University Secretary

This portfolio is responsible for the effective functioning of the University’s Board of Governors, and advises on governance issues.

The University Secretary oversees the administrative areas listed below.

Internal Audit

The University’s Internal Auditor and oversees all internal audit activities at the University. The Internal Auditor’s role is to provide an independent and objective assurance, and to add value and improve the University’s management processes, operations and governance processes through the conduct of a comprehensive, risk-based internal audit plan. All University units and operations fall within the scope of audit services and assessments, which are intended to determine whether the processes of risk management, control, performance measurement and governance—as designed and represented by management—are adequate to ensure the University is operating effectively, efficiently and economically within established laws, regulations, University policies and delegated authorities.

Office of the Ombudsperson

The Ombudsperson at SFU is an independent, impartial and confidential resource for students and provides information and guidance on students' rights and responsibilities, and University regulations, policies and procedures. The Ombudsperson may also make recommendations to the University, where appropriate, for changes to policies and procedures and to promote discussion on institution-wide concerns that impact students. The Ombudsperson is an advocate for fairness in general for the benefit of all students and the university community as a whole. For more information, please visit

Board of Governors Office

The Board of Governors is the senior governing body at SFU constituted under the University Act. The Board and its Committees are responsible for the management, administration and control of the University’s property, finances, and polices. The Board Office assists the effective functioning of the University's Board of Governors.