Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Petter's Perspective: Notes from the President

Welcome to an exciting new year at SFU

January 02, 2019

Welcome to a new year and a new semester at Simon Fraser University. I hope you had a relaxing holiday break and are ready for an exciting and productive 2019.

If you are a new student this semester – congratulations! You’ve made a great choice, and we are pleased to have you as a part of the SFU community. I encourage you to take advantage of the many learning opportunities that SFU has to offer – both inside and outside the classroom.

For starters, check out the Week of Welcome activities that we have planned from January 8 to 10 at all three campuses: www.sfu.ca/wow.

We are also looking forward to welcoming 650 delegates from 12 universities to the Burnaby Campus for JDC West 2019 – Western Canada’s largest business competition. Our Beedie School of Business will host the event from January 11 to 13 which showcases the best in academics, athletics and debate.

For the broader community, there are several ways to engage with SFU throughout the semester, including lectures and activities designed to spark dialogue and discussion.

On January 8, we launch a President’s Dream Colloquium on HIV/AIDS at SFU Harbor Centre with an art exhibit and lecture featuring Dr. Julio Montaner, Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS.

SFU Public Square will mount its annual Community Summit from April 10 to 18. This year’s summit theme is “Confronting the Disinformation Age” – a timely topic in light of growing concerns about digital propaganda and “fake news.” Stay tuned for further details on what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking summit.

Also this semester:

We’re preparing for the opening of our new Sustainable Energy Engineering Building at SFU Surrey Campus, plus the opening of the new Student Union Building at SFU Burnaby – both scheduled for 2019.

Also this year, SFU’s Vancouver Campus marks its 30th anniversary. We hope you will join us at one of the many events to celebrate three decades of teaching, learning and community engagement.

This is just a sampling of the many things happening at SFU in the coming months. I look forward to seeing you on campus and in the community – and I wish you a rewarding new semester and wonderful new year.