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SFU to install Anne Giardini as Chancellor on June 13

June 10, 2014

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.9017;


Simon Fraser University will install its 11th Chancellor, Anne Giardini, Q.C., during Spring Convocation on Friday, June 13 at 2:30 p.m.

Ms. Giardini will be installed by B.C. Lieutenant-Governor the Hon. Judith Guichon, OBC. Following the installation she will address Convocation.

Earlier that day, at SFU’s morning Convocation ceremony, SFU will formally thank outgoing Chancellor Carole Taylor, who has reached the end of her term.

The university chancellor’s role is to confer all degrees and represent the university in an official capacity within the larger community, as one of the university’s chief ambassadors.

Distinguished in his or her field, the chancellor advocates on behalf of the university and shares a commitment to post-secondary education and research.

Ms. Giardini brings a deep knowledge of SFU to the role. An alumna who earned a BA in economics from the university, (LL.B./UBC; LL.M., Cambridge University {Trinity Hall}) she has served on SFU’s Board of Governors for the past five years.

A forestry executive, lawyer and writer, Ms. Giardini has been president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited since 2008 and earlier served as Weyerhaeuser’s Canadian general counsel. A long-time leader within Canada’s resource industry, she has served on the boards of B.C.’s Council of Forest Industries, the Alberta Forest Products Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada, and Sustainable Forestry Initiative, Inc.

A second-generation chancellor—her mother, renowned author Carol Shields, was chancellor at the University of Winnipeg from 1996-1999—Ms. Giardini’s distinguished record of community service also illustrates how she is well positioned to help SFU achieve its goal to be Canada’s leading engaged university.

She has held such varied roles as chair of the Vancouver International Writers Festival, board member of the Writers Trust of Canada and honorary patron of the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada. In 2013, she served as a member of the Federal Advisory Council for Promoting Women on Boards.

Recognized for her contributions to Canadian business, philanthropy, arts and culture, Ms. Giardini received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a Lexpert Zenith Award in 2013. In 2011, she received the Robert V.A. Jones Award recognizing leadership in corporate counsel practice, and was named one of Canada’s 25 most influential lawyers.

“I am very honoured to have been selected for this prestigious position, and am tremendously energized by SFU’s vision to be Canada’s most community engaged research university,” says Ms. Giardini. “A chancellor plays a unique role, and I plan to be a tireless advocate for SFU’s students and alumni, and the vital contributions they make to B.C.’s economic prosperity and social well-being.”

SFU’s Board of Governors Chair Lynda Brown-Ganzert says: “Anne’s deep knowledge of SFU, coupled with her keen understanding of how a university education prepares graduates for success in today’s dynamic economy, will be significant assets to SFU as it approaches its 50th anniversary in 2015, and beyond.”

SFU’s Spring Convocation runs from June 10–13.

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.


Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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