January 28, 2016 Meeting Summary
Board Members present: B. Cunningham, Board Chair; A. Giardini, Chancellor; A. Petter, President; D. Azevedo; M. Cordoba;
J. Earthy; J. Francis; J. Hinchliffe; J. Kim; C. Lewis; K. McDougall; D. Poole; F. Robin; P. Ruben; P. Sahota
A. Finance and Administration
a. The Board approved moving to an RFP process to engage a public or private partner to finance the Residence and
Housing Master Plan 2015-2035.
b. The Board noted for information SFU’s confirmation to the Ministry of Advanced Education of the University’s third
quarter budget forecast and projections for 2015/16 to 2018/19.
B. University Relations
a. The Board received for information the 2014/15 Centre and Institute report presented to Senate on December 7, 2015.
b. The Board discussed SFU’s Comprehensive Self-Evaluation Report for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and
Universities (NWCCU) to be provided to the NWCCU as part of the process in which the University is engaged in seeking
c. The Board received for information initial metrics around all facets of SFU’s 50th Anniversary celebrations and events.
d. Fundraising Progress Reports: The Board noted year-to-date progress reports as follows:
|Fundraising Progress Report
Year to Date
To November 30, 2015
To December 31, 2015
e. The Board approved the Terms of Reference for the:
- Rosalind Huibonhoa Student Exchange Award;
- Paul Vicol Award in Computing Science;
- Silverman and Knight Family Back on Track Award;
- SheTalks Student Leadership Award;
- McEwen Family Teacher Recognition Grant and McEwen Family Entrance Awards;
- Maureen Maloney and Andrew Petter Endowment;
- Tealeaves Award for Screenwriting; and,
- Lighthouse Labs Prize.
a. B. Cunningham, Board Chair, informed the Board that Elio Luongo’s term on the Board ended effective January 14, 2016
and due to his professional commitments and travel schedule, he declined to be considered for re-appointment as an
Alumni Order-in-Council member.
b. The Board Chair welcomed Michael Cordoba, attending his first Board meeting since being appointed for a two year
term from January 14, 2016 to January 14, 2018, replacing Elio Luongo as an Alumni Order-in-Council member.
c. B. Cunningham announced the Order-in-Council re-appointments to the Board of Julia Kim for a two-year term from
January 15, 2016 to April 19, 2018, and Chris Lewis for a three-year term from December 31, 2015 to December 31, 2018.
d. The Board Chair announced that to increase communication about governance activities, the open and closed session
Committee and Board agendas will be posted on the Board of Governors’ web site beginning in March 2016.
e. President Petter reported that the President’s Dream Colloquium on Engaging Big Data is setting the stage for the
rollout of a university-wide strategic initiative on Big Data being led by Vice-President Research Joy Johnson. A special
public event associated with the President’s Dream Colloquium around the challenges and opportunities that Big Data
provide has also been scheduled for April 5, 2016 with details regarding the guest speaker to be announced.
f. The President also reported that SFU hosted a reception and luncheon on November 27, 2015 for a delegation from the
Hanhai Zihye group to further the agreement establishing CS-CAN, the Hanahi-SFU China-Canada Commercialization &
Acceleration Network. Advanced Education Minister Andrew Wilkinson attended the luncheon with the delegation that
included Hanhai Chairman Hanguang Wang.
g. President Petter informed the Board that on January 15, 2016 the Beedie School of Business hosted a presentation on
China’s 13th Five-Year Plan by Han Jun, Vice Chairman of China’s Office of the Central Leading Group on Financial and
Economic Affairs and Central Rural Work Leading Group. Vancouver was one of only four North American cities chosen
for this presentation that was attended by numerous dignitaries, including SFU alumna Pamela Goldsmith‑Jones, MP for
West Vancouver-Sunshine Coast-Sea to Sky Country and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
h. A. Petter noted that on January 23, 2016 he attended a talk given by B.C.’s first Aboriginal woman MP and Canada’s first
Aboriginal Minister of Justice, Jody Wilson Raybould. This was the second in the School of Public Policy’s speaker series,
“Being the Change: Women, Policy and Making a Difference.” He informed the Board that Chancellor Anne Giardini will
be the final speaker of the series on March 15, 2016.
i. The President informed the Board that on January 21, 2016 he hosted an Alumni reception in Victoria attended by more
than 100 alumni and friends, at which Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement, Cathy Daminato, Dean of
Environment, Ingrid Stefanovic, and he spoke.
j. President Petter reported on his recent trip to Ottawa for a Universities Canada Board meeting on January 18, 2016
at which attendees heard from former Deputy Minister Peter Harder, who led the Trudeau government’s transition
team, and which considered the likely role and opportunities for universities in the new government’s agenda.
k. A. Petter also reported that he chaired a Research Universities’ Council of B.C. president’s meeting on January 21, 2016
attended by John Dyble, Deputy Minister to the Premier, and Sandra Carroll, Deputy Minister of Advanced Education.
l. The President informed the Board that the search for the new Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement is
m. President Petter commented on several upcoming University events. The Outstanding Alumni Awards (OAA) reception
will take place on Thursday, March 3, 2016 at which time five 2015 OAA recipients will be honoured. The President’s
Distinguished Community Leadership Award event will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016.
n. Finally, A. Petter informed the Board that he and Joy Johnson, Vice-President Research, will travel to Hong Kong and
India for a number of meetings including with officials of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the
Research and Development Centre of the Indian Oil Corporation Limited. While in India, he will be speaking at an
international symposium on the role of universities in social development.
o. The Board Chair acknowledged the presence in the public gallery of a number of student groups, including members of
SFU350. He thanked the students for helping to inform the ongoing discussions of the Board and welcomed their
engagement in that dialogue. The presence in the public gallery of former graduate student Board member
Yasmine Norouzi was also acknowledged.
