Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President


Wishing you a happy – and eventful – new year

January 03, 2018

Welcome to a new semester at Simon Fraser University – and what promises to be an exciting 2018.

If you are an incoming student, congratulations on making a great choice! SFU has been dubbed a “build your own adventure” kind of university, and you will find a myriad of exciting opportunities to deepen your knowledge and broaden your horizons - both inside and outside the classroom.

For starters, new and returning students are encouraged to participate in Week of Welcome activities from January 3 to 5 at all three campuses.

But the opportunities to engage and learn are not limited to students.  Novice and veteran teaching assistants, tutor-markers and sessional instructors are invited to take part in the Teaching and Learning Centre’s 22nd Annual TA/TM Day on January 5. And SFU’s Recreation Trial Week which runs from January 22 to 26 is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members who would like to try SFU's registered programming for free.

SFU Public Square mounts its annual Community Summit from February 26 to March 7. This year’s summit theme is “The Future of Work” – a timely topic that will explore the fundamental changes taking place in the lives of working people in Canada. Stay tuned for further details on what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking event.

In addition, several other SFU units and departments will feature free lectures and activities througout the semester designed to spark dialogue and discussion. These include SFU Continuing Studies’ public lecture program, Lunch Poems at SFU’s Vancouver Campus, the Department of History's lecture series, and the President’s Faculty Lecture Series.  

Also during this semester:

  • The 6th annual Healthy Campus Champion reception will take place on January 16;
  • The Jack Blaney Award for Dialogue will be presented to Alice Nderitu on February 20;
  • The annual Surrey Gala will happen on March 9.
  • The Faculty of Communication, Art & Technology will host the Undergraduate Conference on March 9; and
  • The President's Distinguished Community Leadership Award Dinner will be held on April 18.

This is just a glimpse of what’s in store at SFU in the coming months as we once again demonstrate our commitment to being “Canada’s community-engaged university.”

I look forward to seeing you on campus and in the community – and I wish you a very productive and rewarding semester.