media release

SFU to honour four outstanding alumni

January 25, 2013

John Grant, SFU Alumni Relations, 778.782.3994;
Fiona Burrows, PAMR, 778.782.3928,


Tickets are now available for Simon Fraser University’s 2012 Outstanding Alumni Awards event to be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Vancouver.

The four recipients include an influential figure in global financial regulation, a visionary in higher learning for all Indigenous peoples, an award-winning lawyer, author and filmmaker, and an internationally renowned cancer epidemiologist. The evening’s master of ceremonies will be Breakfast Television co-host Riaz Meghji, who is also an SFU alum.

This year’s outstanding alumni recipients are:

  • Dr. Svein Andresen, BA ’81 (economics), MA ’84 (economics) – Public Service (Switzerland)
  • Dr. Jo-ann Archibald, MEd ’84, PhD ‘97 – Academic Achievement (Vancouver)
  • Mr. Joel Bakan, BA ’81 (Psychology) – Professional Achievement (Vancouver)
  • Dr. John Spinelli, BSc ’79, MSc ’81, PhD ’94 (Math & Stats) – Academic Achievement (Vancouver)

SFU alumni, faculty, staff, students, and community members submitted nominations in seven categories: academic achievement, arts and culture, athletics, professional achievement, public service, service to the community and service to the university.

Tickets can be purchased until Feb. 5. For more information about the awards, please visit:

Simon Fraser University is Canada's top-ranked comprehensive university and one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 120,000 alumni in 130 countries. 


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