SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT, 2008
In 1983, Evaleen Jaager Roy was a student representative on SFU’s Board of Governors. Sixteen years later in 1999 she was back on the board again, this time as the Chair. She holds the distinction of having been elected as Chair for three consecutive terms as well as being the first SFU graduate to become Chair. Her impressive career in Finance and HR has taken her to General Motors, Westcoast Energy, and for nearly a decade leading HR with Electronic Arts, in Canada, Europe, and globally. Within EA, Evaleen also led their community outreach work outside of the US which focuses on inspiring disadvantaged youth, and helping sick and needy children.
Today she is the Principal of Jaager Roy Advisory Inc., a firm advising CEOs and corporations on strategy and leadership. She is currently working with leading edge companies and foundations, both here in Canada and internationally.
Evaleen earned her MBA from the prestigious Harvard Business School on a GM Fellowship and completed the HR Executive Education program at Queen’s University.
Everyone at SFU who has worked with Evaleen speaks highly of her exceptional abilities and enthusiasm including President Emeriti Bill Saywell and Jack Blaney and Chancellor Emeritus Joe Segal, to name just a few. As Board Chair, she unified the board as a governing team, enhanced the strategic and long term focus of the board, and hired SFU’s 8th president, Dr. Michael Stevenson.
In the wider community, Evaleen has contributed her time and expertise to the YWCA Metro Vancouver as a board member for many years, the Seeing is Believing organization, Action Canada, the BC Lotteries Board and the Vancouver Economic Development Commission’s Blue Ribbon Council.
She also published her first book Four Chefs One Garden in 2010, which went on to win the Griffin Prize at the Surrey International Writer’s Conference.
Currently Chair of the Board at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, she also serves on the Advisory Board of the Jack Austin Centre for Asia Studies at Simon Fraser University (SFU). In 2009 she received an SFU Outstanding Alumni Award and in 2011 was a Vancouver Influential Business Woman Award recipient. She was presented with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 for service to Canada and was named a Trudeau Foundation Mentor in 2013.