Office of the President

Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

Statements & Speeches

2017

Convocation Address
June 2017

Buillding B.C.'s Innovation Economy: What will it take to become a global leader?
Presentation to the Vancouver Board of Trade
May 30, 2017

President's Closing Remarks at C2UExpo 2017: For the Common Good
May 5, 2017

Community engagement outperforms university rankings
Article published in University World News
March 24, 2017

Connecting with Communities vs. Racing for Rankings: Why Community Engagement is a Better Strategy than Seeking Higher Rankings
Article published in Higher Education in the World 6 : Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local (PDF 365 kb available here)
Global University Network for Innovation
March 2017

Opinion: Who needs Canada?
Op-ed article published in the Vancouver Sun
February 25, 2017

President's Speech at We Are All SFU event 
February 2, 2017

Building BC's Knowledge Economy: Surrey Leads the Way
Presentation to the Surrey Board of Trade
January 31, 2017

President's Statement on U.S. Travel Ban
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anuary 29, 2017

2016

Making Universities Canada's Innovation Accelerators
Article in Policy Magazine
September/October 2016

Education: British Columbia’s Best Resource Driver
Presentations to the Vancouver and Burnaby Boards of Trade
May 27 and June 14, 2016

Statement on Orlando shootings
Message of condolence
June 13, 2016

Convocation Address
June 2016

Opinion: Let's make B.C. the Education Province
Op-ed article published in the Vancouver Sun
June 4, 2016

2015

Open for Business: Putting SFU's Innovation
Strategy to Work in Surrey

Presentation to the Surrey Board of Trade
November 6, 2015

We The City Poem
As read at We The City: An Evening at the Centre
November 4, 2015

We The City: Simon Fraser University leads a week-long look at city building
Op-ed article submitted to the Vancouver Sun
October 26, 2015

Convocation Address
October 2015

Canada's universities missing advice about market needs and opportunities
Op-ed article published in the Globe and Mail
July 21, 2015

Convocation Address
June 2015

British Columbia's Innovation Engines:
How universities can help us win in the global economy

Revised presentation to the Burnaby Board of Trade (June 2, 2015)
and the Vancouver Board of Trade (April 28, 2015)

Video: BC could become Canada's education hub
Interview for the Vancouver Sun - Conversations that Matter
April 24, 2015

Post-secondary institutions key drivers of economy
Op-ed article with UBC President Arvind Gupta submitted to the Vancouver Sun
March 4, 2015

Article in Higher Education in the World 6 : Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local
Global University Network for Innovation, March 2017
Article in Higher Education in the World 6 : Towards a Socially Responsible University: Balancing the Global with the Local
Global University Network for Innovation, March 2017

2013

The Art of Policy Making: What's Science got to do with it?
[Revised text of a speech delivered at a public lecture hosted by the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Science, Vancouver, November 26, 2013]

Weaving the Academy into the Fabric of Community: The Simon Fraser University Experience
Article included in Conference Proceedings (page 234-237) - Cities Learning Together - Local Communities in the Sustainable and Healthy Learning City, Hosted by the Hong Kong Institute of Education (PDF of Full Conference Proceedings available here - 6MB)
November 18-20, 2013

Address to Vancouver Probus Club
October 8, 2013

Convocation Address
October 2013

SFU Public Square - Welcome Address for Evening with Robert Reich
October 3, 2013

The Power of Engagement: Leveraging the best of SFU for the next 50 years
Op-ed article sumbitted to the Vancouver Sun
September 7, 2013

Convocation Address
June 2013

The Role of Universities in Promoting Strong Democracy
Link to CBC: 2107 Starts Now presentation (youtube)
April 5, 2013

Staying Ahead in the Knowledge Economy: SFU and the Opportunity Agenda for BC
Presentation to the Vancouver Board of Trade
April 4, 2013

An Opportunity Agenda for Surrey
Presentation to the Surrey Board of Trade
March 20, 2013

From Ivory Tower to Public Square: Democracy and the Engaged University
Presentation to the Sixth Annual World Universities Forum
January 10, 2013

Universities can help arrest the decline of democracy
Op-ed article published in the Globe and Mail
January 16, 2013

2012

BC losing ground in knowledge economy race
Op-ed article submitted to the Vancouver Sun
December 20, 2012

Province losing ground in knowledge economy race
Edited version of Op-ed article published in the Vancouver Sun
December 20, 2012

Keynote Address at Changing Times: Inspiring Libraries Summit
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC
December 07, 2012

President’s Address at SFU’s 5th Annual Diwali Gala
Crown Palace Banquet Hall, Surrey, BC
November 08, 2012

SFU in Vancouver: Community Building and the Engaged University
Presentation to the Downtown Vancouver Association
November 6, 2012

Education: How much is enough?
Op-Ed article submitted to The Globe and Mail
October 30, 2012

Universities teach adaptabiity, not just skills
Edited version of Op-Ed Article published in The Globe and Mail
October 30, 2012

SFU Surrey Gala - edited remarks
October 10, 2012

Convocation Address
October 2012
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MOSAIC Annual General Meeting Keynote Address
September 27, 2012

Beyond Isolation: SFU Public Square - a new space where minds can meet
Op-ed article in The Vancouver Sun
September 24, 2012

SFU Public Square Launch Remarks
June 19, 2012

Opening a Public Square: SFU closes gap in “disconnected” community
Op-ed article in The Vancouver Sun
June 18, 2012

Convocation Address
June 2012

SFU Vision Launch Remarks
February 20, 2012

Invest in Education
Op-ed article in The Vancouver Sun
January 27, 2012

2011

Statement on Virginia Tech Shootings
December 8, 2011

Convocation Address
October 2011

Statement on Famine in Africa
July 2011

Statement on the earthquake and tsunami in Japan
July 2011

Report to the Community 2011/12
June 2011

Convocation Address
June 2011

See future at SFU Open House
Article in the Surrey Now, May 26, 2011

SFU and Surrey : Envisioning Silicon Valley North
Remarks to the Surrey Board of Trade, May 10, 2011

Condolence message from President Petter
March  2011

envision>SFU: Shaping the Future of Canada's most Community-Engaged Research University
Remarks to the Vancouver Board of Trade, February 28, 2011

envision>SFU Launch Remarks
February 10, 2011

Simon Fraser University: the Making of an "Engaged University" – Remarks to the Global Civic Society's Public Salon, February 1, 2011

A New President Reflects on SFU's Present and Future Role in BC Higher Education – Your Education Matters interview January 2011.

Thar's gold in them thar hills (and downtown, too)
Article in the Vancouver Sun, January 18, 2011

2010

Candidates' post-secondary stance key
Opinion page of the Vancouver Sun, December 30, 2010
in collaboration with David H. Turpin, University of Victoria
and Geoff Plant, Heenan Blakie.

Installation Address
October 7, 2010