Isabelle Côté and John Bechhoefer honoured as 2022 Distinguished SFU Professors

July 26, 2022

From protecting our planet by challenging conventional notions about ecosystem resiliency, to dismantling social and structural factors that limit our sexual and mental health, Simon Fraser University’s (SFU) 2022 Distinguished SFU Professors are tackling some of the most pressing issues impacting our local, national and global communities.

The university honoured nine SFU researchers as our latest Distinguished SFU Professors, including Biological Sciences professor Isabelle Côté and Phyisics professor John Bechhoefer.

“Congratulations to all of our 2022 Distinguished SFU Professors,” says Wade Parkhouse, SFU’s provost and vice-president, academic, pro tem. “Your outstanding research and achievements are pushing the boundaries of knowledge, delivering real-world results."

Recognized for their exceptional performance and distinguished accomplishments relative to their rank and years of service, the 2022 recipients fuel research discoveries, drive social innovation and seek sustainable solutions to help change our world.  

“These nine professors’ outstanding research performances have made them groundbreaking leaders in their diverse fields,” says Dugan O’Neil, SFU’s vice-president, research and international. “They all should be incredibly proud of the impact their work is making to advance knowledge and create a more innovative, inclusive and sustainable society.”  

The program is a joint initiative of the Provost and Vice-President Academic and the Vice-President, Research and International. The Distinguished SFU Professor title comes with a special requirement for members to share their work with the public through events such as lectures, panels and presentations.

Learn about all of this year's recipients here.