May 30, 2019

More than 170 people have already registered!

Join us on Thursday, May 30 for our AGM!

Our AGM is one of the biggest and most engaging events we host each year, and it isn't what you might typically expect!

At this event we offer:

With more than 250 people attending each year, we've had to move locations! This year, we'll be in the Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts (149 W. Hastings St.) 

Alumni AGM

Since its inception in 1969, the SFU Alumni Association has had a profound impact on alumni, students and the community. During the AGM learn about the latest accomplishments of the Association and hear updates regarding SFU.

Feature presentation, "BIG IDEAS": Following the AGM, you'll have the opportunity to hear from a diverse group of alumni who were inspired to do something different. Whether it be societal change, technological innovation, knowledge distribution or the enhancement of arts and culture, learn about their sources of inspiration, challenges faced and factors that contributed to their accomplishments.


5:00 p.m. – Registration and reception

6:00 p.m. – AGM

6:30 p.m. – Featured presentation

7:30 p.m. – Reception 


Dress: Business casual

Location: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

Complimentary food, cash bar

Featured presenters

Sandy Wilson, BA '70

  • Charter alumnus 
  • Outstanding Alumni Award for Arts & Culture ('86)

Sandy Wilson is a film director and screenwriter who has been making films since 1968. She’s probably best known for the award winning, international hit My American Cousin (1985) – a movie acknowledged as an essential film from Canada’s history. Other notable great films include He’s Not The Walking Kind, and Pen Hi Grad (available at To date, Wilson has directed 19 projects, including a combination of short films, short documentaries, TV movies, and feature films. Ironically, Wilson never intended to become a film maker, though when she heard that there were cute guys in the film workshop at SFU, she enrolled, and unknowingly found her career passion as a result – and is still friends with those cute guys today. 

Amyn Rajan, BSc Hons '93

Amyn Rajan is a self-proclaimed serial entrepreneur, and one who clearly knows what he's doing. A Business in Vancouver Top 40 Under 40 recipient, Rajan built and sold two successful companies; in 2010 his company, Simba Technologies, was awarded the BC Technology Innovation Association (BCTIA) Award for Excellence in Product Innovation. Many of his software clients have included the likes of Amazon, Google, Microsoft, and SAP. A core focus that has set Rajan apart in his industry has been his devotion towards increasing the representation of women in the technology sector. To date, Rajan has worked closely with SFU, UBC, UVIC, and NSERC to establish a series of endowment funds and a Chair for Women in Science and Engineering to support women studying in technology and engineering. 

Karm Sumal, BBA '05

While working working as a full-time Chartered Professional Accountant, Karm Sumal spends significant time as the Co-Founder and CEO of Daily Hive (previously Vancity Buzz); the site began as a Vancouver-based news blog in 2008, and has since grown into a national news service that garners over fourteen million page views each month. Daily Hive's Twitter, Instagram and Facebook sites boast almost one million followers. In 2017, Vancouver Magazine named Karm and his business partners among the 50 most powerful and influential people in Vancouver's political, tech, education, and business sectors. When he's not sending emails or attending meetings, you'll likely find him playing video games, eating burgers, admiring street art, or watching The Simpsons.

Amanda Zanette, BA '05, PDP '07, MEd '13

Amanda Zanette is a Grade 5/6 elementary school teacher and published author who has a vision that every child becomes an independent, empathetic and critical thinker. Zanette incorporates a unique approach in her teaching by engaging students in a year-long role-playing activity called, "The City Game." The program involves students learning to make choices regarding the management of their learning and infuses life-skills such as, financial literacy, career exploration and effective communication skills. The City Game has been adopted by numerous teachers across multiple school districts in BC. Zanette provides professional development workshops to teachers. After 11 years of playing the game, she continues to enjoy seeing her students become reflective and engaged learners, create and implement city jobs of their choosing and to see the skills being transferred within the students’ own community.

MODERATOR: Anne Giardini, BA '80

Anne Giardini, O.C., O.B.C., Q.C., became Simon Fraser University’s 11th Chancellor in the spring of 2014. An executive, lawyer, director and writer, Giardini was president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited after serving as Weyerhaeuser's General Counsel. A long-time leader within Canada’s resource industry, she has served on many related boards including B.C.’s Council of Forest Industries, the Alberta Forest Products Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, and, as Chair, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. She currently serves on the boards of CMHC, TransLink, HydroOne, BC Achievement, and WWF-Canada among others and is an honorary patron of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. Giardini is the author of two novels and co-editor of a collection of writing advice. She has been Chair of the Vancouver Writers Festival and a board member of the Writers Trust of Canada. 

Pre-AGM workshop: Become a networking ninja

Not quite a networking ninja? Need help improving your networking skills? Before the start of the AGM, join Tony Botelho, SFU’s own networking ninja and Career Services Director, for a lively, entertaining and highly interactive session. While enjoying complimentary drinks and appetizers, Tony will lead you through his effective three-step event networking process, have you practice within the confines of our private reception area before sending you into the main reception where you can immediately put your stills into practice with increased confidence.

Please note that there are only 30 spaces available. $10 per person.


4:20 p.m. – Check in

4:30 p.m. – Workshop begins

5:30 p.m. – Workshop concludes and attendees join the AGM reception


Dress: Business casual

Location: Visual Arts Room, SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts

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