Staff Directory

General Inquiries

Send us a question via our online support system. If you're a current student, please include your student number in all correspondence.

Email: gradstdy@sfu.ca
Phone: 778.782.3042
Fax: 778.782.3080

Visit Us

Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Maggie Benston Centre 1100
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Office Hours:
9 am–12:30 pm, 1:30–4:30 pm PST
Monday to Friday
Closed on Canadian holidays (see SFU's Academic Dates for list of all closures)

CAPE Office
The Centre for Academic and Professional Engagement office supports the graduate student community and is home to the APEX professional development program.
Located at MBC 1500.
Drop-ins welcome! 

General Admission Inquiries

Prospective students should contact the department's graduate secretary or program assistant in the department in which you would like to enrol.

For all other questions, please see our Frequently Asked Questions page, or email gradstdy@sfu.ca.

What’s My Application Status?

If you’re in the process of completing the online admission application, use your GA number (temporary user application ID).

If you have completed your application, check your application status at any time by entering your SFU student ID number into the application system.

If you need additional help, please submit a help ticket.

Dean and Associate Deans

Jeff Derksen

Dean and Associate Provost (Pro Tem)
gsdean@sfu.ca

MA, PhD (University of Calgary)

Manages graduate student issues, including supervision; develops scholarship workshops and professional skills programs. Learn more about Jeff.

George Agnes

Special Advisor
gsdean@sfu.ca
PhD (University of Alberta)

George Agnes has assumed some of the responsibilities of the Associate Dean, Students, to the end of the Spring 2018 term. He brings several years of relevant experience to the position. Learn more about George.

Informal Office Drop-in Hours:  December 5th – 7th , and December 12 – 14th (1:30 – 3:30 PM)
Can't make these dates/times?
Schedule an appointment by email (Subject: Request discussion with George Agnes) or call 778-782-3042

Edward Park

Associate Dean, Academic
defence@sfu.ca
MA, PhD (University of Toronto)

Administers academic graduate programs and new graduate programs; reviews academic policies and procedures; develops academic support services for students. Learn more about Edward.

Staff Contacts, Alphabetically

Daria Babeshko

Secretary to the Associate Dean, Academics
defence@sfu.ca

First point of contact for the Associate Dean, Academics. Assistant to the Senate Graduate Studies Committee and Graduate Program Assistant for the Special Arrangements PhD program.

Megan Balog

Communications and Marketing Associate (CAPE)
gradcomm@sfu.ca

Assists with the graduate studies website, blog and events.

Stevie Benisch

Coordinator, Professional Development & Student Experience (CAPE)
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Coordinates and supports the development of professional development programs and events.

Michael Boleak

Business Analyst
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Provides direction and solutions to meet the office business requirements. Responsible for the implementation and maintenance of Graduate Progress Reports (GPRs).

Loren Catotal

Communications Assistant
gradstdy@sfu.ca

First point of contact for visitors to the office.  Assists with the website and responds to inquiries regarding graduate programs and services, student records, deadlines, financial assistance and other academic or administrative services.

Nicholas Chow

Junior Business Analyst
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Provides assistance with troubleshooting day-to-day issues, running queries, maintaining the Academic Progress Report, preparing documents for IT projects, and testing modifications or fixes to systems. 

Deena Coburn

Director, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
gsdir@sfu.ca

Oversees the operation of the Graduate and Postdoctoral office. The Director also assists the Dean in policy matters, strategic priorities and special projects.

Rachel Dawson

Associate Director, Training and Awards
adta@sfu.ca

Responsible for the implementation of policies and processes regarding the training and adjudication of awards and related events; coordinates and supports programs relating to professional development for graduate students.

Sara Du

Manager, Financial and Awards Systems
dgsaward@sfu.ca

Administers all budgetary and financial matters regarding graduate scholarship funding, award payments, and departmental operating budgets.

Shelley Gair

Associate Director, Graduate Admissions, Records and Registration
adgarr@sfu.ca

Provides leadership in the development, integration, management, and delivery of graduate student services including: admission, registration, student records, and graduation. 

Krista Gerlich-Fitzgerald

Coordinator, Academic Programs, Policy, and Curriculum
gscurric@sfu.ca

Responsible for administering and providing advice regarding graduate curriculum and associated procedures and policies.

Alexandra Gunn

Awards Manager
dgsaward@sfu.ca

Administers all merit-based graduate scholarship and award programs from internal and external funding sources.

Sharon Janzen

Records Assistant
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Responsible for processing forms and responding to inquiries related to admissions, registration, student records, and graduation processes. 

Indira Johal

Records Assistant
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Responsible for processing forms and responding to inquiries related to admissions, registration, student records, and graduation processes. 

Angela Li

Graduate Awards Assistant
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Provides support for the administration of all merit-based graduate scholarship and award programs from internal and external funding sources.

Sheilagh MacDonald 

Secretary to the Dean and Associate Dean, Students
gsdean@sfu.ca

First point of contact for the Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Dean, Students.

Stacey Makortoff

Communications Officer (CAPE)
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Responsible for the graduate studies website, blog and assists with strategic communications.

Karen Ng

Manager, Graduate Admissions, Records and Registration
mgrgarr@sfu.ca

Responsible for the day-to-day management of graduate student services including: admission, registration, student records, and graduation processes. 

Damon Pang

Financial Assistant
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Provides support for all budgetary and financial matters regarding graduate scholarship funding, award payments, and departmental operating budgets.

Alina Roman

Immigration Consultant (CAPE)
postdoc@sfu.ca

Provides support to postdoctoral fellows as well as immigration advice and assistance to visiting graduate research students and visiting scholars.

Sheila Singh

Records Assistant
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Responsible for processing forms and responding to inquiries related to admissions, registration, student records, and graduation processes. 

TBA

Group Lead, Admissions and Records
gradstdy@sfu.ca

Directs the day-to-day work flow of the Records Assistants. Responds to inquiries and troubleshoots complicated issues relating to: admissions, registration, student records, and graduation.

TBA

Graduate Indigenous Coordinator (CAPE)
gsindig@sfu.ca

Develops programs and services to support Indigenous graduate students.

TBA

Graduate International Coordinator
gradintl@sfu.ca

Develops programs and services to support international graduate students.

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