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Royal Society of Canada awards three SFU scholars with country's highest academic honour

September 05, 2023

Three Simon Fraser University (SFU) scholars have been named to the Royal Society of Canada (RSC)—two of them as Fellows and one as a member of the society’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists—bringing SFU's total number of active RSC members to more than 80 researchers.

Membership in the RSC is Canada’s highest academic honour.

“We have so many incredible researchers at SFU who are working hard to build a more healthy, inclusive and sustainable world,” says SFU President and Vice-Chancellor Joy Johnson. “As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, I am particularly proud that the RSC has recognized their scholarship and cannot wait to see what they accomplish next.”

Established in 1882 as Canada’s national academy, the society promotes research and learning in the arts, humanities and sciences. RSC awards fellowships to peer-elected and distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions in these fields. Aligned with SFU’s vision as a leading research university, advancing an inclusive and sustainable future, the society’s mandate is to build a better future for Canada and the world.

The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists recognizes emerging intellectual leaders who have demonstrated high achievement during their early careers.

“Congratulations to SFU’s newest RSC inductees on this incredible achievement,” says Dugan O'Neil, SFU vice-president of research and international. “Their leading research on some of today’s critical global issues is making a profound impact in Canada and beyond.”

Caroline Colijn, Professor and Canada 150 Research Chair in Mathematics for Infection, Evolution and Public Health, Faculty of Science

Working at the interface of mathematics and the epidemiology and evolution of pathogens, Colijn has developed a unique fusion of genomics and epidemiological modelling and inference. Her advice has frequently been sought after by media and policymakers.

Isabelle Côté, Distinguished SFU Professor, Marine Ecology and Conservation, Faculty of Science

An internationally recognized marine ecologist, Côté has pioneered the use of meta-analysis to identify long-term patterns of ecological change on coral reefs. Her work challenges conventional notions about ecosystem resilience and marine management.

Bohdan Nosyk, Professor, St. Paul's Hospital Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research Chair in HIV/AIDS Research, Faculty of Health Sciences

A leading scientist in health economics, Nosyk’s modeling and analytical approaches have informed complex policy decisions surrounding the prevention and management of HIV/AIDS and substance use disorders in numerous settings across the globe.

Read the full announcement from the Royal Society of Canada.


The Government of Canada's Research Support Fund (RSF) supports with funding for Institutional Strategic Awards (ISA) staff. These positions help SFU researchers increase success, reduce administrative burden, and make it possible for the university and SFU faculty to successfully compete for the most significant and prestigious grants, prizes and awards available.

To suggest a candidate for the 2024 Royal Society of Canada nominations, please contact Institutional Strategic Awards at awards@sfu.ca.