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

Anne Giardini, Q.C., became Simon Fraser University’s 11th Chancellor in the spring of 2014.

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

An executive, lawyer, director 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 and the Vice Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade.

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. In 2015 she received a Western Canada General Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award.

“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 former 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, are significant assets to the university.”  

Chancellor's Office

Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5A 1S6