July 24, 2008 Meeting Summary

Board Members present:  N. McKinstry, Chair, M. Stevenson, President,  A. Barton,  P. Dhillon, B. Elton, M. Francis, K. Harding,
D. Pekarsky, P. Rafferty, B. Taylor, J. Zaichkowsky

Regrets:  B. Louie, Chancellor, N. Bocking, J. McPhee, P. Percival


A. Finance and Administration

  1. Fundraising Progress Reports: The Board noted year-to-date progress reports as follows:


    Fundraising Progress Report
    For Information
    2008/2009 Year to Date

    To May 31, 2008


    To June 30, 2008


  2. The Board approved the Terms of Reference for the:

  • Cogent Chipware Endowment Fund (supporting an undergraduate bursary in Engineering Science);
  • Criminology Student Association Annual Community Service Award;
  • Ryan Beedie Annual Bursary;
  • Maud Mary Price Scholarship in Health Sciences or Sciences;
  • John Juliani Graduate Fellowship in Theatre or Film;
  • Garner Book Publishing Award. 
  1. The Board was informed that the official opening of Blusson Hall, housing the Faculty of Health Sciences, will take place on September 17, 2008.

  2. The Board noted the Financial Year-to-Date Position to May 31, 2008.

  3. The Board received for information a report on the University's reserves to March 31, 2008.

  4. The Board approved the appointments of Drs. Robert Grauer and Christina Atansova as Trustees of the Pension Plan for Academic Staff representing faculty for two year terms ending June 30, 2010.

  5. The Boad approved a revision to Donations Policy GP 3 permitting the University to initiate and manage a self-insured gift annuity program.

  6. The Board reviewed the draft Institutional Accountability Plan and Report for the period 2008/09 to 2010/11. The Board will consider approval of the Plan at its next meeting on September 25, 2008, following which it will be submitted to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development.

  7. The Board approved the following appointments/reappointments to the SFU Foundation Board:
    Mr. Jon Festinger, appointed June 27, 207 to June 28, 2010
    Ms. Evaleen Jaager Roy, appointed August 20, 2008 to August 19, 2011
    Dr. Milton Wong, Chair, SFU Foundation, reappointed May 19, 2008 to May 20, 2011
    Dr. Brandt Louie, reappointed May 19, 208 to May 20, 2011
    Ms. Tazeem Nathoo, reappointed May 19, 2008 to May 20, 2011

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:
  • Name change from the School of Kinesiology to the Department of Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, effective April 1, 2009;
  • Full program proposal for a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Counselling and Human Development in the Faculty of Education;
  • Name for the new Faculty as the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology.
  1. The Board reviewed the timelines for action on remaining recommendations from the Report of the Phase 2 Faculty noted for information the Financial Year-to-Date Position to May 31, 2008.

  2. Other matters dealt with by Senate on June 2 and July 7, 2008 were noted.

C. Governance Committee
  1. The Board reviewed without change, the current Conflict of Interest Form, dated March 31, 2007, which is completed annnually by Board members.
  2. The Board approved the 2008 update of SFU's compliance with the Government's Best Practice Guidelines and Disclosure requirements.
  3. The Board approved the adoption of a Consent Agenda for Board and Board Committee agenda effective immediately.

D. Other

  1. The President informed the Board that SFU was holding its third annual Employee Appreciation BBQ at SFU Burnaby that day, as a way to recognize the efforts of faculty and staff in what has been a particularly challenging year for the University.
  2. N. McKinstry reported that a request from Mr. Joe Paling, President of the Simon Fraser Student Society, to make a presentation to the Board seeking support for the Society's request to the Minister of Health to grant a formal exemption for the sale, promotion and solicitation of tobacco products under the Tobacco Control Act for the leased spaces of the Student Society in the Maggie Benston Student Services Centre, had been declined on the basis that the matter resides with the legislation enacted by the provincial government and is therefore outside the Board's jurisdiction.
  3. The Board Chair gave a brief report on a meeting that she and the Board Chairs of UBC and UVic attended in Victoria on July 23, 2008 with Minister Murray Coell and Deputy Minister Robin Ciceri.
  4. The Board received a report from the Vice-President, Research on a number of recent research awards, accomplishments, initiatives and an update on Canada Research Chairs.  He also informed the Board that a positive meeting had been held on July 23, 2008 with representatives from UBC and UVic, Minister of Health, George Abbott, and Minister of Technology, Trade and Economic Development, Ida Chong, about TRIUMF's next five-year funding cycle (2010 to 2015).
  5. The Chair informed the Board that the next Board meeting will be held at SFU Surrey, on Thursday, September 25, 2008, at 3:00 p.m.


A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board heard an update on Burnaby Mountain Sport and Medical.
  2. University Advancement's 2007/2008 Fundraising Summary and copies of the 2007/2008 Report to Donors were received by the Board for information.
  3. The Board was informed that working in conjunction with The University Presidents' Council, the Board Chairs of SFU, UBC, UVic and UNBC on Jully 17, 2008 jointly signed a response directed to Minister Murray Coell regarding the proposed Government Letters of Expectation that each institution had received in June.
  4. Other matters were discussed.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    1. Dr. Jon Smith, Associate Prof. with tenure, English, 1 Sep 08
    2. Dr. Zabrina Brumme, Assistant Prof., Health Sciences, 1 Sep 09 - 31 Aug 13 
    3. Dr. Paul Tupper, Associate Prof. with tenure, Mathematics, 1 Jul 08
    4. Dr. Nilima Nigam, Associate Prof. with tenure, Mathematics, 1 Jul 08 
    5. Dr. Behraad Bahreyni, Assistant Prof., Engineering Science, 1 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 12
    6. Dr. Edward J. Park, Associate Prof., Engineering Science, 1 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 13
    7. Dr. Afua Cooper, Ruth Wynn Woodward Visiting Professor in Women's Studies, Women's Studies, 1 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 09
    8. Dr. Krzysztok Starosta, Associate Prof., Chemistry, 1 Sep 09 - 31 Aug 14
    9. Dr. Jeffrey Checkel, Professor with tenure, International Studies, 1 Nov 08
    10. Dr. Nicole Berry, Assistant Prof., Health Sciences, 1 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 12
    11. Dr. Laura Marks, reappointed Dena Wosk Professor of Contemporary Arts and Culture, Contemporary Arts, 1 Jul 08 - 30 Jun 13
    12. Dr. Denise Zabkiewicz, Assistant Prof., Health Sciences, 1 Aug 08 - 31 Aug 12 
  1. Administrative Appointments

The following administrative appointments were appproved and have been accepted:

  1. Dr. Catherine D'Andrea, Chair, Archaeology, 1 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 11
  2. Dr. Rob Gordon, Director, Criminology, 1 Sep 08 - 31 Aug 13 
  1. Other

The Board approved:

    1. A modified appointment in Sociology and Anthropology, effective 1 Sep 08 
    2. An early retirement, Kinesiology, effective 30 Apr 09

C. Governance Committee

  1. Board members were asked to complete the bi-annual Board Self-Evaluation form and return it to the Board Office.
  2. Other matters were discussed.

D. Other

  1. The Board received the President's Acitivity Report for May and June 2008 for information.
  2. The Board Chair reported that Pauline Rafferty's second (and final) term on the Board as an Alumni Order-in-Council appointee will end in February 2009.  Suggestions for new Alumni appointees were solicited and will be forwarded to the Alumni Association
  3. Other matters were discussed.


  1. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 25, 2008 in Room 5240, SFU Surrey, 13450 - 102 Avenue, Surrey, BC.

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