Chancellor Anne Giardini recognized for exceptional career

October 19, 2015

SFU Chancellor Anne Giardini will be recognized next month with a lifetime achievement award at the bi-annual Western Canada General Counsel Awards.

The award acknowledges Giardini’s career at Weyerhaeuser Company Limited, the Canadian subsidiary of one of the world’s leading forest products companies.

A lawyer, she joined Weyerhaeuser as in-house legal counsel in 1994, then became vice-president and general counsel in 2006. In 2008 she was appointed president. She retired from her role at Weyerhaeuser in October 2014.

“During her long career with Weyerhaeuser, Anne established a reputation as a thought leader in sustainability, natural resources, public and government relations, safety, the environment, risk and brand management, operations and manufacturing, corporate governance and transactions,” says her award nomination.

An SFU alumna, Giardini has received many awards for legal and corporate work, and has been recognized for her advocacy encouraging greater female engagement in non-traditional sectors and roles.

In 2014 the Women’s Executive Network selected her as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, and in 2011 the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association honoured her with its Robert V. A. Jones Award for her active involvement in the in-house legal counsel community and her writing on topics important to the field of corporate law. In 2010 she was appointed Queen’s Counsel.

Giardini, the daughter of novelist Carol Shields, has published two novels and is an editor of a collection of her mother’s writing advice to be published in spring 2016.

“I have had the great joy of an interesting career,” Giardini says. “Stepping down from a full-time role means I can give back to my alma mater, Simon Fraser, work at directorships and other roles, and, I hope, spend more time writing.”