November 24, 2005 Meeting Summary


  1. The Chair introduced Mr. Michael Markwick who gave a brief statement to the Board on behalf of the Ethical Procurement Task Force in support of the Ethical Procurement Policy.

A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved a new Ethical Procurement Policy.
  2. Donations: the Board approved terms of reference and noted donations to new and existing funds, as follows:
July 2005 supplementary $55,657 --------
September 2005 $98,456 $2,416,874
October 2005 $20,050 $388,415
May 2005 (supplementary) $1,000 --------
  1. The Board approved the SFU Community Trust Endowment Terms of Reference.
  2. The Board approved the reappointment of Mr. Elio Fata as a Trustee of the Administrative/Union Pension Plan Board representing CUPE for the period December 1, 2005 to November 30, 2008.
  3. The Board noted for information the 2005 Due Diligence Report.
  4. The Board noted for information the Financial Year-To Date Position as at September 30, 2005.
  5. The Board discussed revisions to the Statement of Purchasing Policy and Responsibility, AD 11.01.

B. Academic Operations
  1. The Board approved:
  • the change of title of the Forest Renewal BC Endowed Chair in Terrain Analysis and Forest Geoscience to the Forest Renewal BC Chair in Resource Geoscience and Geotechnics.
  • the establishment of a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Environmental Education.
  • the deletion of the Intermediate and Elementary Mathematics Education (MA, MEd) program.
  • the establishment of a PhD in Education, Mathematics Education Stream
  1. The Board noted that Senate dealt with a number of other issues at its meetings of October 3, 2005 and November 7, 2005.
C. Other

  1. The Board approved revisions to section 9 of the Rules of the Board of Governors – Policy B10.01, and approved an Annual Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement to be completed by Board members starting in 2006.
  2. The Board heard that the Nominating Committee will be meeting to bring recommendations to the February 10, 2006 meeting of the Board for the election of a Chair and Deputy Chair for 2006.
  3. The Board heard that the Office of the Auditor General is reviewing the financial oversight functions and processes of organizations in the provincial public sector.  SFU's Audit Committee was selected to be part of this review. 
  4. The Board heard a report from the Vice-President, Academic about SFU’s performance in the Maclean’s 2005 University Rankings.
  5. The Board heard a report from the Vice-President, Academic about undergraduate domestic and international student recruitment and retention issues.
  6. The Board heard that the following faculty members have received awards:
  • Drs. K. Douglas, N. Forde, M. O’Neill and M. Morrow - The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research 2005 Scholars
  • Dr. H. Weinberg (jointly with VSM MedTech Ltd.) – The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Synergy Award for Innovation
  • Dr. J. Pei – The BC Innovation Council’s Young Innovator Award
  • Dr. M. Pinto – The BC Innovation Council’s Frontiers in Research Award


A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board approved an amendment to the Approved Plan for SFU Surrey and approved that a contract be awarded to Bird Construction for fit-out of the 4th floor Galleria and cold-to-warm conversion of the 5th floor Galleria.

  2. The Board approved an amendment to the Approved Plan for the Technology and Science Complex – Module 2 and approved that a contract be awarded to Stuart Olson Construction Limited for the completion of work package #4.
  3. The Board received for information a report on the Reaching New Heights Capital Campaign.
  4. Other matters were discussed.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    1. Dr. Peter Ruben, Prof. with tenure, Kinesiology,
      1 May 06, and Burnaby Mountain Professorship,
      1 May 06 - 30 Apr 11
    2. Dr. Őzlem Sensoy, Assistant Professor, Education,
      1 Jan 06 – 31 Aug 09
    3. Dr. Paul Crowe, Assistant Professor, Humanities,
      1 Jan 06 – 31 Aug 09
  1. Administrative Appointments
    1. Dr. Peter Ruben, Director, Kinesiology,
      1 May 06 - 30 Apr 11
  2. The Board approved the following administrative appointment:

  1. Other

The Board approved an early retirement in Kinesiology, a departmental transfer from joint Archaeology and Sociology/Anthropology to Archaeology, and a Professor Emerita designation in French.

C. Other

  1. The Board heard that Professor Emeritus Richard Lipsey will receive the 2005 Gold Medal awarded by The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.
  2. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Friday, February 10, 2006 in Strategy Room 320 at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, Simon Fraser University Vancouver.

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