p. The Board Chair noted the recently announced appointment of Chancellor Emerita Carole Taylor as advisor to Premier
q. Joy Johnson, Vice-President, Research provided the Board with a report on recent research achievements and an update
regarding key activities in her Office. She highlighted: 1) advancing SFU’s national leadership in automotive fuel cell
research through a proposal for the Canada First Research Excellence Fund; and, 2) continuing to implement the SFU
Innovates strategy including sponsoring the BC Tech Summit on January 18 and 19, 2016 and ensuring that SFU tech
research and innovation was widely showcased at this event. She also commented on SFU’s leading role in facilitating
and strengthening Big Data approaches across disciplines. SFU currently has a number of strengths in Big Data. For
example, we are playing a leadership role in the $30 million CFI/Compute Canada award to establish four data centers
in Canada (one at SFU), and we have a number of strong partnerships such as the Pacific Blue Cross Health Informatics
Lab in the Faculty of Applied Sciences.
r. The Board received a report from Martin Pochurko, Vice-President, Finance and Administration, summarizing the major
activities and initiatives in the departments within his portfolio as of January 2016. In particular, M. Pochurko noted:
1) the annual Board Budget Information Session on Thursday, March 3, 2016; 2) the searches that are underway for
both the Associate Vice-President Human Resources and the Chief Safety Officer; and, 3) the late December 2015 launch
of the community engagement initiative to develop the 2017 to 2021 Sustainability Strategic Plan.
s. The Board noted the successful partnership between Safety and Risk Services and the Burnaby RCMP in creating an
awareness campaign to help train students and staff to be prepared for an active shooter situation on campus.
t. With respect to the recent oral presentations at the National Energy Board hearings around the proposed expansion of
the Trans Mountain Pipeline, the President indicated that SFU tabled its written submission some time ago and the
University’s status as an intervenor is unchanged. The University’s concerns about potential health, safety and security
risks to SFU Burnaby raised by the proposal to double the size of Kinder Morgan’s tank facilities on Burnaby Mountain
remain unchanged and have not been adequately addressed to-date.
u. The Board reviewed the report from Jon Driver, Vice-President, Academic on a number of activities and developments
in the areas within his portfolio.
A. Finance and Administration
a. The Board received for information a Build SFU update regarding the current status of the Student Union Building and
b. The Board approved the key terms of the BCcampus Service Agreement between the University and the Ministry of
c. With respect to the Water Tower Building Data Centre project at SFU Burnaby, the Board approved the award of the
mechanical construction contract to Keith Plumbing & Heating Co. Ltd. and the electrical construction contract to Status
d. The Board heard an update on the demolition of Louis Riel House.
e. The Board received for information a Capital Projects and Planning Program Status Report as of January 2016.
f. The draft minutes of and excerpts from the reports to the Investment Advisory Committee meetings of September 25 and
December 4, 2015 were received by the Board for information.
B. University Relations
a. The Board received fundraising progress reports for November and December 2015.
b. The Board reviewed the report of Cathy Daminato, Vice-President, Advancement and Alumni Engagement on the recent
activities, developments and achievements in each of the areas within her portfolio.
c. The Board reviewed the report from Joanne Curry, Acting Vice-President, External Relations on key issues in Government
Relations and Communications & Marketing.
C. Human Resources
a. Faculty Appointments
The following academic appointment was approved and has been accepted:
- Dr. Robert McMahon, LEEF BC Leadership Chair in Proactive Approaches to Reducing Risk for Violence among Children
and Youth, Psychology, 16 Jun 15 – 15 Jun 20
b. Administrative Appointments
The Board approved:
- Professor David MacAlister, Director, Criminology, 1 Sep 16 – 31 Aug 19
- Dr. David Burley, re-appointed Chair, Archaeology, 1 Sep 16 – 31 Aug 17
The Board approved:
- A 60% modified appointment in the Beedie School of Business, 1 May 16 – 30 Apr 18
- An Enhanced Early Retirement, Engineering Science, effective 30 Apr 16
d. The Board received for information the 2015 annual report of the Human Resources Committee.
e. The Board approved mandatory amendments to the Pension Plan Text for the Pension Plan for Administrative/Union
Staff as required by changes to the legislation governing Pension Plans in British Columbia. These changes will not
affect pension benefits.
f. Other matters were discussed.
a. The Board received for information an updated 2016 schedule of SFU events.
b. The Board Chair provided Board members with copies of a letter to the Board dated December 9, 2015 from Mr. Raaj
Chatterjee of SFU 350/Divest SFU and the reply to that letter that he and Julia Kim, Chair of the Responsible Investment
Committee, jointly signed on January 18, 2016.
c. The Board received the President’s Activities Report for November and December 2015.
d. The Board engaged in a discussion with Candace Le Roy, Director, Sustainability Office, about sustainability at SFU.
e. The Board received from the Ministry of Advanced Education a draft of the 2016/17 Mandate Letter for public
f. Other matters were discussed.
a. The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Peter Keller to the position of Vice-President, Academic and Provost for a
five year term beginning on September 1, 2016.
b. The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Joanne Curry to the position of Vice-President, External Relations,
effective February 1, 2016.
c. The Board re-elected Mr. Bill Cunningham Chair of the Board for the period January 28, 2016 to the end of his current
term as a board member in July 2016.
d. The Board re-elected Ms. Julia Kim Deputy Chair of the Board for the period January 28, 2016 to the end of the January
2017 Board meeting.
e. Other matters were discussed.
The next Board of Governors meeting will be held at 8:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in the Halpern Centre, Room 126,