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Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

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Groundbreaking Chair will help promote First Nations’ health

March 25, 2015

Simon Fraser University made strides this week in advancing its twin goals of supporting Aboriginal peoples and of being a leader in research mobilization.

 On Tuesday, representatives of SFU, the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) and St Paul’s Hospital Foundation announced the establishment of the First Nations Health Authority Chair in Heart Health and Wellness.

The Chair – a first of its kind in Western Canada – will lead research and education efforts, and guide policy on First Nations’ heart health and disease prevention.

Located at FNHA, SFU and St. Paul’s Hospital, the Chair will also play a leadership role locally, provincially and nationally in developing a research network and program of excellence in First Nations heart health.

The initiative exemplifies the capacity and responsibility of universities and health care agencies to support First Nations in overcoming longstanding health disparities and promoting wellness within their communities.

As Canada’s most community-engaged research university, SFU is honoured to collaborate with FNHA and St Paul’s Hospital in this important new venture.


Leonard George
Grand Chief Edward Grant John
SFU President Andrew Petter
Standing left to right: Andrew Petter, First Nations Health Authority CEO Joe Gallagher, President & CEO of Providence Health Care Diane Doyle, President & CEO of St. Paul's Hospital Foundation Dick Vollet, Dean of Health Sciences at SFU John O'Neil, Head of Cardiology and Medical Director of the Healthy Heart Program at St. Paul's Hospital Andrew Ignaszewski, and seated: Chief Medical Officer, First Nations Health Authority Evan Adams