February 10, 2006 Meeting Summary


  1. The Chair welcomed new Order-in-Council Board member Michael Francis, attending his first Board meeting since being appointed in December 2005. 
  2. The Chair introduced Mr. Allan Maynard, Member of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, and Ms. Janis Horne, Director, Alumni Relations, and Executive Director, Alumni Association, who gave a short presentation on the activities of the Alumni Association.

A. Finance and Administration

  1. Donations: the Board noted donations to existing funds in the amount of $585,273 for November 2005.
  2. The Board received for information a copy of the presentation being used by the Vice-President, Finance and Administration in consultations about the 2006/2007 Budget.
  3. The Board approved a revision to Policy AD 1.06, Commercial Activities and Advertising, effective immediately.
  4. The Board approved revised Policy AD 11.01, Purchasing Policy, effective immediately, and the consequential deletion of 12 related policies.
  5. The Board approved the revision of GP 29 - Search Committees for Vice-Presidents and Associate Vice-Presidents, dated February 7, 2006.  The policy had been approved by Senate with minor changes on February 6, 2006.
  6. The Board noted for information the Financial Year-to-Date Position as at December 31, 2005.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved:
  • the M.Ed., M.A., and Ph.D. in Educational Technology and Learning Design in the Faculty of Education.
  • the Bachelor of Arts in Health Sciences (Major, Honors, and Minor in Health Sciences) offered by the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • the Masters of Science in Population and Public Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • the deletion of the Certificate in Women’s Studies.
  • the Terms of Reference of the Simons Foundation International Endowment Fund.
  • the extended Minor in the Asia-Canada Program, and deletion of the Asia-Canada Minor Program.
  • the collaborative Major in First Nations Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences between SFU (Kamloops) and Thompson Rivers University, and a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in First Nations Studies.
  • the Minor in Legal Studies, and the Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Legal Studies in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • the Joint Major in Computational Linguistics in the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Applied Sciences.
  • the Graduate Diploma in Global Health in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  • the terms of reference for the Merck Frosst Chair in Statistics and Information Sciences of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases in the Faculty of Health Sciences.
  1. The Board noted that Senate dealt with a number of other issues at its meetings of December 5, 2005 and January 9,2006.
  2. The Board heard that the Academic Operations Committee discussed the paper on International Student Recruitment at its meeting of January 19, 2006.
  3. The Board heard that that Dr. Walter Wattamaniuk, Director, Analytical Studies, made a brief presentation about the 15th Annual Maclean’s Rankings at the Academic Operations Committee meeting of December 15, 2005.
  4. The Board received the 2005/2006 Faculty Renewal Plan for information.
  5. The Board approved the revision to the terms of reference and membership of the Academic Operations Committee dated January 19, 2006, to take effect immediately.

C.  Other

  1. The Board was informed of the 3-year reappointment of Alumni Order-in-Council Board member P. Rafferty.
  2. The Board was informed of progress with regard to the following research initiatives:
  • the renewal for a further 3 years of Vancouver’s Centre of Excellence for Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM), directed at SFU by Professor Don DeVoretz.
  • SFU’s selection, under the Canada Foundation for Innovation Exceptional Opportunities Program, to lead a consortium of 9 Canadian universities working at TRIUMF on the European-based Atlas Data Analysis Hub.
  • $700,000 in funding secured through the Western Economic Diversification fund for the upgrade of the magnetic resonance facility at SFU to be used by SFU researchers, the BC biotechnology sector, and Genome Canada as one of its platform technologies.
  1. The Board was introduced to Susan Jamieson-McLarnon, Acting Director of Media and Public Relations who will attend Board meetings as SFU media representative until the selection of a new Director.


A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board received a Capital Construction Program Status Report for information.
  2. The Board approved amendments to the approved business case for the Health Sciences Building, including a revision of its occupancy date to January 2008, and approved that a contract be awarded to Bird Construction Limited for completion of the formwork package.
  3. The Board noted that a potential Affiliation Agreement with IBT Education Limited was withdrawn from the Board agenda pending further discussion within the University community and at Senate on March 6, 2006.
  4. The Board approved that the University recommend to the SFU Foundation the purchase of 20 units in UniverCity’s Verdant development to assist in the recruitment of first-rate faculty and staff by offering limited-term rental accommodation.
  5. The Board approved in principle a revision to the University’s Coat of Arms and Flag.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    1. Dr. Elliot Goldner, Prof. with tenure, Health Sciences, 1 Jan 06
    2. Dr. Julian Somers, Associate Professor, Health Sciences, 1 Jan 06 – 31 Aug 09
    3. Dr. Christina Dehler, Assistant Professor, Education, 1 Sep 06 – 31 Aug 10
    4. Dr. Margaret Hawkins, Associate Prof. with tenure, Education, 1 Jul 06
    5. Dr. Helena Pohlandt-McCormick, Assistant Professor, History, 1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10
    6. Dr. Charlotte Waddell, Associate Prof. with tenure, Health Sciences, 1 Mar 06
    7. Dr. Valorie Crooks, Assistant Professor, Geography, 1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10
    8. Dr. Paul Sedra, Assistant Professor, History, 1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10
    9. Dr. John Peloza, Assistant Professor, Business Administration, 1 Aug 06 - 31 Aug 10
    10. Dr. Alison Ayers, Assistant Professor, Poliical Science, 1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10
    11. Dr. Patricia Brantingham, RCMP University Chair in Computational Criminology, Criminology, 1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 10
    12. Dr. Paul Brantingham, RCMP University Chair in Crime Analysis, Criminology, 1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 10 
  1. Administrative Appointments
  2. There were no administrative appointments

  3. Other

The Board approved a modified contract in the Department of English and an early retirement in the Faculty of Education.

C. Other

  1. The Board heard an update on the School for the Contemporary Arts initiative.
  2. The Board heard that a memorial service was held on January 28, 2006 for students Brendan Midgley and Joseph Stryjak, who tragically fell to their deaths in Burnaby Mountain Park on January 14, 2006, and that their families have established a bursary fund to honour their memory.
  3. The Board heard a progress report about transitional arrangements and strategic planning in Student Services.
  4. Other matters were discussed.


  1. The Board re-elected Dr. Saida Rasul as Chair of the Board for the following 12 months, and re-elected Ms. Pauline Rafferty as Deputy Chair of the Board until July 27, 2006.
  2. The Board approved the new position of Associate Vice-President, Research, effective September 1, 2006.
  3. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 23, 2006 in the Halpern Centre Room 126, Simon Fraser University Burnaby.

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