Last updated April 27, 2023

SFU’s people are central to the university's academic mission and success. Together, faculty members and staff uniquely fulfill the academic mission by delivering and supporting leading-edge research and teaching the leaders of tomorrow. Over the past few years, SFU has received a significant amount of feedback and has made commitments to advance opportunities that foster an environment where people can do their best work. 

We are delighted to share the next stage of that journey: SFU's People Plan, a blueprint for transforming the faculty and staff experience for the next five years (2023-2028). The Plan is a clear and practical framework, designed to listen to the needs of the SFU community and support the delivery of our academic mission. 

The plan includes six key themes, 23 early actions and four working groups to guide success and support faculty and staff at SFU. It is aligned with SFU’s existing and future plans and priorities, including What’s Next: the SFU Strategy, the Equity Compass, the SFU-Aboriginal Reconciliation Council and Pathways reports, and the Strategic Sustainability and Climate Action Plan. It is designed to enable our faculty and staff to deliver on our Academic Plan 2019-2024 and Strategic Research Plan.


Between November 2022 and March 2023, we heard from many individuals and teams about what mattered most to them. We hosted 16 meetings and roundtable discussions that were attended by more than 500 faculty members, People Leaders and staff, and we received 1,360 written comments. We heard what people liked, what they felt was missing, what they wanted us to consider in developing the plan, and what their key priorities were for both the organization and their teams. The engagements resulted in rich feedback that we themed and incorporated into the plan.

  Groups Engaged Dates


By direct invitation

Executive and Senior Leadership
November 8-9, 2022
November 10, 2022
November 30, 2022
Leadership Foundation Program Participants
December 5, 2022
VPPEI Leadership and Team
December 7, 2022
December 8, 2022
Faculty Relations Team
February 15, 2023
Faculty Directors of Administration
March 2, 2023

Open Conversations

Advertised online and by email (What's On newsletter)    

People Leaders across SFU
January 26, 2023
Staff February 1, 2023
February 8, 2023
Written feedback collection People Plan Town Hall registrants January 26 - February 15, 2023   


  • Establish formal working groups across People Plan themes
  • Prioritize actions for first 18 months
  • Implement the 23 initial actions identified in the Plan for 2023-2024
  • First annual status report – 2024