Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


SFU fall events will enlighten and inspire

September 06, 2018

I hope you had a great start to the school year. Thanks to all those who participated in Orientation and Week of Welcome events and helped to launch the new semester in a manner that befits a truly “Engaged University.”

Speaking of which, I hope you’ll mark your calendars and join us for SFU events this fall. We have a full schedule of activities sure to enlighten and inspire you.

On September 13, we launch the President’s Dream Colloquium on Making Knowledge Public, with guest speaker Jevin West. This interdisciplinary program will bring leading thinkers to SFU during the fall semester, on the theme of knowledge sharing – certainly a timely topic. All lectures are free and open to the university community.

Our annual Terry Fox Run takes place on September 28 at all three campuses, in honour of the remarkable SFU student who continues to inspire people around the world. Everyone at SFU is welcome to participate by running, walking, volunteering and/or donating to support cancer research. More information is available at

Fall Convocation takes place on October 5 and 6. In addition to celebrating the achievements of our outstanding graduating class, honorary degrees will be bestowed upon two extraordinary women: Jane Goodall and Alison Gopnick.

Other special events this semester include:

  • The Outstanding Alumni Awards (September 26) honouring Peter Akman, Ryan Beedie,  Betsy Gibbons, and Steven Holdcroft;
  • The 2018-19 President’s Faculty Lecture series with Dr. Jeffrey Reading (October 11) and Dr. Richard Vaughan (November 21);
  • Breakfast with the President (October 12) at the Burnaby Campus (stay tuned for more details); and
  • SFU’s Annual Diwali Gala (November 1).

You can find a comprehensive list of fall activities on the SFU events page.

I look forward to seeing you on campus and in the community – and if you see me out and about, please say hello and introduce yourself. I always enjoy meeting members of the SFU community, hearing about your aspirations and achievements, and discussing ways we can advance our mission Canada’s engaged university.

What do Terry Fox, Jane Goodall and Ryan Beedie have in common? They are all being celebrated at SFU this fall.