BA (Econ / Poli Sci), 1980
Anne Giardini, QC, was installed as SFU's 11th Chancellor in June 2014. She served on SFU’s board of governors from 2009-2014 and was a member of the Federal Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards in 2013.
Her distinguished record of community service includes such varied roles as chair of the Vancouver International Writers Festival, board member of the Writers Trust of Canada and honorary patron of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.
Since 2008, Anne has been president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, the Canadian subsidiary of the American forestry giant, Weyerhaeuser Company, headquartered in Washington State. She originally joined WC in 1994 as legal counsel and became Canadian vice-president and general counsel in 2006.
She describes herself on twitter, as a lawyer, executive, author of two novels (published by HarperCollins), SFU-fan, environmentalist, volunteer, mother, wife – a short synopsis that covers a lifetime of success.
She is the author of two successful novels, was a columnist for the National Post, and has written articles on ethics, legal, and other subjects. She is a frequent public speaker on topics such as the advancement of women in the workplace, aboriginal law, legal practice, diversity, publishing, and the pursuit of happiness.
Anne earned a BA in Economics from SFU (1980), an LLB from UBC (1984), and an LLM from Cambridge (1988).
Anne was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal in January 2013 for her fundraising efforts for Plan Canada’s “Because I’m a Girl” campaign, which supports females in Tanzania. She has also received numerous other awards for her legal acumen, business achievements, and literary prowess.
She now lives in Toronto with Tony Giardini, her husband of more than 25 years and executive vice-president and CFO of Kinross Gold. They have three grown children.