s Global Advantage.

The Importance of Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace

Burnaby Public Library, Bob Prittie Metrotown
Tuesday, May 7, 2019 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM
Register online: http://get.sfu.ca/ajmPlv

The Impact of Automation
We, the generation that has lived from analog to digital, are seeing technology being embedded as fundamentals; ultimately, changing the way we work. Automation is nothing new to us, with changes happening so quickly, how do we embrace automation in the dynamic digital world? How will, or how has, automation shape our workforce? How do we future-proof ourselves as we are already in transition? How will our jobs be impacted?

A panel of industry professionals will explore and present their views on the impacts organizations face with the adoption of new automation technology. They will also discuss the popular perception of job replacement due to automation.

The Impact of Automation
Hilton Vancouver Metrotown
Thursday, May 9, 2019 | 6:30PM – 8:30PM

Register online: http://get.sfu.ca/LsaEcY