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January 16, 2009
Obama inauguration
U.S. president-elect Barack Obama will be inaugurated Jan. 20. SFU experts Andrew von Nordenflycht, an assistant professor in business who specializes in corporate governance—and is a former volunteer for Obama’s campaign—and Jean-Francois Godbout, who studies U.S. politics, can comment on the event and Obama’s role as president. Political science professor Alexander Moens, who wrote a biography on President George W. Bush and studies the U.S. presidency and Canada-U.S. relations, can also provide comment. He is currently working on a project aimed at identifying Canadian interests at stake in future American relations and what Obama’s proposals will mean for Canada.

Andrew von Nordenflycht, 778.782.7720;
Jean-Francois Godbout, 778.782.8408; (speaks French)
Alexander Moens, 778.782.4361;

Impact of Nortel bankruptcy
Despite filing for bankruptcy Canadian telecom industry star Nortel is unlikely to pull out of its Olympic sponsorship deal, says Peter Tingling, an SFU assistant professor of business, who can comment on the impact of the company’s financial situation and on their corporate sponsorship commitment.

Peter Tingling, 778.782.3473;

Exports dropping
A fourth straight month of declines in exports has almost cut in half Canada’s trade surplus to $1.3 billion. SFU economist Richard Harris can talk about the impact of a 15 per cent drop in prices for energy exports. Statistics Canada says the decline is the major reason for the drop in Canada’s trade surplus and an overall drop in the country’s exports.

Richard Harris, 778.782.3795,

Developers should prepare for more flooding
Chilliwack is one of nine B.C. communities that have been given the go-ahead to apply for disaster financial assistance in the wake of flooding and mudslides. SFU geographer Jeremy Venditti says we can’t fight Mother Nature. But developers and municipalities can start strategizing to cope with an anticipated increase in winter flooding in the Fraser Valley as a result of climate change. “Restricting development to higher elevation portions of flood plains is really the best way to avoid inundation during floods,” says Venditti.

Jeremy Venditti, 778.782.3488, 604.767.2247 (cell),;


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