January 29, 2015 Meeting Summary

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


A.        Finance and Administration

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

B.         University Relations

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

  • The Full Program Proposal for a Joint Major in English and Communication in the Department of English and the School of Communication within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, effective Fall 2015;
  • The Full Program Proposal for a Minor in Resource and Environmental Management in the School of Resource and Environmental Management within the Faculty of Environment, effective Fall 2015; and,
  • The Full Program Proposal for a Minor in Italian Studies in the Department of French within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, effective Fall 2015.

b.         The Board received for information the 2013/14 Centre and Institute report.

c.         The Board heard an update from the Vice-Presidents, External Relations and Advancement and Alumni Engagement
            about events and initiatives associated with the University’s 50th Anniversary.

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


Fundraising Progress Report
For Information
2014/2015 Year to Date

To November 30, 2014


To December 31, 2014


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

  •          Clyne Family Annual Award for Aboriginal Students;
  •          Dr. Phyllis Wrenn Endowment Fund;
  •          Joseph Lee Family Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship;
  •          Wayne Goeson Memorial Award;
  •          Gary Hall Memorial Endowed Undergraduate Award;
  •          SFU Surrey – Central City Student Engagement Competition;
  •          Enterprise Rent-A-Car Undergraduate Award in Business;
  •          Grayscale Photomask Discretionary Fund;
  •          Nihal Singh Ras Endowed Undergraduate Bursary;
  •          Shein & Amynmohamed Rajan Endowment / Rajan Family Undergraduate Entrance Scholarship; and,
  •          Pula Endowed Award in Health Sciences.

C.        Other

a.         B. Cunningham, Acting Board Chair, reported on the following appointments and re‑appointments to the Board by

  • Christopher Lewis, appointed from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2015, to replace Wendy Grant-John;
  • Elio Luongo, appointed from January 14, 2015 to January 14, 2016, to replace Lynda Brown‑Ganzert as an Alumni Order-in-Council member;
  • Patty Sahota, re-appointed from December 31, 2014 to December 31, 2016;
  • Fiona Robin, re-appointed from January 15, 2015 to December 31, 2016; and,
  • Jill Earthy, re-appointed from February 11, 2015 to December 31, 2016;

b.         The Acting Chair congratulated Chancellor Anne Giardini on her recent four-year appointment to the Board of Directors
            of the World Wildlife Fund Canada.

c.         The President informed the Board that Andrew Wilkinson, MLA for Vancouver-Quilchena, was appointed Minister of
            Advanced Education in December 2014.  He indicated that Minister Wilkinson, who knows the post-secondary sector
            well, met with the presidents of the Research Universities’ Council of BC, and visited SFU Surrey on January 26, 2015
            at which time he toured the campus, met privately with students in the Mechatronic Systems Engineering program,
            and with President Petter, Acting Board Chair Bill Cunningham, Philip Steenkamp, Vice-President, External Relations,
            Stephen Dooley, Executive Director of SFU Surrey, and James Stewart, representing the SFU Surrey Advisory Committee. 
            Issues discussed with Minister Wilkinson included the University’s Strategic Vision, Core Review Report, expansion plans
            for SFU Surrey, the University’s contributions to government’s B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, and infrastructure
            maintenance concerns at SFU Burnaby.

d.         President Petter reported that SFU will co-lead the Age-Well National Centre of Excellence (NCE), a new national research
            network supported by the NCE program.  AGE-WELL NCE Inc. (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology
            to  Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life) will advance the health and wellbeing of older adults, and help drive
            aging research, innovation and technology transfer across the country.  Funding will be substantial at $36 million over
            five years.  Andrew Sixsmith, SFU Professor and Director of the Gerontology Research Centre, is the joint scientific
            director of AGE-WELL along with SFU alumnus Alex Mihailidis of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health

e.         The President informed the Board that SFU-led VentureLabs®, in partnership with UVic, BCIT, and Emily Carr University
            of Art + Design, with the support of the BC Innovation Council, government and industry, was named British Columbia’s
            top accelerator for job creation and capital formation, according to the latest performance report of the BC Acceleration
            Network.  To date in fiscal year 2014/15, VentureLabs® has created 66 jobs, versus an average of 22, and attracted over
            $5 million in investment, versus an average of $1.6 million.

