Board of Governors

The Board of Governors is the senior governing body at Simon Fraser University constituted under the University Act.  SFU Board members do not receive any remuneration for their services to the Board. The overall responsibility for the business of the University (property, revenue and policies) is vested in the Board. (The academic governance of the University is vested in the Senate).

The SFU Board of Governors has 15 members including the Chancellor, the President, two elected faculty members, two elected students, one elected staff member and eight individuals appointed by the Government of the Province of British Columbia.

The Board meets six times a year on Thursdays.  Please consult the meeting schedule for dates and times.  The Open Session portions of the meetings are open to the public.

If you have any questions about the Board and its work, please call 778.782.4644.


Requests from Groups to Present to the Board of Governors

For groups who would like to present to the Board of Governors at the Open Session of their full meeting, please note the following steps and approval process required to be placed on the agenda: 

  1. Email the University Secretary at preferably four weeks in advance of the Board submission deadline expressing your interest in presenting to the Board (please see the Board meeting schedule) and explaining the specific purpose of your presentation.
  2. Based on the purpose of your presentation, determine which University Vice-President‘s portfolio your presentation topic falls under. Your request will require the endorsement of that Vice President in order for the request to proceed to the Board Chair for approval.
  3. The University Secretary will then provide the Board Chair with the Vice-President’s recommendation and the Board Chair will determine whether or not the item should be added to the agenda.

In the place where innovative education, cutting-edge research and community outreach intersect, you'll find Simon Fraser University. Our vision? To be Canada's leading engaged university.

Born in 1965, SFU has become Canada's leading comprehensive university with vibrant campuses in British Columbia's largest municipalities — VancouverBurnaby and Surrey — and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.

UPDATE: Effective March 24, 2022, in-person Board meetings have resumed