SFU: What's Next?

In 2012, SFU adopted its current vision: to be Canada’s leading engaged university.

And that vision has taken us far—today, we are recognized as one of the top universities in Canada, and our research impact is recognized around the world.

But the world is much different now than it was in 2012.

And as we return to campuses after two years of learning, teaching, researching, engaging and working remotely while navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, we have an opportunity to consider the changing world around us and what it means for our role and priorities as a university.

We have a strong foundation to build on. It's time to ask: What’s next for SFU?

Our approach

SFU: What’s Next? is a cross-university collaboration co-led by SFU President Joy Johnson and Provost and Vice-President Academic, pro tem Wade Parkhouse, and sponsored by the SFU Senior Leadership Team of Vice-Presidents, Deans and Associate Vice-Presidents.

This year, we are engaging in community conversations to help us collectively express SFU's vision, purpose, priorities and commitments, with the goal of developing a framework that aligns efforts across the university.

We’re asking you What’s Next because we want to hear from you to ensure this framework accurately reflects the values and priorities of SFU communities.


How are we engaging?

SFU: What’s Next? was built to be flexible and iterative, and to address the diverse needs and preferences of community members.  

The development of this process has been guided by the advice of a pan-university advisory team, conversations with groups across SFU and external specialists, as well as previous projects and engagements such as the Steering Committee on Personal Safety report recommendations.

This project will also be supported at various stages by internal and external partners, including the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, SFU’s Office of Community Engagement, SFU Public Square, Kirkwood Consulting and Nahanee Creative.

What have we heard before?

In recent years, a number of consultations have been held to learn more about how SFU communities – including students, faculty, staff, alumni and partners – feel about various aspects of the university’s operations.

A few examples are:

Those reports are also being reviewed as part of SFU: What’s Next? to ensure that existing input is represented.

How will the input be used?

SFU: What’s Next? will help define and clarify the SFU story—bringing together who we’ve been, who we are now, and most importantly, how we want to move forward as a university community. The outcomes of this process will define SFU’s vision, purpose, commitments and priorities.

There are many people with a connection to SFU who need to be heard. The input gathered through each conversation will be documented and grouped into common themes.

Themes will be shared on this website, along with ThoughtExchange conversations, notes from round table discussions, town hall recordings and survey results. They will be presented to the Senior Leadership Team for review and discussion, and the Senior Leadership Team will make recommendations to the President and Provost for final decision.

If you have any questions about SFU: What's Next? please contact


Ready to share your ideas?

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