Sustainability Advisory Council

Sustainability Advisory Council 

SFU is striking a new Sustainability Advisory Council to govern and provide direction for all SFU's sustainability related work. It's initial primary mandate in 2021/2022 will be to guide the work on:

     1. The SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan (SFU 2025) which was approved in January 2020. This plan focuses on climate change mitigation; and
     2. The developing Climate Resilience Plan which is in the community co-design phase and will focus on climate adaptation. 

The SFU 2025 Sustainability Plan (SFU 2025) provides the foundation for SFU's climate action efforts from 2020 to end of 2025. Given a global climate crisis, the Plan mobilizes the entire institution to embed climate action throughout its operations, research, academics and community engagement. The plan includes three overarching goals and 16 climate action targets to guide the institution for the next five years.

Based on the recommendations that came out of early conversations and engagement, the Sustainability Office established a Developmental Advisory Council (DevAC) in Fall 2020 in order to co-create the structure and some of the key frameworks and operational processes of the first full-term Advisory Council (2021).


The primary mandate of the Sustainability Advisory Council is to be the central governance hub for SFU 2025 and Climate Resilience Plan and to advise from a holistic perspective on implementation, reporting, and annual revisions to SFU 2025 in accordance with the university’s priorities and commitments and SFU 2025 principles. This Council will be connected to both plans and all related initiatives and ideally will have a more integrated and birds eye view of the interconnections and system-wide linkages.

It is important to note that the work of this Council will be done on the unceded and stolen traditional territories of the Squamish  (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) Nations (in Vancouver & Burnaby respectfully) and the Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Qayqayt, Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), numerous Stó:lō Nations, Semiahmoo, and Tsawwassen (in Surrey) on which Simon Fraser University has three main campuses in the colonially renamed cities of Burnaby, Vancouver, and Surrey.  

The design of the Council and processes members participate in will be developed with an intention to begin decolonizing the work the Council does and bring recognition of, and respect for, a land based and relational approach to governance at SFU. 

Sustainability Advisory Council members


  • Maya Gislason (Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences)
  • Stephen Makonin (Adjunct Professor, Engineering Science)
  • Feyza G. Sahinyazan (Assistant Professor, Beedie School of Business)


  • Nastenka Calle (Program Manager, Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions)
  • Gabby Doebeli (Simon Fraser Public Interest Research Group [SFPIRG]) 
  • Ali White (Embark Sustainability Society)

* The S-AC is not endorsed by organizations, departments, and other affiliations associated with members


  • Serena Bains (SFU Disability and Neurodiversity Alliance) 
  • Harvin Vinny Bhathal (Former Features Editor for The Peak, SLC Peer Educator, School of Communication, Department of Geography)
  • Tiara Cash  (Graduate Research Assistant, Helping and Happiness Lab and Grad Rep, SOCA)
  • Florencia Comesana (School of Resource and Environmental Management student and Membership with the Planning Institute of BC)
  • Megan Donahue 
  • Mari Frances Orosco
  • Ndini Isaac Maulana (Vice President, SFU SOCA)
  • Alea Mohamed (President, International Studies Student Association)
  • Sigbrit Søchting 
  • Brennan Strandberg-Salmon (Faculty of Environment student, SFU350 member)
  • Kyle Yeung (VP Internal, Behavioural Neuroscience Student Society)
  • Victor Yin (Geography student and Out on Campus)

Terms of Reference

* Sustainability Advisory Council Living Terms of Reference.pdf
Sustainability Advisory Council Living Terms of Reference


The Sustainability Advisory Council will meet for two hours, once per month and at the call of the Chair/Facilitator. Meetings will be scheduled with a minimum of four (4) weeks advance notice before the meeting date. The first meeting will take place on May 26, 2021. 

For more information on SFU’s five-year strategic sustainability plan, visit