From Catherine Dauvergne and Wade Parkhouse | Next steps for our return to campus and links for tomorrow's townhall

June 09, 2021

This email is sent on behalf of Catherine Dauvergne, vice-president academic and provost, and Wade Parkhouse, vice-provost and associate vice-president, academic. It has been sent to all faculty and staff.

As vaccination rates climb in BC and the number of COVID cases fall, we are on track to move to Stage 3 of SFU’s Campus Recovery Plan by late June or early July while maintaining the health and safety of our community.

Many of us have been working remotely for more than a year, so our return is being carefully planned and will be gradual over the summer while increasing density on campus as we prepare for a full return to campus in fall. Many units have already started this work and should continue to transition their teams back while we are in Stage 2.  

We will provide a further update in a couple of weeks but in the interim, there are several resources available to support this transition including the COVID-19 Resources section of the Human Resources website.

Attend the virtual Townhall this Thursday at 11 am

SFU is hosting a townhall for faculty and staff to answer questions and solicit employee feedback to help guide the return for all faculty, staff and students. The SFU Executive panel will be joined by Dr. Réka Gustafson, B.C.’s deputy health officer, who is among the province’s foremost public-health experts. Learn more here.

You can participate in the townhall on Thurs., Jun. 10, 2021, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., in one of two ways:

  1. Zoom webinar. Attendance is capped at about 1,000 attendees. With this option, you can read and upvote questions posted by colleagues. You can access the webinar here.
  2. If you can’t get into the Zoom meeting, you can watch the LiveStream here.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to submit any questions ahead of time using this webform or by email to

Thank you. We appreciate the dedication of the teams across SFU who have been working tirelessly to bring our community back together. 


Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, QC
Vice-President Academic and Provost

Dr. Wade Parkhouse
Vice-Provost and Associate Vice-President, Academic