Office of the President
Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor
Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President
Thanks for a remarkable year – and have a great summer
It’s hard to believe that July is already upon us. As we head into summer – and a well-deserved break for many – it is gratifying to reflect on another busy and productive academic year.
True to our mission as Canada’s engaged university, we hosted major conferences and events, including a highly successful SFU Public Square Community Summit on the future of work. We received the final report of the Aboriginal Reconciliation Council and have begun implementing its 34 Calls to Action. We earned designation as an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus. Our recent SFU Alumni Association AGM was the largest ever. And we exceeded our annual fundraising target of $30 million in support of a wide variety of university priorities.
We have at the same time built upon our academic and research strengths. We continued our standing as Canada’s top comprehensive university and launched a major initiative to enhance the student experience. Our research income grew to $139 million and our faculty members were again recognized as national leaders for research impact. We secured top new talent, including two of only 24 Canada 150 Research Chairs. We received final approval for our new Sustainable Energy Engineering program to be delivered in the stunning new building rising on our Surrey campus. And we celebrated the graduation of over 6500 students.
Talk about an eventful year!
These achievements are a product of the hard work of our talented faculty, dedicated staff and brilliant students, together with the generous support we have received from government and industry, as well as from our loyal alumni and supporters. Thank you all for your contributions to Simon Fraser University.
I hope everyone will have time to relax and recharge over the summer, and I encourage you to join me and others from SFU at some of our upcoming events.
- The Indian Summer Festival, now is its eighth year, takes place from July 5 to 15 at SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and various Lower Mainland venues. SFU is proud to be a Founding Partner of the festival and we look forward to another wonderful celebration of art, culture, film, food and dialogue. (SFU students, faculty and staff can use the discount code SFU2018 to receive 25% off select event tickets).
- The President’s Employee Barbeque will be held at the Burnaby Campus on July 11. Staff and faculty from all campuses are welcome. Don’t forget your picnic blanket, sunscreen and water bottle for this Certified Gold Sustainable event, and join us for some music, food and fun with colleagues.
- SFU is once again supporting the Celebration Stage at the Surrey Fusion Festival on July 21 and 22 at Holland Park.
Whatever your summer plans, I urge you to take full advantage of the summer break, enjoy time with friends and family, travel safely, and I’ll see you back here in Fall 2018 ready to engage anew.
SFU-supported events this summer include the Indian Summer Festival, President's Employee Barbeque and the Surrey Fusion Festival