Anne Giardini, Q.C., SFU's 11th Chancellor


Simon Fraser University installed its 11th Chancellor, Anne Giardini, Q.C., during Spring Convocation on Friday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Ms. Giardini was installed by B.C. Lieutenant-Governor the Hon. Judith Guichon, OBC. Following the installation she addressed Convocation.

Earlier that day, at SFU’s morning Convocation ceremony, SFU formally thanked outgoing Chancellor Carole Taylor, who has reached the end of her term.

The university chancellor’s role is to confer all degrees and represent the university in an official capacity within the larger community, as one of the university’s chief ambassadors.

Distinguished in his or her field, the chancellor advocates on behalf of the university and shares a commitment to post-secondary education and research.

Ms. Giardini brings a deep knowledge of SFU to the role. An alumna who earned a BA in economics from the university, (LL.B./UBC; LL.M., Cambridge University {Trinity Hall}) she has served on SFU’s Board of Governors for the past five years.

A forestry executive, lawyer and writer, Giardini was President of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited from 2008 to 2014 after serving as Weyerhaeuser's General Counsel. A long-time leader within Canada’s resource industry, she has served on many related boards including B.C.’s Council of Forest Industries, the Alberta Forest Products Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc. She is currently a member of the board of WWF-Canada.

The author of two novels, Giardini has been Chair of the Vancouver International Writers Festival and a board member of the Writers Trust of Canada. She is an honorary patron of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

In 2011, Giardini received the Robert V.A. Jones Award recognizing leadership in corporate counsel practice, and was named one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers. Giardini was honoured with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Lexpert Zenith Award in 2013 and served as a member of the Federal Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards. In 2014, she was recognized by WXN as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women.  

Giardini also served on SFU’s Board of Governors for five years before being appointed Chancellor in 2014.

Giardini holds a B.A. in Economics from SFU, LL.B. from UBC; and LL.M. from Cambridge University (Trinity Hall).

“I am very honoured to have been selected for this prestigious position, and am tremendously energized by SFU’s vision to be Canada’s most community engaged research university,” says Ms. Giardini. “A chancellor plays a unique role, and I plan to be a tireless advocate for SFU’s students and alumni, and the vital contributions they make to B.C.’s economic prosperity and social well-being.”

SFU’s Board of Governors Chair Lynda Brown-Ganzert says: “Anne’s deep knowledge of SFU, coupled with her keen understanding of how a university education prepares graduates for success in today’s dynamic economy, will be significant assets to SFU as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2015, and beyond.”

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