Peter Anderson in the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre in Kamloops, B.C., where he is assisting with advanced planning as the province battles major forest fires that have so far seen more than 14,000 people evacuated from their homes.

Faculty and Staff

Peter Anderson receives 2017 Chis Dagg Award for International Impact

July 14, 2017

This summer, SFU communication professor Peter Anderson has been consulting with the B.C. government on emergency communications during the province’s worst forest fire season in decades.

His involvement is not surprising. He has dedicated much of his career to improving the world’s capacity to respond to emergencies such as tsunamis, floods, earthquakes and forest fires—work that has now earned him SFU’s 2017 Chris Dagg Award for International Impact.

The annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of a member of SFU’s faculty or staff who has made a significant contribution to SFU’s internationalization. The award is named after the late Chris Dagg, a former director of project and support services for SFU International who devoted more than 30 years to shaping and advancing SFU's commitment to international development. He spearheaded many of SFU’s first international projects, in Indonesia and in China.

Anderson, an SFU alumnus, has taught communication at SFU for more than 40 years, and is director of the Telematics Research Laboratory at SFU.

Over the course of his career he has pioneered many new online systems for international and Canadian humanitarian and disaster-reduction organizations. These have included the UN’s first Internet tool for humanitarian relief activities, and a tsunami early-warning toolkit now used in coastal communities worldwide. In the ’90s he also created an Internet-based system to facilitate civil emergency planning among the 22 countries of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program.

And his telematics research has even contributed to communication solutions and innovative technology for planetary and lunar explorations.

In 2013 Anderson was appointed to the Order of British Columbia, an honour that recognizes those who have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of their fellow citizens.