September 25, 2014 Meeting Summary

Board Members present: B. Cunningham, Acting Chair; A. Giardini, Chancellor; A. Petter, President; D. Azevedo; J. Earthy;
J. Francis; J. Hinchliffe; J. Kim; D. Poole; F. Robin; P. Ruben; P. Sahota; J. Taylor

Regrets:  L. Brown-Ganzert, Chair


A.        Finance and Administration

a.         The Board received for information the monthly rental rates for SFU Residences for the academic year 2015/16. The
            Board was advised of an error on page 2 in the calculation of the proposed 2015/16 rates for Louis Riel only.  The
            monthly rate for a one-bedroom unit will be $855 instead of $960.  The monthly rate for a two-bedroom unit will be
            $1,005 instead of $1,006.

b.         The Board received the University’s Statement of Financial Information for the year ended March 31, 2014 and
            authorized the Chair of the Board to sign the document.

c.         The Board noted for information SFU’s confirmation to the Ministry of Advanced Education of the University’s first
            quarter budget forecast and projections for 2014/15 to 2017/18.

d.         The Board noted for information the Year-to-Date Budget to Actual Variance Report as of July 31, 2014.

B.        University Relations

a.         The Board approved the following action recommended by Senate:

  • Full Program Proposal for a Simon Fraser University – British Columbia Institute of Technology Master of Science in Ecological Restoration Joint Degree within the Faculty of Environment, effective Fall 2015.

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


Fundraising Progress Report
For Information
2014/2015 Year to Date

To June 30, 2014


To July 31, 2014


To August 31, 2014



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

  • Women in Computing Science Endowed Alumni Award;
  • The Robert Davidson Endowed Creative Entrepreneurship Award;
  • Jaspreet Johal Memorial Award;
  • Philip and Marian McClelland Memorial Endowment;
  • Minerva Foundation Annual Women in Technology Scholarship;
  • D.E. Clarke Annual Graduate Award in Computing Science;
  • Computing Science Annual Undergraduate Scholarship;
  • Advanced Syntech Corporation Post-Doctoral Fellow;
  • Dr. A.H. & Dr. Geeta Somjee Endowment Fund; and,
  • School of Engineering Science Annual Engaged Student Award.

d.         The Board received for information SFU’s September 2014 Mid-Cycle Self Evaluation Report to the Northwest
            Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) as a requirement of the process to become accredited.

C.        Other

a.         B. Cunningham, Acting Board Chair welcomed Anne Giardini, attending her first meeting since returning to the Board as
            SFU’s 11th Chancellor for a three-year term effective June 13, 2014.

b.         B. Cunningham welcomed Joy Johnson, attending her first Board meeting since being appointed Vice-President, Research
            for a five-year term effective September 1, 2014.

c.         President Petter reported on the success of the seventh annual President’s Employee Appreciation Barbeque held on
            Thursday, July 24 at SFU Burnaby.

d.         The President noted that the fall semester began successfully with a number of well attended orientation activities for
            students and for new faculty.

e.         With respect to SFU’s 50th Anniversary Campaign, President Petter informed the Board that two dinner events were held
            during the summer for Campaign Patrons and for the Council of 50.

f.          The President informed the Board that he and incoming Vice-President, Research Joy Johnson met with Federal Minister
            of State for Science and Technology Ed Holder at the Burnaby campus in August during which time Minister Holder
            toured 4D Labs and the SFU machine shop, and hosted a university-industry roundtable.

g.         President Petter reported that he hosted a dinner on September 11 to thank outgoing Deans and to welcome incoming
            Vice-President, Research Joy Johnson and four new Deans in the Library, the Beedie School of Business, and the Faculties
            of Environment, and Communication, Art and Technology.  A farewell reception for Mario Pinto, outgoing Vice-President,
            Research and President Designate of NSERC, was also held on September 9.

h.         The President informed the Board that in the 2014 QS World University Rankings, SFU ranks 222nd in the world and 12th
            in Canada, up 60 positions since 2012.  The University also ranks third in North America and 16th in the world amongst
            universities under 50 years of age in the 2014 QS rankings of the “Top 50 under 50,” and within the top 150 universities
            in the world in seven subject areas in the QS World Rankings by Subject.  In the 2014 Shanghai Jiao Academic Ranking of
            World Universities, SFU is one of the top 50 universities in the world in computing science.

i.          President Petter informed the Board that Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research will assume the lead in a number of
            innovation and entrepreneurship initiatives, including SFU’s joint partnership with Ryerson University and the Ontario
            Institute of Technology that has received federal funding under the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP) for
            the creation of the Zones of Incubation and Innovation aimed at targeting sectors in digital technologies and gaming and
            creating an innovation network.

j.          The President also reported that he and Joy Johnson, with former Vice-President, Research and President Designate of
            NSERC Mario Pinto, and Nimal Rajapakse, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences, will join the Premier’s fall trade mission to
            India. The SFU contingent will follow-up on several initiatives already underway with the Bombay Stock Exchange
            Institute and Ryerson University to create an international tech business incubator and accelerator program to support
            young Canadian and Indian entrepreneurs in fast tracking start-ups in the area of digital media, and with India Oil
            Corporation to develop a research partnership in hydrogen and fuel cell research.

k.         The President indicated that SFU Public Square’s third annual Community Summit will take place from October 19 to 24,
            2014 around the theme Innovation: The Shock of the Possible.  In particular, he highlighted Will Innovation Save us? an
            evening of discussion on October 22 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre featuring Ray Kurzweil and Richard Florida, and
            moderated by CBC’s Amanda Lang.

l.          The Board received a report from Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research, on research-related matters and notable

m.        The Board received a report from Pat Hibbitts, Vice-President, Finance and Administration, summarizing the major
            activities and initiatives in the departments within her portfolio as of September 2014.

n.         The Board reviewed the report from Jon Driver, Vice-President, Academic on various academic-related matters.  It
            included highlights from the Senate meetings of May 20, June 9 and July 7, 2014.  The Board was also provided with
            copies of the Annual Report on Aboriginal Initiatives 2013 produced by the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.


