- About Joy
- Statement on academic freedom
- Welcome back faculty and staff
- Welcome back students
- Statement on scholar strike
- Reflections on my first 30 days
- Taking care of ourselves, taking care of each other
- Equity, diversity and inclusion commitments
- Statement on SFU's Athletics Team Name Change
- Finding connection in times of adversity
- Wishing you a safe and restful holiday break
- Op-ed: SFU helping drive social, economic innovation in time of crisis
- Welcome new SFU students
- UPDATED Jan. 6: My response to Dec. 11 event in SFU dining hall
- Celebrating Black History Month
- The University’s Role and Contributions to a Just Recovery Over the Next Decade
- Inspired by meetings with SFU Faculty and Staff
- Looking forward to Summer and Fall
- Opinion: This is why SFU is backing the Burnaby Mountain gondola
- External Review of December 11, 2020 Event
- Facing the future with hope
- President's statement on TransMountain Expansion Project and support for a fire hall on Burnaby mountain
SFU has consistently raised concerns over the TransMountain Expansion Project specific to the tank farm and the risk it poses to our community of students, staff and faculty and UniverCity residents. Despite those concerns, the project was approved and continues to move ahead.
In my role as the new president of SFU I would like to reiterate that the University remains opposed to anything that increases the risk to our community. There are significant safety concerns about risk of fire, release of toxic emissions and potential blockage of the only evacuation route from SFU’s Burnaby campus in event of a fire and/or tank explosion at the tank farm.
When the tank farm expansion is complete, tanks will be within two hundred meters of the Gaglardi Way/Burnaby Mountain Parkway intersection, which is the only vehicle emergency access and egress route for the SFU Burnaby campus.
A new fire hall on top of Burnaby Mountain is a key component to protecting people at SFU and UniverCity. We strongly support the Burnaby Fire Department’s request to move this work forward and are working with the City of Burnaby on possible fire hall locations. In any emergency evacuation of the Burnaby campus, including an emergency fire related to the tank farm, SFU would rely on the Burnaby Fire Department along with other emergency responders to ensure the safety of our community.
It is imperative that our federal and local governments protect our community from any approved government initiatives that may impact safety. We continue to urge them to implement all safety measures to ensure our community is protected with the tank farm expansion currently underway.