Past Events

AGM on Friday, May 21st, 2021

Dear Members of Academic Women,

On behalf of the executive committee, I am seeking nominations to fill the position of President and all four executive committee positions.

As President of SFU Academic Women, you would lead an executive committee and membership committed to improving the university operation and environment experienced by women faculty, and librarians working at SFU. 

AW board positions are:  treasurer, secretary, and  2 members at large.

For details about these positions, please contact the current secretary, Anke Kessler.

These positions will be voted on at the upcoming AGM on Friday, May 21st, 2021. 

Any AW member is eligible to nominate, stand for elections, and vote. If you would like to nominate someone (including yourself of course), please make sure you have their consent and let me know via email at Ideally, I would like to receive nominations before the meeting but we can entertain short-notice nomination at the meeting itself as well. 

Anke Kessler, on behalf of the AW board.

Academic Women’s Reception for New Faculty: October 11th, 2017

This annual event is for all members of Academic Women to welcome new female faculty, librarians, and lab technicians. In recognition of the 100th anniversary of some women in British Columbia gaining suffrage, our speaker this year is Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party of Canada. 

The Equity Myth: September 25th, 2017 

Academic Women is proud to present three events on September 25th, 2017 related to the publication of The Equity Myth: Racialization and Indigeneity at Canadian Universities (UBC Press, 2017).

From 11:30am - 1pm, contributing author Dr. Malinda Smith will give a talk in the Diamond Alumni Centre at SFU Burnaby.

Preceding the talk, Academic Women will host a book discussion (10am -11:15am in AQ 6229) for those who want to get into the book more deeply, and strategize ways to enact some of its principles and recommendations in our departments, programs, and classrooms.

Finally, in AQ 6229 at 2pm, there will be an informal discussion with Dr. Smith for people of colour and indigenous people.

All events are open to people of all genders; students and staff are most welcome to attend. SFUFA has generously provided funding to support this event.

Malinda S. Smith is a Professor in the Department of Political Science, and president of the Academic Women’s Association at the University of Alberta. She teaches courses in international relations, gender and politics, and critical race studies. 

Academic Women's First Ever Writing Retreat! 

May 25-26, 2017; SFU Harbour Centre

We expected this retreat to be very popular and hope to organize it again in the future! 

Academic Women Celebration

May 23rd, 2017, 7:00pm - 9:30pm; Shebeen Whiskey Tasting Room, Vancouver. 

A celebration of two major accomplishments -- the adoption of a sexual violence policy that includes the creation of a centre for support and information, and the fulfillment of the first half of the equity report recommendations!

Annual General Meeting

May 23rd, 2017, 11:30am - 1:30pm; SFU Burnaby, Halpern Centre Room 126

This year's AGM took place on May 23rd and included a free, catered lunch. 

At the event we reviewed the many events of the past 12 months, talked about what's ahead, and discussed expanding our membership beyond the limited scope established back in 1988. 

Thanks to everyone for your participation and support over the past 12 months! AW is thriving, and we celebrated our achievements with you at the AGM and the reception that followed! 

Workshop: Financial Planning for Women Who Are Loathe to Think About Financial Planning

March 20th, 11:30am, Burnaby.

Pauline Picher, CFP, CIM, CPCA
Wealth Planner, Vancity/Credential Asset Management Inc.

Conversation with Rt. Hon. Kim Campbell                                           Women's Voices: What Difference Do They Make?

November 14th, 6:30pm - 8:00pm, SFU Harbour Centre

Event Sponsored by SFU Academic Women, SFU VP Finance Office and UBC Office of the Provost

Annual Welcome for New Faculty, Librarians, and Lab Instructors

October 27th, 5:30pm, Diamond Alumni Centre at SFU Burnaby.

This year we also welcome the new Vice President, Academic, and Provost, Dr. Peter Keller.

See the poster below for information about the keynote speaker, Dolores Van Der Wey.