Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


Thank you for celebrating 50 years with SFU

June 10, 2016

Simon Fraser University’s 50th Anniversary celebrations are coming to an end, but this year will no doubt be remembered as one of the most rewarding and exciting ever.

From the 50th Anniversary Kickoff and spectacular Celebrate and Savour event on September 9th to this week’s Spring Convocation ceremonies, it’s been wonderful to celebrate SFU’s five decades with faculty, staff, students, alumni and many extraordinary guests.

Over the past year, the university hosted some 350 special events with a remarkable 25,000 registrations.

Among these were SFU Woodward’s special cultural offerings, including Hidden Past Digital Futures: A Festival of Immersive Art, the world premiere of air india [redacted], and the Western Canadian premiere of Robert Lepage’s 887.

SFU Public Square presented its fourth annual Community Summit, We The City, engaging thousands across Canada on the theme of city building.

The university hosted two well-attended President’s Dream Colloquia on Travelling for Health and Engaging Big Data, the latter culminating in a presentation that drew 3000 people to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to hear Edward Snowden speak on Big Data, Security and Human Rights.

We partnered with the City of Burnaby on the Burnaby Festival of Learning which showcased community learning and engagement and hosted 13,000 participants.

These are just a few of the many events – big and small, local and international, educational and entertaining – that we mounted as part of our anniversary celebrations.

As we have reflected on how far we have come in the past fifty years, we have also looked ahead to an even brighter future. SFU will continue to educate, deliberate, innovate and forge exciting new paths.  And, yes, we will continue to engage like no other university with the communities we serve, here at home and around the world.

Thank you for joining us to commemorate our 50th Anniversary. And to the many faculty, staff, students, volunteers and community partners who helped, thank you for your remarkable efforts in making this milestone year the success it has been.