Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


Welcome to an exciting new semester!

August 28, 2018

Welcome to the start of a new academic year at Simon Fraser University. I hope you had a great summer and are ready to take part in a productive and exciting fall semester.

If you are one of our 6125 new students or 57 new faculty members – welcome. We are excited to have you as part of our university community.

SFU is not only Canada’s top comprehensive university, we are also Canada’s “engaged university” offering a multitude of innovative academic programs, cutting-edge research opportunities, and hands-on learning experiences.

Thanks to our remarkable faculty members, we consistently rank in Canada’s top tier for research impact, and are a leader in research mobilization, social innovation and community engagement.  We are also proud of our commitments to Indigenous peoples and knowledge, and to the ongoing process of reconciliation.

I encourage all new students to take part in Welcome Day activities and to discover everything SFU has to offer. We’ve also planned a Week of Welcome from September 4 to 7 that is open to all students – with free food, music, and activities at our three campuses. Your welcome leaders, together with staff and faculty, are here to help you make the most of your time here.

Whether you are new or returning to SFU, I look forward to seeing you at welcome events this week, and at other university activities throughout the year.  

I’m excited by what lies ahead as we continue to make progress in our mission to be Canada’s most community-engaged research university.

Have a great semester!

SFU is Canada's leading comprehensive university, known for its cutting-edge research, innovative education and far reaching community engagement