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

Anne Giardini, O.C., 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, Ms. Giardini is a long-time leader in Canada’s resource industry. She serves or has served on many boards including WWF-Canada, Thompson Creek Metals and TransLink. She is currently Executive Vice Chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade, a member of the Independent Advisory Board for Federal Senate Appointments and an honorary patron of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

Ms. Giardini is a former columnist for the National Post, the author of two novels and the co-editor of a collection of writing advice. She has been Chair of the Vancouver International Writers Festival and a board member of the Writers Trust of Canada.

She has received the Robert V.A. Jones Award recognizing leadership in corporate counsel practice, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, a Lexpert Zenith Award and the Western Canada General Counsel Lifetime Achievement Award.  She has been named one of Canada's 25 most influential lawyers, has been recognized twice by WXN as one of Canada's 100 most powerful women and served as a member of the Federal Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards. In December 2016, Ms. Giardini was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada for her contributions to the forestry sector, higher education and the literary community.

Ms. Giardini holds a BA in Economics from SFU, LL.B. from UBC, and LL.M. from Cambridge University (Trinity Hall). She has been married to Tony Giardini for 29 years, and they have three grown children.