Pictured above: Candace Le Roy, director of SFU's Sustainability Office

Faculty and Staff

SFU staffers take home two awards at national conference

June 13, 2017
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By Alexandre Pappas

Simon Fraser University staff have been recognized with two awards at the 2017 Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO) in Ottawa.

Candace Le Roy, director of SFU’s Sustainability Office, was presented with CAUBO’s Emerging Leader Award, a prize that identifies future leaders in higher education known for their innovative and meaningful contributions to their profession. Since taking office in 2014, Le Roy and her small but talented team have undertaken several award-winning collaborative projects. This includes their Zero Waste Initiative which has been recognized with a 2016 Innovation Award from the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) and first prize in the 2016 Quality & Productivity Awards at last year’s CAUBO Annual Conference. The team was also recently recognized with a 2017 Environmental Star award from the City of Burnaby for the comprehensive planning process used to develop the University’s first community-developed 20-year Sustainability Vision and Goals.

“We’ve been successful because we have a well-functioning team of hard working, competent, and dedicated individuals,” says Le Roy. “I learn from, and get inspired by, my team and colleagues on a daily basis by their incredible creativity, hard work, and passion of our team that leads us to our successes.”

For Le Roy, sustainability is more than just thinking green. At its core, sustainability is about is good design and planning for current and future resilience.

"The Sustainability Office helps by supporting the administration, staff, faculty, and students in using sustainability as a lens to view their decisions, their role in the University, and their own daily actions so that we can develop and scale solutions and social innovation with more regularity and predictability," she says. 

Randy Raine

SFU’s second award was a 3rd Prize in the Open category of CAUBO’s Quality and Productivity Awards recognizing IT Services for their work on SFU vault; a cloud storage and file sharing solution for faculty, staff, and students. Randy Raine, director, Enterprise Architecture, says it’s exciting to be honored by the larger University community but admits the project was also very much a team effort.

SFU vault offers students, staff, and faculty access to a highly versatile cloud storage service at no cost that can be used across multiple devices. The service also provides easy file sharing between teams or individual users to assist in the various projects undertaken by University members and to foster collaboration from external access points.

Raine says SFU vault reached their target of 6,000 users in the first 10 months of the system going live and continues to grow. “The feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. The service has provided a simple and effective way for community members to safely and securely store their data files in a way which met FIPPA requirements, but at the same time allowed them to easily share these files with others both inside the SFU community as well as those outside. As the product develops we hope to be able to incorporate more features into the service.”