Grazia Merler received her BA from the University of British Columbia. She then pursued graduate studies at the University of Laval, where she received an MA and Ph.D. She was awarded the latter in 1967 after completing a dissertation on the physical description of characters in the fictional works of Stendhal. Merler joined the Department of Modern Languages at Simon Fraser University as an assistant professor of French in 1967 and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in 1977.
Jacqueline Viswanathan received her Licence ès Lettres from the University of Liège and her MA from the University of Illinois. She then pursued doctoral studies, receiving her Ph.D in French literature from Liège in 1970. Viswanathan was a charter faculty member of Simon Fraser joining the Modern Languages department as an instructor of French in 1965.
Phyllis Wrenn received her BA, MA and Ph.D from the University of Toronto. Her doctorate, completed in 1974, examined declarative melodic structures in Canadian French spoken in Lafontaine, Québec. She joined Simon Fraser University’s Department of Modern Languages in 1976 as an assistant professor of French.