March 26, 2015 Meeting Summary
Board Members present: B. Cunningham, Board Chair; A. Giardini, Chancellor; A. Petter, President;
D. Azevedo; J. Francis; J. Hinchliffe; J. Kim; C. Lewis; E. Luongo; P. Sahota; J. Taylor
Regrets: J. Earthy; D. Poole; F. Robin; P. Ruben
A. Finance and Administration
a. The Board approved the University’s 2015-2016 Budget and Financial Plan, including tuition fees for undergraduate and
graduate programs, and Student Services and Recreation-Athletics fees.
b. The Board approved an increase to the Spending Income Allocation Rate from 4.5% to 5% plus additional capitalization
of 1.8% to the Endowment Principal Accounts.
B. University Relations
a. The Board approved the following actions recommended by Senate on March 2, 2015:
- The 2015/2016 Enrollment Plan attached as Appendix A to the document titled For SENATE March 2, 2015, and 2015/2016 domestic and international undergraduate admission targets to each Faculty, by semester and basis of admission category
as indicated in Tables C1 and C2 respectively of Appendix C (Senate Paper S.15-32);
- The Terms of Reference for the First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness at St. Paul’s Hospital;
- The Terms of Reference for the St. Paul’s Hospital Chair in Addictions Research;
- The Full Program Proposal for a Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Beedie School of Business, effective Fall 2015;
- The title change for the Bachelor of Arts in Visual Culture and Performance Studies to the Bachelor of Arts in Art, Performance and Cinema Studies in the School for the Contemporary Arts within the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology,
effective Fall 2015; and,
- The Full Program Proposal for a Master of Arts in Comparative Media Arts in the School for the Contemporary Arts within
the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, effective Fall 2015.
b. Fundraising Progress Reports: The Board noted year-to-date progress reports as follows:
|Fundraising Progress Report
2014/2015 Year to Date
To January 31, 2015
To February 28, 2015
c. The Board approved the Terms of Reference for the:
- Deanne Schweitzer Endowed Award in Swimming
- Learning in Depth Endowed Program Support Fund;
- SFU Retirees Association 50th Anniversary Endowment Fund;
- Bruce Brenton Annual Undergraduate Award;
- Andrew Rodger Annual Bursary for Business Students; and,
- Community Savings Credit Union Bursary for Business Students.
C. Governance and Nominating
a. The Board approved the re-appointments of Ms. Marina Haddad and Ms. Frenny Bawa as Board Members of the Simon
Fraser University Foundation for the period May 24, 2015 to May 23, 2018.
b. The Board approved the appointments of Messrs. Bruce Hoeschen, Harry Satanove and Duncan McCrindell as members
of the Investment Advisory Committee for terms commencing April 1, 2015 and ending March 31, 2021, in accordance
with Investment Governance Policy B10.09.
c. The Board approved the revisions to Policy B10.15 Consultation with Students on Tuition and Fees, effective
D. Responsible Investment Committee
a. The Board reviewed and discussed the terms of reference of the Responsible Investment Committee and the Responsible
Investment Policy B10.16 that identifies the University’s approach to incorporating environmental, social and corporate
governance (ESG) considerations into its investment decisions.
b. The Board was informed that the University has committed to post its custodian statements for the endowment fund
on the SFU website by the end of April 2015.
c. With respect to the Montreal Carbon Pledge, launched in September 2014 at the UN Principles for Responsible
Investment Summit, the Board discussed the research and analysis undertaken to date by SFU’s Treasury Department
and the lack of available data that would make it difficult to accurately compare the carbon footprint of the University’s
portfolio to an established benchmark at this time. The Board also discussed whether a widely agreed upon standard
exists to help define and measure an institution’s carbon footprint. There are currently 35 signatories to the Pledge,
only one of which is a university. The Board asked SFU staff to contact The University of California to investigate how
its data are being collected, analyzed and posted, and the data published by the 35 signatories will be monitored in the
d. The Board heard a brief report from the Vice-President, Finance and Administration about the February 26, 2015 visit
to Vancouver by officials of the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (UN PRI) and a number of its
E. Human Resources Committee
a. The Board approved the 2015/2016 Faculty Renewal Plan.
a. With respect to the August 31, 2015 closure of student residence Louis Riel House (LRH), the Board received a letter
signed by 182 faculty members and a copy of President Petter’s response. The Board also listened to the concerns of
several single parent residents about the closure and why they want low-income family housing to continue on Burnaby
Mountain. An information package prepared by the student residents of LRH was provided to each Board member.
