media release

SFU installs Carole Taylor as chancellor

June 09, 2011

Carol Thorbes, PAMR, 778.782.3035,

Carole Taylor
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Simon Fraser University President Andrew Petter says, “It will be another great moment for SFU” when Carole Taylor is formally installed as the university’s 10th chancellor on Friday, June 17.

Petter will oversee the investiture of the well-known Canadian business leader and former broadcaster and politician during an afternoon convocation ceremony that begins at 2:30 pm at the SFU Burnaby campus.

Taylor succeeds incumbent Brandt Louie, President and CEO of H.Y. Louie Co. and Chairman and CEO, London Drugs Limited, as chancellor.

“I and others look forward to working with Carole to strengthen SFU’s reputation as Canada’s most innovative and community-engaged research university,” adds Petter.

“SFU is fortunate to have attracted a person of such vast experience and so profound an understanding of the value of higher education.”

Taylor, an Officer of the Order of Canada and a former B.C. finance minster, has chaired multiple high-profile boards during her celebrated career. They include appointments at CBC/Radio Canada, Canada Ports Corporation and the national Economic Advisory Council (EAC).

Taylor sees education as a crucial tool for shaping Canada’s contributions to the world.

“At the EAC, we spent a lot of time questioning what Canada’s role in the world would be going forward,” says the incoming chancellor. “It didn’t matter what slice of the issue you were looking at, the answer always came back to education.

“I feel honoured and so very lucky to be following in the impressive footsteps of my good friends Brandt Louie, Milt Wong, Joe Segal and others as chancellor of this fine university,” adds Taylor. 

“To work with President Andrew Petter, the faculty and students of SFU is a gift, one I will not take for granted. I look forward to working with all our communities on envisioning what kind of Canada we want and SFU’s role in that particular future.”

Taylor is a graduate of the University of Toronto and holds honorary degrees from SFU, BCIT, the B.C. Open University and the Justice Institute of B.C.

Along with her husband and former Vancouver mayor Art Phillips, Taylor received the SFU President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award in 2010.

A video playlist showcasing Taylor’s views on everything from giving back and supporting research to SFU’s influence, the circle of learning and the “convocation moment” is available at

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