Informed Consent – Social Innovation Lab Workshop

New Frontiers in Social Innovation Research: Social Innovation Management for Bioplastics

Principal Investigator: Tammara Soma, Simon Fraser University, School of Resource and Environmental Management. Email:  Phone: 778-782-6820

Purpose of this project: Researchers from Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management seek to engage stakeholders involved in bioplastic packaging in Canada to explore innovative solutions to address the environmental and social challenges of bioplastic packaging throughout its entire supply chain from production to end-of-life management. This project has been funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Trans-Atlantic Partnership grant. 

Outcome of the project: We invite you to participate in a one-day social innovation lab focus group workshop to explore collaborative solutions to the issue of bioplastic packaging, hosted at Simon Fraser University. With your participation through this event, the research team will identify potential solutions that will be published in a report, a journal article and may be pitched for further testing.

Risks, Benefits and Confidentiality:

There is very little risk in participating in this study. As the nature of the workshop will include conversation and discussion in groups, we will encourage participants not to discuss the content of the focus group outside of the event. However, we cannot guarantee that your views will be kept confidential by others. All answers provided by participants during the workshop will be recorded confidentially by researchers and we will use pseudonym’s when reporting the answers provided. We will not identify the name of your company or organization and will only use general occupational terms such as “manufacturer”, “retailer”, and “user.” If you decide to waive confidentiality during the consent process, then your name will be recorded.

Participating in this study will support the creation of solutions to bioplastic packaging that may benefit the economy and the environment.

Taking part in this study is entirely up to you and you have the right to refuse to participate. If you decide to take part, you may choose to withdraw from the study at any time without giving a reason and without any negative impact on future opportunities to contribute to other studies.

All paper documents such as informed consents will be kept in a locked filing cabinet in a locked office at Simon Fraser University. All audio recording of interviews will be destroyed immediately after it has been transcribed. The paper documents will be kept five years after the project completion.

Concerns or complaints: If you have any concerns about your rights as a research participant and/or your experiences while participating in this study, you may contact Dr. Jeffrey Toward, Director, Office of Research Ethics or 778-782-6593.

To acknowledge your consent to participate in this study, send an email to with the following text:

I, <full name>, have read and understand the Informed Consent – Social Innovation Lab Workshop. I consent to participate in the workshop sessions on:
<include session dates you plan to attend>
February 4, 2021
February 11, 2021