2010 Outstanding Alumni Awards

The SFU Alumni Association is pleased to congratulate the recipients of the 2010 Outstanding Alumni, who were honoured at the 2010 Outstanding Alumni Awards event on January 27, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.

  •  Mr. Norman Armour, BA '87 - Arts and Culture
  •  Ms. Mae Burrows, BA '72, MA '96 - Service to the Community
  •  Mr. Jim Chu, BBA '86 - Public Service
  •  Dr. Alan Rugman, PhD '75 - Academic Achievement

[Visit the 2010 Event Photo and Video Gallery]


Norman Armour, BA '87 - Arts and Culture
Executive Director, PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

Norman Armour is a visionary advocate for artists and audiences in Vancouver and beyond. In the almost 25 years since his graduation, he has risen to become a leader of Vancouver’s vibrant arts community. Tireless, charismatic and dedicated, Norman is greatly respected as an actor, presenter, producer, festival organizer, international programmer, educator and community leader. He is a sought after performer, with over one 100 works for stage media to his credit. He co-founded Rumble Productions and as Artistic Producer (1995-2005) established the company as a mainstay of Vancouver’s independent theatre scene. He later co-founded the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver’s annual mid-winter festival that engages audiences with adventurous contemporary performances, while promoting cultural exchange and development. As Executive Director of PuSh, Norman presents acclaimed local, national, and international artists and their works. Through mentorships, residencies, new commissions and unique initiatives, PuSh also serves Norman’s widely acknowledged commitment to the creative ambitions of artists, producers and administrators. He gives generously of his time and expertise to many arts organizations – the Greater Vancouver Cultural Alliance, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver Office of Cultural Affairs and many others – constantly pursuing his commitment to the transformative nature of art. A strong believer in the value of the arts in community building, Norman has consulted on not-for-profit organizational development, overseen outreach projects, and spearheaded much-needed public dialogue on the importance of the performing arts in society.



Jim Chu, BBA '86 - Public Service
Chief Constable, Vancouver Police Department

Jim Chu is a 32 year veteran with the Vancouver Police Department. He leads a team of 1700 sworn and civilian employees in one of the most challenging and diverse cities in Canada to police. He was born in Shanghai, China and is the first Chief in Canada of Asian descent. He has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and consensus building, and has built widespread support in various communities, including business, racial/cultural, gay/lesbian, and from those serving the marginalized. Through various strategies including groundbreaking reports, he has skillfully advocated for social and legislative change on issues such as a lack of capacity in the mental health system, sentencing for chronic offenders, the need for coordination of resources in the Downtown Eastside, and the problem of criminals migrating to Vancouver because of “non-returnable warrants”. He initiated the regional response to the 2009 “Gang War” in Metro Vancouver that resulted in a dramatic reduction in gang violence in Vancouver. During the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, the exceptional conduct of the VPD under Chief Chu’s leadership brought widespread local, national and international praise. He was a key architect of the national Police Information Portal system which currently facilitates information sharing across Canada. A strong advocate for the use of information technology in law enforcement, he has published numerous articles as well as a book on information technology and policing, and shared his expertise at conferences in North America, Europe and the Middle East. In 2007 he was invested by the Governor General as an Officer of the Order of Merit for the Police Forces.



Mae Burrows, BA '72, MA '96 - Service to the Community
Former Executive Director, Toxic Free Canada

Mae Burrows has an exceptional record of community service spanning many years. She is known as a builder of bridges between environmental, labour and community groups to promote the health of the environment. Her strategic capacity to build new relations and create alliances with diplomacy, grace and ingenuity shines throughout her work. Mae is the kind of person who is able to sustain her vision over the long haul, inspire others to come along for the journey, and to make real the powerful synergies that come from working together for a safer and healthier world. As Executive Director of Toxic Free Canada, Mae led a broad spectrum of groups to promote “Right to Know” product labeling legislation and to ban key toxic substances such as pesticides. Mae works actively with affected communities to help them reduce their risk from toxins including occupational health and safety committees, unions, school districts, municipalities, and First Nations. She is deeply committed to the right of all communities, especially those that are marginalized - an awareness she developed as an adult literacy instructor - to know what they are exposed to and to move towards eliminating dangerous toxins. She is courageous and steadfast in naming the dangers we face as our society continues to deliver toxic substances into ecosystems that impact all living things. This applies as well to her work in protecting salmon habitat. In 2008 she received the Canadian Cancer Society’s Partnership Award for her outstanding work in the area of cancer prevention. In all of her work, she maintains a strong vision of building healthy communities combined with a very practical sense of the incremental steps needed to make change. Her legacy is a healthier environment and healthier families for generations to come.



Alan Rugman, PhD '75 - Academic Achievement
Research Director & Professor, International Business, University of Reading (UK)

Dr. Alan Rugman is one of the founding scholars and leading authorities in the field of international business. His research has deeply influenced the growth of the field and its policy implications, and his theories have become integral to international business textbooks studied by students worldwide. He has published over 250 articles and 14 books dealing with the economic, managerial, and strategic aspects of multinational enterprises and trade and investment policy. He is a prolific researcher and always has a finger astutely placed on the pulse of the business world. Not only does he publish widely in business journals, he also disseminates his research and opinions through non-traditional channels including public policy studies, management and law. He spent nearly a decade as an outside advisor on free trade, foreign investment and international competitiveness to two Canadian Prime Ministers, and played a critical role in facilitating the formation of the North American Free Trade Agreement in 1994. As a dedicated and enthusiastic educator, Dr. Rugman is well-respected as an inspiring mentor to his students, peers and colleagues. Prior to joining the Henley Business School at the University of Reading, Alan held the L. Leslie Waters Chair of International Business at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, and was Thames Water Fellow in Strategic Management at Templeton College, University of Oxford. He also held tenured posts at the University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, and the University of Winnipeg, along with visiting professorships at Columbia Business School, London Business School, Harvard University, UCLA, MIT, Warwick Business School and the University of Paris-La Sorbonne.