President and Vice Chancellor

British Columbia (CA)
23 May 2019
End of advertisement period
22 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

President and Vice Chancellor
Simon Fraser University

Ranked as Canada’s top comprehensive university, and with a vision to be Canada’s engaged university, Simon Fraser University (SFU) is recognized globally for academic and research excellence.  SFU has three vibrant campuses located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people in British Columbia’s largest municipalities - Burnaby, Surrey and Vancouver -  and deep roots in partner communities throughout the province and around the world.  

The SFU community includes more than 155,000 alumni, 30,000 undergraduate students, 5,700 graduate students and 2,900 faculty and staff.  SFU is consistently ranked among Canada’s top 15 research universities by major national and international university ranking systems. We are the first university in British Columbia to be designated an Ashoka U Changemaker Campus, due to our leadership in community engagement and innovation and our deep-seated desire to contribute to meaningful change.

Ranked by Maclean’s Magazine as the number one comprehensive university in Canada for 10 of the last 11 years, SFU has increased its research capacity more than two-fold over the last 15 years, having surpassed $100 million in 2013 and reached $142.6 million in 2018.

Our recognition in academics and research are guided and underpinned by our strong financial foundations, which provide opportunities for growth and development.  In 2018, SFU’s annual consolidated operating budget was $750 million, our total financial and non-financial assets were valued at $1.6 billion, and our endowment capital grew by seven percent.
Built on academic and intellectual freedom, SFU values multi-ethnic diversity, global knowledge and citizenship amongst all of our students, faculty and staff.  We honour the history and contribution of Indigenous peoples, cultivate a work environment of recognition and support, and pursue ecological, social and economic sustainability through all programs and operations. 

The ideal next President and Vice Chancellor will have an exceptional record of scholarship and a demonstrated track record of success in leadership roles.  With a passion for higher education and research, the President will be committed to collegiality, collaboration and transparency.  In partnership with the SFU community you will create and deliver on a long-range vision for the University, building on a strong culture of excellence in teaching, research and community engagement. Through strong people skills, an inclusive approach, respect for diversity and a commitment to equity and reconciliation, you are a proven relationship- and community-builder with the vision and skills necessary to continue to advance SFU’s mission locally, nationally and internationally.

For more information on this exceptional leadership opportunity at one of Canada’s top universities, please contact Khaleeda Jamal, Kathryn Young, or Brent Cameron at Boyden by telephone at +1 (604) 685-0261 or by email at

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to SFU’s excellence as an engaged university.  SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications.  SFU encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply, although Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority.