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Media Advisory: SFU to recognize 4 outstanding alumni

September 19, 2019

Shradhha Sharma, University Communications & Marketing, 604.202.2504,

Simon Fraser University and the Alumni Association are honouring four inspiring alumni - an international wireless technology pioneer; an award-making filmmaker; a scientist and aquaculture innovator; and one of the youngest CEOs in the Fortune 500 - with 2019 SFU Outstanding Alumni Awards.

The annual awards recognizes SFU alumni whose achievements reflect SFU’s mandate of engaging the world. This year's four recipients are making exceptional community contributions at home and abroad. They include:

• Isabel Ge Mahe, vice-president and managing director of Greater China, Apple Inc.;
• Kathleen Hepburn, an award-winning Canadian screenwriter and film director
• Hew Choy Leong, a distinguished scientist and innovator
• Mark Okerstrom, CEO of the Expedia Group

For more details on the honorees, visit:

WHAT: SFU Outstanding Alumni Awards 2019   
WHEN: Friday, September 20, 2019, 5:30 pm -Reception, 6:30 pm – Award presentation
WHERE: Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Grand Ballroom, North Tower, 1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver B.C.
MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Media guests are invited to attend the event. The award recipients are available for interviews. To schedule an interview, please contact Shradhha Sharma at

About Simon Fraser University:

As Canada’s engaged university, SFU works with communities, organizations and partners to create, share and embrace knowledge that improves life and generates real change. We deliver a world-class education with lifelong value that shapes change-makers, visionaries and problem-solvers. We connect research and innovation to entrepreneurship and industry to deliver sustainable, relevant solutions to today’s problems. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 155,000 alumni in 143 countries.

Simon Fraser University: Engaging Students. Engaging Research. Engaging Communities.

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