September 28, 2006 Meeting Summary


The Board welcomed Mr. Bob Elton, attending his first meeting since being appointed by Order‑in-Council to a three-year term.

A. Finance and Administration

  1. Donations: The Board noted donations to new and existing funds as follows:




March 2006 (supplementary) $1,000 ----------------
June 2006 ---------------- $379,133
July 2006 ---------------- $480,316
  1. The Board approved revised rental rates for Louis Riel House for October 1, 2006 to August 31, 2007.  A new Residence Management Plan is being developed which will be brought back to the Board at a later date.
  2. The Board noted for information the Financial Year-to Date Position through August 31, 2006.
  3. The Board approved amendments to the 2006/2007 Operating Budget.
  4. The Board received the University’s Statement of Financial Information for the year ended March 31, 2006.
  5. The Board approved three motions from the final Report of the Working Group on Access Issues directing the University to strive to sustain the existing level of bursary funding, to develop a set of indicators to better track access and the impacts of funding levels so that the consequences of policy decisions regarding tuition levels and scholarship and bursary funding can be assessed, and to ask that the Senate Policy Committee on Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries take on responsibility for reviewing and monitoring this information and include reference to it in its annual report.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:
  • the creation of the Centre for Operations Research and Decision Sciences (CORDS) as a Schedule B Centre;
  • the creation of the Centre for Comparative Study of Muslim Societies and Cultures as a Schedule A Centre;
  • the creation of the Stephen Jarislowsky Chair in Religion and Cultural Change to be known as the “Jarislowsky Chair in Cultural Change.”
  1. The Board noted for information the 2005 Narrative Report on Employment Equity, dated September 12, 2006.

C. Other

  1. The Board heard a brief report from President Stevenson about his recent visits to SFU's partner institutions in China and Korea.
  2. The Board heard more information about the province's "Campus 2020" formal review of post-secondary education and the series of open meeting consultations to be held across B.C.
  3. The Board was informed that the Chair and the President would be attending events on September 29, 2006 at The University of British Columbia on the occasion of the Installation of its new President, Professor Stephen Toope.
  4. The Board was informed that Student Board Member, Shawn Hunsdale, resigned effective September 12, 2006, and that the Registrar's Office will be holding a by-election for his replacement.
  5. The Board learned that TRIUMF, Canada's national laboratory for particle and nuclear physics, is becoming an incorporated body, TRIUMF Accelerators Inc.
  6. The Board heard a brief enrolment update for Fall 2006.
  7. The Board heard a progress report on work around the visual identity/branding process underway at SFU.
  8. The Board was informed that 2 projects have been selected to receive funding from the Community Trust Endowment Fund - Education and Outcomes in Diverse Communities: An Interdisciplinary Approach, led by Professor Jane Friesen, Economics, and Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology for Medical Application, led by Professor Neil Branda, Chemistry.
  9. The Board learned that the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced an $8.17 million Exceptional Opportunities Award for the Canadian Tier-1 Data Analysis Centre for the ATLAS Experiment led by SFU's Professor Michael Vetterli, Physics.  In addition, proposals worth approximately $2.3 million each from Professor Willie Davidson, Centre for Forensic Research, and from Professor Paul Percival, the Muon Beamline at TRIUMF, have entered the second round of competition.
  10. The Board heard a report on the successful events held for the official opening of SFU Surrey and its Open House on September 8 and 9 respectively.
  11. The Board was informed that on October 13, 2006, Western Economic Diversifiation Canada will officially open the High-Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Facility, housed in the Department of Chemistry.


A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board received a major capital projects reort as at August 31, 2006.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    1. Dr. Faird Golnaraghi, Prof. with tenure, Eng. Science, 1 Aug 06, and Burnaby Mountain Endowed Professorship, 1 Aug 06 - 31 Jul 11
    2. Dr. Andrew Lawson, Prof. with tenure, and CRC Tier I, Health Sciences, 1 Sep 07 
    3. Dr. Paulo Horta, Asst. Prof., Humanities, 1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10 
    4. Dr. Ahmad B. Rad, Prof. with tenure, Eng. Science, 1 Jan 07 
    5. Dr. Mehrdad Moallem, Prof. with tenure, Eng. Science, 1 May 07
    6. Dr. Michelle Nilson, Asst. Professor, Education, 1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10 
    7. Dr. Halil Erhan, Asst. Professor, SIAT, 1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10 
    8. Dr. Shahin Dashtgard, Asst. Professor, Earth Sciences, 1 Jan 07 - 31 Aug 10 
    9. Dr. Steve Marshall, Asst. Professor, Education, 1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10 
    10. Dr. Edward Mills, Asst. Professor, Health Sciences, 1 Sep 06 - 31 Aug 10
    11. Dr. Nathalie Sinclair, Asst. Professor, Education, 1 Jan 07 - 31 Aug 10 
    12. Dr. Lesley Shannon, Asst. Professor, Eng. Science, 1 Oct 06 - 31 Aug 10 
    13. Dr. Parvaneh Saeedi, Asst. Professor, Eng. Science, 1 Jan 07 - 31 Aug 10 
    14. Dr. Carlo Menon, Asst. Professor, Eng. Science, 1 Jan 07 - 31 Aug 10 
    15. Dr. Robert Hogg, Prof. with tenure, Health Sciences, 1 Nov 06
    16. Dr. Ernie Love, RBC Financial Professor in Technology and Innovation, Business Admin., 1 Sep 05 - 31 Aug 06
  1. Other

    The Board approved a modified appointment in the School for the Contemporary Arts from September 1, 2006 to April 30, 2007.

C. Other

  1. The Board heard a report from Board member, Barry Macdonald, who is a member of the Simon Fraser University Community Corporation Board of Directors.
  2. Other matters were discussed.


  1. The Board approved the appointment of Mr. Denis Bérubé as Acting Associate Vice-President, Financial Services, from September 1, 2006 to April 1, 2007.
  2. The Board approved the President's Agenda dated September 22, 2006, which will be forwarded to Senate for information.
  3. The Board approved the Annual Performance Review recommendations for the Senior Executive Group.
  4. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 30, 2006 in the Halpern Centre Room 126, Simon Fraser University Burnaby.

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