Office for Aboriginal Peoples
AQ 3140 - 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Tel: 778-782-9026
Fax: 778-782-8926
Email:  askoap@sfu.ca

 

 

Ron Johnston, Interim Director

778.782.8924 | ronaldj@sfu.ca

Ron is a member of the Squamish Nation and is an SFU alumnus. He has worked at SFU for 6 years and is currently serving as Protem Director of the Office for Aboriginal People. Prior to his current role, Ron worked as the Director of the Office of Indigenous Education in the Faculty of Education. His career as an Aboriginal educator spans over two decades and through his work he has come to realize that education is a change agent that supports transformative change, understanding, and empowerment for Aboriginal People. Prior to working at SFU, Ron has worked as an Intergovernmental Affairs - Education Advisor for the BC Region for the Government of Canada, as the Director of Aboriginal Education and Services at Vancouver Community College, and as an Aboriginal Trades Training Coordinator and Consultant for the BC Government and various Aboriginal communities and organizations.



Gary George, Officer for Community Relations
778.782.8925 | ggeorge@sfu.ca

Gary George hails from the Bulkley Valley around the Telkwa/Smithers/Houston/Burns Lake region in North-central British Columbia.  Gary is also from the Wit'suwit'en First Nation.  Gary holds a BA degree from University of Northern BC (U.N.B.C.) in Prince George, Professional Development Program Certificate (PDP), and Master's in Education (MEd) from Simon Fraser University.  Gary believes that he was raised in one of the "nicest places in the world," and often tells people in the Lower Mainland that, "if you haven't seen Northern BC, you haven't seen BC."

Karen Matthews, Administrative Assistant
778.782.9026 | kmatt@sfu.ca

Karen Matthews is currently the administrative assistant for the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in First Nations Studies and a Certificate in First Nations Studies Research at Simon Fraser University, a Certificate in Marketing from B.C.I.T. and an Associate of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Trinity Western.