f.          President Petter reported that the Zones of Incubation and Innovation (ZI2) consortium between SFU, Ryerson University,
            and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, was among 15 proposals selected in 2014 to advance in the Canada
            Accelerator and Incubator Program (CAIP).  A suitable location has been identified by SFU and the University has been
            informed that CAIP funding of ZI2 has been approved by Industry Canada.  A formal announcement is expected soon.

g.         With respect to the student Build SFU project, the President reported that following the positive results of the October
            2014 vote at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Simon Fraser Student Society (SFSS) to float a debenture for the
            project, a second vote was taken at a Special General Meeting (SGM) in January 2015 to accommodate those who were
            unable to vote at the AGM because of room size restrictions.  The motion at the SGM failed to get the required 75%
            support and the University will be meeting with the SFSS to explore next steps.

h.         President Petter reported that SFU Professor and former Associate Vice-President, Academic and Associate Provost, Bill
            Krane, is taking up a new post as Vice-President, Academic and Provost at the University of Northern British Columbia,
            effective May 2015.

i.          The President informed the Board that he will host SFU alumni and friends at an evening reception in San Francisco on
            January 29, accompanied by Cathy Daminato, Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement.  SFU alumna and 
            Board of Governors' past Chair Lynda Brown-Ganzert, a Canadian leader in digital media and private social networks, is
            the guest speaker.

j.          President Petter commented on a CBC National News report in which the ongoing debate about building a gondola up
            to the top of Burnaby Mountain was compared to one successfully operating in the city of Medellin, Colombia, and built
            at approximately half the price of light rail.

k.         The Acting Board Chair informed the Board that SFU Women’s Basketball Head Coach, Bruce Langford, has set a record
            for the most career wins in the history of the University.  Competing in the CIS and NCAA Dvision, Coach Langford's
            career record is 364 wins and he enters the record book as the most successful basketball coach in SFU history.

l.          Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research provided the Board with an update regarding key activities in her Office and a
            report on recent research achievements.

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 January 2015.

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 December 1, 2014 and January 5, 2015, and a recent information
            bulletin, Co-op in Numbers, that provided data on SFU’s co-op education program.


A.        Finance and Administration

a.         The Board received for information a Capital Projects and Planning Program Status Report as of January 2015.

b.         Other matters were discussed.

B.         University Relations

a.         The Board received fundraising progress reports for November and December 2014.

b.         The Board reviewed the report from Philip Steenkamp, Vice-President, External Relations on various government
            relations matters.

C.        Human Resources

a.         Faculty Appointments

The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:

  • Dr. Roger Linington, Associate Professor w/tenure (and Tier II CRC Nominee), Chemistry, 1 Jul 15
  • Dr. Eric Werker, Associate Professor, Beedie School of Business, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 20

b.         Administrative Appointments

            The Board approved:

  • Dr. Jennifer Spear, appointed Chair, Department of History, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 18
  • Ms. Joanne Curry, appointed Dean (Pro Tem), Lifelong Learning, 1 Mar 15 – 31 Aug 16

c.         Other

            The Board approved:

  • A transfer of appointment, from the Explorations Program to the Department of Humanities, effective 1 Sep 15

d.         The Board received the annual report of the Human Resources Committee for information.

D.        Other

a.         The Board received for information an updated 2015 schedule of SFU events.

b.         The Acting Board Chair provided Board members with copies of correspondence dated December 30, 2014. The letter
            was signed by Bjorn Stime of info@stoptheinstitute.ca at The University of British Columbia (UBC) on behalf of the
            signatories to a petition to close the Canadian International Institute for Extractive Industries and Development (CIIEID),
            recently renamed the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI).  UBC and SFU formed a
            coalition that was selected by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) to establish the CIRDI in April
            2013, with the collaboration of École Polytechnique de Montréal. The CIRDI is housed at UBC.

c.         The Board received the President’s Activities Report for November and December 2014.

d.         The President gave a presentation on the Strategic Visioning process to-date and the Board engaged in a preliminary
            discussion about three leading strategic initiatives to advance SFU’s Vision in 2015-16.

e.         The Board received from the Ministry of Advanced Education a draft of the 2015/16 Mandate Letter for public
            post-secondary institutions.

f.          Other matters were discussed.


a.         The Board elected Mr. Bill Cunningham Chair of the Board and Ms. Julia Kim Deputy Chair of the Board, for the period
            January 29, 2015 to the end of the January 2016 Board meeting.

The next Board of Governors meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, 2015 in the Halpern Centre, Room 126, SFU Burnaby.