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          Office of the President

          Andrew Petter, President and Vice-Chancellor

          Statements & Speeches

          2020

          From global crises come silver linings — how advanced education can help chart a new course
          Article published in the Vancouver Sun
          June 6, 2020

          SFU Stands in Solidarity Against Racism: Statement from the President
          June 2, 2020

          SFU: An Engaged University on Top of the World
          Presentation to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
          May 27, 2020

          Interview for Pragalis's How I Lead Change podcast series
          May 19, 2020

          President’s statement on recent incidents of racism and xenophobia
          May 13, 2020

          Opinion: Research universities recognize unique responsibility to fight spread of pandemic
          Op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun
          Research Universities’ Council of British Columbia
          April 30, 2020

          Statement on federal government’s support for students and recent graduates
          April 23, 2020

          Engaging with the Impact of COVID-19 at SFU
          Article published in Rethinking Higher Ed
          April 13, 2020

          Interview with Talloires Network
          For the series: “Adapting to the New Reality: Civically Engaged Universities Offer Strategies and Hope
          April 9, 2020

          Think Digitally, Act Locally: Universities will Thrive in a Technological Age by Serving and Building Local Communities
          Aticle published in The Future of Universities Thoughtbook, North American Edition
          March 2020

          Opinion: Lessons of COVID-19 might define human success in the 21st century
          Op-ed published in The Vancouver Sun
          March 28, 2020

          Message from the President on COVID-19
          March 12, 2020

          Tragic crash of Ukraine Airlines flight 752
          January 9, 2020

          2019

          2018

          Opinion: Investing in homegrown talent will benefit Bristish Columbia
          Op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun
          November 22, 2018

          SFU’s Surrey Strategy: A Boon For British Columbia
          Presentation to the Surrey Board of Trade
          November 21, 2018

          Convocation Address
          June 2018

          Opinion: The new community builders: Universities, colleges and institutes are vital source of social infrastructure
          Op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun
          May 25, 2018

          Opinion: B.C. universities prepare technology leaders to drive economy
          Op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun 
          May 11, 2018

          Advanced Education in Canada: Four “I”’s on the World
          Text of a speech delivered at APAIE 2018 (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education Conference) Singapore
          March 28, 2018

          Brave New Work:
          Confronting the benefits – and costs – of the tech revolution

          Op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun
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          Opinion: Key to B.C.'s success is talent
          Research Universities of BC Presidents' op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun
          February 1, 2018

          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

          2017

          There is no magic bullet for innovation
          Op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun
          October 26, 2017

          Convocation Address
          October 2017

          Engage for success, perhaps even for survival
          Op-ed published in Times Higher Education 
          September 21, 2017

          Opinion: B.C. needs to harness the power of education
          Op-ed published in the Vancouver Sun
          August 26, 2017

          President's Statement on Hatred and Intolerance 
          August 17, 2017  

          Convocation Address
          June 2017

          Building 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

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          Presentation to the Surrey Board of Trade
          January 31, 2017

          President's Statement on U.S. Travel Ban
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          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

          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
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          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: 2017 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
          click here to view the archive of the 2012 Convocation Ceremonies

          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

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