CAPE Office

The Centre for Academic and Professional Engagement (CAPE) team members in the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral Fellows are involved in many activities.

Community Building

  • Student orientations and welcome events
  • Postdoc appreciation and networking events
  • Helping students from the moment of acceptance through convocation through virtual orientation, online forums, emails and blog posts with opportunities for students
  • Support for SFU’s Postdoctoral Association
  • Facilitates the SPICES program that supports student-led community engagement

Professional development

  • APEX Certificate Program
  • Career Cafés
  • Hosting MITACS workshops
  • The Work Workout, professional profiles, CVs and skills for successfully entering the job market
  • Lunch and learn sessions
  • 3 Minute Thesis competition


  • The President's Dream Colloquium
  • Building mentorship and community connections through outreach events

To contact any of our staff, please submit a request in our online help system, or come see us at MBC 1500.

Associate Dean, Students
Jeff Derksen, MA, PhD (University of Calgary)
Manages graduate student issues, including supervision; develops scholarship workshops and professional skills programs.

Communications Officer
Stacey Makortoff, PhD Candidate
Responsible for the graduate studies website, blog and assists with strategic communications.  

Coordinator, Postdoctoral Affairs & Professional Development Programs
Coordinates and supports the development of professional development programs, and provides support to postdoctoral fellows.

Graduate Studies Coordinator
Develops programs and services to support graduate students.

Indigenous Graduate Student Programs Coordinator
Develops programs and services to support Indigenous graduate students.

Marketing and Communications Associate Co-op Student
Megan Balog
Assists with the graduate studies website, blog and events. 

Graduate application problems — To request help with your online application, please submit a request in our online help system.

? Help request form

(For current students —
SFU ID required)

Prospective students should contact the department in which you would like to enrol.

get connected

We do our best to get notices out of events, opportunities and awards over multiple channels. You're invited to subscribe to the channel of your choice. 

You can also connect to your fellow grad students in two different groups: