Faculty and Staff
Archival kudos for SFU’s University Secretary Ian Forsyth
By Diane Luckow
University Secretary Ian Forsyth, former SFU archivist, has been named a Fellow of the Association of Canadian Archivists (ACA).
The life-time appointment celebrates his lengthy distinguished service to the archival profession, the association and the Canadian archival community.
Forsyth joined SFU in 1994 as University archivist and coordinator of information and privacy. In this role, he designed and implemented a freedom of information and protection of privacy program that has become one of the most respected such programs in Canada’s post-secondary sector.
An innovator, he integrated this program with the University's archives and records management programs, creating a synergy between these record-centric functions and the ability to create, capture, preserve and access the University's corporate memory.
Forsyth, who began his career in 1984 in the Public Archives of Canada and progressed through the ranks to become Ontario’s deputy archivist, has supported the development of Canada’s archival system throughout his career.
In the ’80s h volunteered for provincial leadership roles in Ontario’s archival sector. In the early ’90s he served as vice-president and president of the ACA and from 2004-2010 as special advisor, vice-chair and chair of the Canadian Council on Archives’ Board of Directors. Currently, he is serving as the director of the Association of Canadian Archivists’ Foundation.
As SFU’s University Secretary, Forsyth is tasked with responsibility for ensuring the University’s Board of Governors functions effectively. He advises on policy development and interpretation, and serves as senior advisor on governance issues. The University Archives and Records Management Department along with the Offices of Human Rights and Internal Audit form part of his portfolio.