media release

Media Advisory: Charter alumni Margaret Trudeau, David Mark among five to be honoured Mar. 3

Media planning to attend need to register, as space will be limited. To register or for other inquiries, contact below.

March 02, 2016

Allison Lambert, SFU Alumni office, 778.782.5343;
Marianne Meadahl, University Communications, 778.782.9017; 604.209.5770;

Simon Fraser University will recognize five distinguished alumni, including two charter students, at its annual Outstanding Alumni Awards ceremony on March 3 at the Vancouver Convention Centre (West Building) in Vancouver.

The five include charter students Margaret Trudeau (BA ’69) an advocate for mental health and clean water, and David Mark (BA ’71, PhD ’77), a pioneer of Geographic Information Science (GISci), along with Zabeen Hirji (MBA‘94), chief human resources officer of the Royal Bank of Canada, philanthropist David Fong (BA’80) and science “rock star” Jennifer Gardy (PhD ’06), who receives the new Rising Star award.

Nominations for these awards, which recognize SFU’s most accomplished graduates, are sought annually from alumni, faculty, staff, students and SFU’s many friends in the community. The awards recognize achievement in several categories, including academic achievement, arts and culture, athletic achievement, professional achievement, public service, service to the community and service to the University.

A speaking program at 6:30 p.m. will follow a welcome reception at 5:30 p.m. During the event the award recipients will share their inspirational stories. Media are welcome to attend but are asked to register (see above).

For more details and bios on the recipients see

What: SFU’s annual Outstanding Alumni Awards

When: Thursday, March 3, 5:30 p.m. (speaking program at 6:30 p.m.)

Where: Vancouver Convention Centre (West Building)

As Canada's engaged university, SFU is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded 50 years ago with a mission to be a different kind of university—to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is Canada’s leading comprehensive research university and is ranked one of the top universities in the world. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 135,000 alumni in 130 countries around the world.


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

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