Leading what's next for SFU

"It is a privilege to serve this community, and one that I don’t take lightly. From research and teaching to community engagement, I am so proud of where we’ve been and excited about where we're going. I invite you to come along as we advance an inclusive and sustainable future, together."

Meet Joy

Dr. Joy Johnson is SFU's 10th president and vice-chancellor. Widely respected in the academic and research communities, Joy stepped into the role of president after six years of achievement as SFU’s vice-president, research and international, and a long career in academia, research and innovation.

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In 2022, Joy co-led an extensive series of community conversations to discuss the future of the university. What's Next: The SFU Strategy came directly out of these conversations and outlines SFU's vision, purpose and values, alongside four priorities that create a framework for action moving forward:

  • Uphold truth and Reconciliation
  • Engage in global challenges
  • Make a difference for B.C.
  • Transform the SFU experience

Learn more about how Joy approaches each priority in her role as president.

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From the President's Desk: How SFU is building a different kind of medical school

"When the Province of British Columbia asked Simon Fraser University to establish the first new medical school in Western Canada in 55 years on our Surrey campus, I knew both the weight of that commitment and the exciting opportunity that came with it."

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