Vice-President, Academic and Provost (VPA)

Dr. Catherine Dauvergne, QC

Dr. Dauvergne combines an impressive record of scholarship with progressive administrative experience. She most recently finished her five-year term as the Dean of Law at the Peter A. Allard School at UBC. During her term, she implemented an experiential learning curriculum, developed a post-graduation debt-relief pilot program—the first of its kind among law schools in western Canada—and led the implementation of Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action within the school.

Dr. Dauvergne also served as the Special Advisor to the UBC President from 2009 to 2011, where she was co-director of the international strategic planning group, led a province-wide working group on university finance, and worked with the inaugural Ombudsperson to support students at the school. Over her career, Dr. Dauvergne has worked in the areas of refugee, immigration, and citizenship law and held a Canada Research Chair in Migration Law for 10 years. Dr. Dauvergne was named a Pierre Elliot Trudeau Foundation Fellow in 2012 in recognition of her contributions to public discourse and appointed to the Queen’s Counsel in 2019. At SFU, Dr. Dauvergne is part of the School for International Studies.



Rummana Khan Hemani

Rummana Khan Hemani has spent the past three decades working in higher education administration with a focus on Student Services and has served as the Registrar and Executive Director, Student Enrollment at Simon Fraser University since 2016. Her professional experience spans admissions, financial aid, academic advising, student transition and success, co-curricular learning, student information systems, and provincial policy on post-secondary admissions and transfer. She serves on a number of provincial organizations including the BC Council on Admissions and Transfer and the Education Planner BC Steering Committee. Rummana completed her BBA and MEd at SFU. Her research interests are in academic advising and its implications for international student success. She is currently completing a PhD in Education with a focus on intercultural issues in academic advising as they impact international and new Canadian students.


Laya Behbahani

Laya Behbahani is the Director of the Student Experience Initiative. She is also a Sessional Instructor in Labour Studies and a PhD student at the School of Communication at Simon Fraser University. She completed her BA(Hons) and MA at the School of Criminology at SFU before completing further course work at the University of Vienna, BCIT and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She previously worked at the Human Trafficking and Migrant Smuggling Section of the UN Office in Vienna, Austria, served as a researcher at the Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business at the Schulich School of Business and was a Partner at a think tank in Washington DC.

Projects Development & Operations

Chris Januardi Lim

Chris Lim is a graduate of both Simon Fraser University's Bachelor's and Master's program in the field of Communication. He also holds a Master's degree from the Communication University of China in Global Communication. In academia, he focused his research on intercultural and transnational flow of media. His experience spans from a vast array of industries such as education, tourism, news media, banking, and non-profits. Additionally, he has deep interests in sports and technology.