Board members discussed the concerns raised, the health and safety issues, the options pursued for some years by the
University for expansion of on-campus student residences that have been unsuccessful in light of government restrictions
on borrowing, and SFU’s commitment to assist each resident in securing suitable alternative housing.
b. Board Chair Bill Cunningham congratulated June Francis on her re-election to the Board by faculty for a further three
year term from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2018, and Deven Azevedo on his re‑election to the Board by the undergraduate
student body for a further year from June 1, 2015 to May 31, 2016.
c. President Petter reported that he and Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research, attended the March 16, 2015 announcement
by Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver of funding from the Canada Accelerator and Incubator Program for the Zones of
Incubation and Innovation Network (ZI2). The consortium of SFU, Ryerson University and the University of Ontario
Institute of Technology will build on SFU’s strengths in entrepreneurship, knowledge mobilization and community
d. The President commented on the success of the Student Volunteer Appreciation Gala on February 20, 2015 in which
approximately 300 students participated.
e. A. Petter reported on a news release and a recent Vancouver Sun op-ed piece in which he and UBC President Arvind Gupta
expressed their reasons for supporting the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite. He informed the
Board that SFU is working with the Simon Fraser Student Society and the Graduate Student Society to raise awareness,
share information and encourage people to vote.
f. President Petter reported on several receptions he recently hosted for SFU alumni and friends in Kelowna and
g. The President reported that SFU honoured Darrell Burnham, Diane Cockle, Kanwal Singh Neel, and Ming-Sound Tsao
at the 2015 Outstanding Alumni Awards event in Vancouver on February 25, 2015.
h. President Petter reported on the success of March 3, 2015 Gathering of the Clan Breakfast attended by over 700 guests
who heard featured speaker Steve Nash of the Los Angeles Lakers.
i. A. Petter commented on the recent passing of SFU’s first Athletics Director and Football Coach, Lorne Davies, whose life
was celebrated at the University on March 8.
j. The President reported that the Honorary Degree Recipients for 2015 have been announced. Jennifer Allen Simons,
Nini Baird, Lorna Crozier, Meeru Dhalwala and Vikram Vij, Judy Graves, Maggie Ip, Ken Lum, and Deepa Mehta will be
honoured at the Convocation ceremonies in June. Harry B. Gray, Sut Jhally, Bill Nye, and Nancy J. Turner will be honoured
at the October Convocation ceremonies.
k. President Petter informed the Board that he and Dr. Nimal Rajapakse, Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences will accompany
Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson and International Trade Minister Teresa Watt on a portion of their visit
to China. The SFU itinerary includes visits and meetings with officials of the Natural Science Foundation of China, the
China Scholarship Council, Communications University of China, and Zhejiang University.
l. A. Petter informed the Board that an article he co-authored with SFU colleagues Richard Littlemore and Joanne Curry
titled “From Burnaby’s Mountain Top to Vancouver and Surrey: The Making of an Engaged University” was published in
a recent edition of “UNIVER-CITIES Strategic View of the Future from Berkeley and Cambridge to Singapore and Rising
Asia.” Copies were distributed.
m. Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research provided the Board with an update regarding key activities in her Office and a
report on recent research achievements.
n. The Board received a report from Pat Hibbitts, Vice-President, Finance and Administration, summarizing the major
activities and initiatives in the departments within her portfolio as of March 2015.
o. The Board reviewed the report from Jon Driver, Vice-President, Academic on various academic-related matters. It
included highlights from the Senate meetings of February 2 and March 2, 2015.
A. Finance and Administration
a. The draft minutes of and excerpts from the report to the Investment Advisory Committee meeting of January 30, 2015
were received by the Board for information.
B. University Relations
a. The Board received fundraising progress reports for January and February 2015.
b. The Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement provided an update on SFU’s 50th Anniversary
Campaign, The Power of Engagement.
C. Human Resources
a. Faculty Appointments
The following academic appointments were approved and have been accepted:
- Dr. Alexandra Lysova, Assistant Professor, Criminology, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 19
- Dr. Sam Doesburg, Associate Professor, Biomedical Physiology & Kinesiology, and Callum Frost Professorship in
Translational Research in Autism, 1 Sep 15 – 31 Aug 20
- Dr. Stephanie Simmons, Assistant Professor, Physics 1 Oct 15 – 31 Aug 19
The Board approved:
- An enhanced early retirement, Engineering Science, effective 31 Aug 15
a. The Board received the President’s Activities Report for January and February 2015.
b. The Board reviewed the report from Philip Steenkamp, Vice-President, External Relations on various government
c. The Board engaged in a further discussion about three leading strategic initiatives to advance SFU’s Vision in 2015-16.
a. The Board approved that Lynda Brown-Ganzert be awarded the title ‘Board Chair Emerita,’ in accordance with
The next Board of Governors meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 28, 2015 in the Halpern Centre, Room 126,