media release

New appointments for SFU’s board of governors

February 11, 2014

Valerie Rodden, SFU board of governors, 778.782.4644,
Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 778.782.8742,

Simon Fraser University’s board of governors has elected a new chairperson and deputy chairperson, both of whom are SFU alumni. Three new order-in-council members have also been appointed.

Lynda is the board's new chairperson and one of Canada's leading experts on digital media.

Over the past 20 years, she has been instrumental in digital media and startup initiatives across the country, including the Centre for Digital Media, the formation of a national industry association, the industry trade action plan and related strategic sector growth plans.

As CEO of, she is merging her digital media expertise with mobile health to build new tools for patients and doctors.

Brown-Ganzert has bachelor of communication and master of education degrees from SFU.

Bill Cunningham, a senior manager, commercial credit, for TD Bank Group, is the new deputy chairperson. Currently based in Calgary, he previously worked for more than 13 years in TD Commercial Banking in Metro Vancouver. He was also executive director and senior advisor at the minister’s regional office for the Government of Canada in Vancouver.

Cunningham has served six years on the Simon Fraser University Alumni Association’s board of directors, and has also been on the boards of the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, Vancouver Society of Children’s Centres, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, and the InnerChange Foundation.

He earned a master’s degree in business administration from SFU in 1994.

Jill Earthy, Fiona Robin and Patty P. Sahota are the newest order-in-council members of the board:

  • Jill Earthy: Earthy is an entrepreneur who has successfully built two companies (Frontline Staff Inc. and momcafe Network Inc.), grown them, and then sold them. She recently joined the Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) as the regional director for B.C. & Yukon. Earthy holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Western Ontario, and a master of business administration from the University of Victoria.

  • Fiona Robin: Robin is a partner of Schuman Daltrop Basran & Robin.  Prior to becoming a lawyer, she worked in Ottawa as an advisor to the Minister of Indian Affairs, worked for the Solicitor General of Canada, and also for INTERPOL in France. Robin obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary, her law degree at the University of British Columbia, and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2000. She received her certification as a family law mediator in 2003. 
  • Patty P. Sahota: Sahota is a former B.C. cabinet minister and MLA for Burnaby-Edmonds. Previously, she worked as a consultant specializing in the forest industry and served as an aide to former Premier Gordon Campbell. Currently, Sahota is an independent consultant focusing on public policy issues, communications and fundraising for local community organizations. She graduated from the University of Victoria with a bachelor of arts in political science. 

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is 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 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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