The vice-president, academic and provost (VPA) provides vision and leadership to Simon Fraser University’s academic activities, and serves as its senior academic officer. It’s an honour and a privilege to serve in this role.
Part of what drew me to this area is the inspiring and energetic people I’ve met at this institution. I’m a firm believer, if you have good people in all sorts of roles, and if you support, trust, and empower those people, an institution will only grow stronger.
Our team is tasked with the oversight, coordination, and smooth operation of SFU’s academic programming, which is delivered through our campuses in Burnaby, Surrey, and Vancouver. We serve a large and diverse community including eight faculties, Lifelong Learning, Graduate Studies, Faculty Relations, the Office for Aboriginal Peoples, and Student Services.
Faculty members and the staff who support them are the teachers and research mentors of our organization, the heart and soul of the work any university does. All the ways that students encounter the university and our faculty are the responsibility of our team. Together, we’re helping prepare students for tomorrow and we’re thrilled to be a part of such wide-ranging work.
I invite you to learn more about us by exploring this website, as well as those of the faculties and their academic units.
Dr. Catherine Dauvergne
Vice-President, Academic and Provost
About 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.