A.        Finance and Administration

a.         The Board received for information a Capital Projects and Planning Program Status Report as of September 2014.

b.         The Board engaged in a preliminary discussion about the University’s budget for fiscal year 2015/16.

c.         The Board received for information the CAUBO synopsis of the University Investment Survey on Endowment and Pension
            Funds as at December 31, 2013.

d.         The draft minutes of and excerpts from the report to the Investment Advisory Committee meeting of April 29, 2014 were
            received by the Board for information.

B.        University Relations

a.         Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

  • Dr. Ping Tan, Assistant Professor, Computing Science, 6 Aug 14 – 31 Aug 18
  • Dr. Luke Bornn, Assistant Professor, Statistics and Actuarial Science, 1 Jan 15 – 31 Aug 18
  • Dr. Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Professor with tenure, Interactive Arts and Technology, 1 Sept 14
  • Dr. Elizabeth Cooper, Assistant Professor, International Studies, 1 Sep 14 – 31 Aug 18
  • Dr. Francesco Berna, Assistant Professor, Archaeology, 1 Sep 14 – 31 Aug 18
  • Dr. Scott Lear, Reappointed Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention Research, Health Sciences, 1 Sep 14 – 31 Aug 19
  • Dr. Loren G. Kaake, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, 1 Sep 14 – 31 Aug 18
  • Dr. Jie Mein Goh, Assistant Professor, Beedie School of Business, 1 Jan 15 – 31 Aug 19
  • Dr. Valorie Crooks, Geography, Tier II Canada Research Chair in Health Geography for a five year term effective 1 Sep 14
  • Dr. Jian Pei, Computing Science, Tier I Canada Research Chair in Big Data Science for a seven year term 1 May 14
  • Dr. Paul Tupper, Mathematics, re-appointed Tier II Canada Research Chair in Computational Methods for Stochastic Differential Equations for a five year term 1 Jul 14

b.         Administrative Appointments

The following administrative appointments were approved and have been accepted:

  • Professor Blaize Reich, Beedie School of Business, Dean (Pro Tem), 1 Sep 14 – 31 Dec 15
  • Dr. Nimal Rajapakse, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Reappointed Dean, 1 Sep 14 – 31 Aug 19
  • Dr. Habib Chaudhury, Gerontology, Chair, 1 Sep 14 – 31 Aug 17
  • Dr. Tracy Brennand, Geography, Chair, 1 Sep 14 – 31 Aug 17

c.         Other

The Board approved:

  • Modified Appointment to 60% renewed, Beedie School of Business, 1 May 14 – 30 Apr 16
  • Modified Appointment to 60% renewed, Communication, 1 May 15 – 30 Apr 17
  • Modified Appointment renewed, Economics, 1 Sep 14 – 31 Aug 17
  • Modified Appointment to 100%, Gerontology, 1 Sep 14

d.         The Board received for information the 2013/14 Fundraising Summary prepared by University Advancement.

e.         Other matters were discussed.

C.        Governance and Nominating

a.         The Board discussed the responses of current and immediate past Board members to the 2014 biennial self-evaluation

D.        Other

a.         The Board received the President’s Activities Report for June, July and August 2014, and heard an update from the
            President on a number of capital projects in the planning stages and already underway.

b.         Board members were encouraged to participate in the October 9 and 10 convocation ceremonies and Chancellor’s Dinner
            on October 9.

c.         The Board was informed that on September 20, 2014 a successful one day inaugural conference of the Institute for
            Diaspora Research and Engagement, Diaspora, Sustainability, and Development: Meeting at the Nexus, was held at the Segal
            Graduate School of Business.

d.         P. Steenkamp, Vice-President, External Relations, provided Board members with a folder of information regarding
            upcoming events associated with SFU Public Square’s 2014 Community Summit, the theme of which is Innovation: The
            Shock of the Possible.

e.         P. Steenkamp, Vice-President, External Relations gave a PowerPoint presentation about the history of SFU Surrey, new
            program opportunities and the case for expansion. A written backgrounder was also provided. 

f.          Following the Board meeting, Joanne Curry, Associate Vice-President, External Relations and Steve Dooley, Executive
            Director, SFU Surrey, escorted Board members on a short walking tour of the Surrey Central City and Surrey City Hall.


a.         The Board approved that Carole Taylor be awarded the title ‘Chancellor Emerita.’

b.         The Board approved the President’s Goals, Objectives and Competencies for 2014/15, which will be forwarded to Senate
            for information.

c.         The Board received for information the Annual Performance Review recommendations for the Senior Executive Group,
            noting that under government’s current executive compensation freeze, merit awards will be implemented only at such
            time that government policy permits, and following a further review and confirmation by the Board.

d.         Other matters were discussed.

The next Board of Governors meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 27, 2014 in the Halpern Centre, Room 126, SFU Burnaby.