PhD (Engl), 1989
MA (Engl), 1983
SFU OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENT, 2008
Dr. Jennifer Allen Simons is the founder and President of The Simons Foundation, a private charitable foundation with a mission focused on nuclear disarmament, global cooperation, international law and human security, social justice and education. As an award-winning educator, thought leader and policy advisor, Dr. Simons and her foundation have supported major international peace initiatives, providing critical financial support, convening international leaders in policy dialogue, and driving academic research. She has increased awareness and social consciousness by initiating and funding important peace-focused educational programs at SFU and beyond, including professorships, lectureships, citizenship and graduate research awards, fellowships and bursaries. While she is deserving of recognition for the significant funding she has provided to help create a more peaceful and just society, it is her personal commitment to this vision that makes her much more than simply an important philanthropist. She has worked tirelessly for the cause of global peace and security, and is an active advocate and expert on nuclear disarmament. Her partnerships with other NGOs, academic institutions, the Government of Canada, international governments, and the United Nations have made her an important and effective actor in the quest for global peace. Among her many awards and acknowledgements, she has been honored for her community leadership with SFU’s Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Award in 1996, the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2003, and the Vancouver Citizens Peace Award in 2006.
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