Andrew Petter, QC

President and Professor

  • Office: Strand Hall, Burnaby Campus


Andrew Petter is the President and Vice Chancellor of SFU and Professor in the School of Public Policy.  Prior to joining SFU in 2010, he was Professor in the Faculty of Law of the University of Victoria where he served as Dean from 2001 to 2008.  He previously taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and practiced law with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. 

From 1991 to 2001, Professor Petter served as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of British Columbia and held numerous cabinet portfolios, including Advanced Education and Attorney General.

He has written extensively in areas of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, including works on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian federalism.

Professor Petter holds an LL.B. from University of Victoria, where he was gold medallist, and an LL.M. with first class honours from Cambridge University.  He is a member of the British Columbia and Saskatchewan law societies.

Since becoming President, Professor Petter has overseen the development and implementation of a Strategic Vision that seeks to distinguish SFU as Canada’s “Engaged University” defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting edge research, and far-reaching community engagement.

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