Simon Fraser University (SFU) officially opened their Innovation Plaza, home to the Quantum Algorithms Institute (QAI) in Surrey, British Columbia. Funded by the Federal Government’s Pacific Economic Development Agency, SFU and QAI, this newly-renovated, state-of-the-art, physical hub will facilitate engagement activities between industry and academia promoting collaboration, research, and training to prepare students for sought-after careers in emerging technologies. Innovation Plaza will also include the BC Centre for Agritech Innovation (BC CAI), and Coast Capital Venture Connection, part of the Charles Chang Institute for Entrepreneurship.
“SFU Innovation Plaza will be a foundational business attraction tool for Surrey and the Metro Vancouver region for technology businesses,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “As technology advances, the high demand for innovation by science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals is at an all-time high to think outside of the box to solve complex local and global problems by creating actionable solutions. As productivity increases, more goods and services are produced, which boosts the economy.”