Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


Congratulations to our Outstanding Alumni

September 13, 2017

The contributions of our alumni are Simon Fraser University’s greatest achievement.

They reside in 141 countries around the globe and work in every occupation imaginable – a remarkable network of people empowered by the knowledge and skills they gained at SFU to build a better world.

This growing SFU family will mark an important milestone during Fall Convocation when we will reach and surpass 150,000 alumni.

And this week, the Outstand Alumni Awards shone a light on four extraordinary individuals who have distinguished themselves in our local communities and around the globe.

It is a privilege to congratulate the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients:

  • Gary Cristall: co-founder of the Vancouver Folk Music Festival and longstanding arts advocate and cultural programmer;
  • Nathan Nunn: Harvard University professor and one of the International Monetary Fund’s “25 economists under 45” shaping how we think about the global economy;
  • Frode Strand-Nielsen: leader in responsible and ethical investments; founder of one of the fastest growing private equity firms in Europe; and
  • Minister Yohana Yembise: eminent professor and first Papuan woman to obtain a seat in the Indonesian government as Minister for Women Empowerment and Child Protection.

These four exemplify one of the most important ways in which we are fulfilling our mission to be an “engaged university” – through the positive contributions of our alumni.

Congratulations to the Outstanding Alumni Award recipients, and to all SFU alumni – soon to be 150,000 strong - you make us proud to be a part of SFU.

2017 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipients from left to right: Frode Strand-Nielsen, Nathan Nunn, Minister Yohana Yembise and Gary Cristall
The Outstanding Alumni Awards Ceremony on September 13 was a sold-out event, featuring fascinating talks by the honorees and emceed by 2016 OAA recipient Jennifer Gardy. Thank you to the Outstanding Alumni, organizers and guests for a wonderful evening!
A few of our future SFU alumni with our Outstanding Alumni Award recipients

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