September 30, 2010 Meeting Summary

Board Members present:  M. Francis, Chair, A. Petter, President;
A. Barton; L. Brown-Ganzert; A. Dhillon; B. Elton; A. Giardini;
J. McPhee; G. Myers; R. Patel; P. Percival; B. Taylor

Regrets:  P. Dhillon; B. Louie; N. MacKay


A. Finance and Administration

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


    Fundraising Progress Reports
    For Information
    2010/2011 Year to Date

    To July 31, 2010



    To August 31, 2010


  2. The Board approved Terms of Reference for the:

  • Jill Buchanan Education Bursary;
  • Public Knowledge Project Support and Development Fund. 
  1. The Board received for information a summary of parking rates and changes since the completion of the 2007 Parking Management Plan, as well as correspondence on this matter from a concerned faculty member.

  2. The Board received the University's Statement of Financial Information for the year ended March 31, 2010.

  3. The Board noted for information SFU's confirmation to the Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development of the University's first quarter budget forecast and projections for 2010/11 to 2013/14.

  4. The Board noted for information the Year-to-Date Budget to Actual Variance Report as of July 31, 2010.

  5. The Board approved the re-appointment of Mr. Todd Mundle as a Trustee of the Administrative/Union Pension Plan Board representing the University for the period December 1, 2010 to November 30, 2013.

B. Academic Operations

  1. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate:

  • Closure of the Collaborative Major Program with Thompson Rivers University in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, effective January 2011;
  • Creation of the First Nations Language Centre as a Research Centre based in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences for a five-year term;
  • Full Program Proposals for a Certificate in Correctional Studies; a Certificate in Forensic Studies; a Certificate in Legal Studies, and a Minor and Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Police Studies in the School of Criminology in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences;
  • The Full Program Proposal for a Certificate in French and Education in the Faculties of Arts and Social Sciences and Education;
  • The Full Program Proposal for a SFU/ZU Dual Masters of Science and PhD Degrees in Computing Science in the Faculty of Applied Sciences. 
  1. The Board approved an amendment to Policy S.10.03, University Board on Student Discipline, effective immediately.

  1. Other matters dealt with by Senate on September 13, 2010 were noted.

C. External Relations 
  1. The Board received for information the University's 2009/10 Report to the Community.

D. Other

  1. The Board Chair welcomed Professor Andrew Petter to his first Board meeting as the University's new President and Vice-Chancellor.
  2. The Board Chair acknowledged with sadness the death on September 7, 2010 of Dr. Warren Gill, Vice-President, University Relations.
  3. The Board heard an update from A. Petter on activities in which he has been engaged since assuming the presidency.
  4. Board members were reminded that Convocation ceremonies are scheduled in Burnaby on October 7 and 8, 2010 and that the Installation of the President will take place on the morning of October 7.
  5. The Board received a report from the Vice-President, Research, on research-related matters and notable achievements.  The Board was informed that Alectos Therapeutics, an SFU spinoff company led by Dr. David Vocadlo, has embarked on a research partnership with Merck & Co. to develop potential therapies for Alzheimer's disease.
  6. The Board received an update from the Vice-President, Academic on Admissions and Enrollment for the fall 2010 semester, and a summary of results of a number of student surveys.


A. Finance and Administration

  1. The Board received fundraising progress reports for July and August 2010.
  2. The Board approved the renewal of an educational services agreement between SFU and Navitas Education, Ltd. for Fraser International College, effective April 1, 2011.
  3. The Board received for information a Capital Projects and Planning Program Status Report as of September 1, 2010.
  4. The Board engaged in a preliminary discussion about the University's budget for fiscal year 2011/12.
  5. Other matters were discussed.

B. Academic Operations

  1. Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

    1. Dr. Byron Gates, Chemistry, re-appointed Tier II Canada Research Chair in Surface Chemistry, 1 Jan 10 - 31 Dec 14
    2. Dr. Yuezhi Zhao, Communication, re-appointed Tier II Canada Research Chair in Political Economy of Global Communication, 1 Sep 09 - 31 Aug 14
    3. Dr. Gwenn Flowers, Earth Sciences, re-appointed Tier II Canada Research Chair in Glaciology, 1 Jan 10 - 31 Dec 14
    4. Dr. Woo Soo Kim, Assistant Professor, Engineering Science, 1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 14
    5. Dr. Dawn C. Mackey, Assistant Professor, Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology, 1 Jul 11 - 31 Aug 15
    6. Ms. Barbara Sanders, Assistant Professor, Statistics & Actuarial Science, 1 Aug 10 - 31 Aug 14
    7. Dr. Jonathan W. Moore, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences/Resource & Environmental Management, 1 Jan 11 - 31 Aug 14 and Liber Ero Chair in Coastal Studies, 1 Jan 11 - 31 Dec 15
    8. Dr. Martin Ordonez, Assistant Professor, Engineering Science, 1 Jan 11 - 31 Aug 14
    9. Dr. Charmaine Dean, re-appointed Burnaby Mountain Professor, Statistics & Actuarial Science, 1 Sep 11 - 31 Aug 16
    10. Dr. Zamir Punja, re-appointed Burnaby Mountain Professor, Biological Sciences, 1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 15
    11. Dr. Eleanor Stebner, re-appointed J.S. Woodsworth Chair in Humanities, Humanities, 1 May 10 - 30 Apr 15
    12. Dr. Paul Dutton, re-appointed Jack and Nancy Farley Professor in History, Humanities, 1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 15
  1. Administrative Appointments

The following administrative appointments were appproved and have been accepted:

  1. Dr. Andrew Wister, re-appointed Chair, Gerontology, 1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 13
  2. Dr. Alison Beale, Director, Communication, 1 Sep 10 - 31 Aug 13
  3. Dr. Frank Gobas, Director, Resource & Environmental Management, 19 Jun 10 - 18 Jun 13 
  1. Other

The Board approved:

    1. A modified appointment, Sociology & Anthropology, 1 Jan 11 - 31 Dec 11 
    2. A 50% transfer in Political Science to the Urban Studies Program, 1 Sep 10 

C. External Relations 

  1. The Board received for information an update on Government Relations matters.
  2. The Board received for information University Advancement's Fundraising Summary for 2009/10.

D. Other 

  1. The Board received for information President Stevenson's final Activity Report for July and August 2010.
  2. President Petter informed the Board of his intention to reconfigure the Universitiy Relations portfolio into an External Relations portfolio, and reported that the search for a Vice-President, External Relations will commence as soon as possible. He also reported that effective immediately, Alumni Relations will be transferred to an expanded Advancement and Alumni Engagement (VPAAE) portfolio under Cathy Daminato.
  3. The Board was informed of the intent for the Board Office to dispense with the distribution of paper materials for Board meetings in favour of acces to meeting documents on a secure web site. It is expected that this process will roll out by January 2011.
  4. The Board heard a report on matters discussed at the Governance Committee meetings held on July 22 and September 27, 2010.
  5. Other matters were discussed.  


  1. The Board approved the Annual Performance Review recommendations for the Senior Executive Group.
  2. The Board approved a new Emeritus Policy B 10.13 for past presidents, board chairs and chancellors, and awarded the title of President Emeritus to Dr. Michael Stevenson in recognition of his ten years of exceptional service to SFU.
  3. The Board received for information the President's Agenda for 2010/11 and were informed that a Strategic Vision for the University is under development.
  4. Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors Meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 25, 2010 in the Halpern Centre, Room 126, SFU Burnaby.

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