Stronger Together: SFU, the pandemic and lessons for a better future

Friday, April 30, 2021
12:00 PM
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Keynote Speaker:Joy Johnson
President and Vice-Chancellor
Simon Fraser University
Schedule:Online Program 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. PT

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Joy Johnson

Joy Johnson

As British Columbia charts its post-pandemic future, Simon Fraser University is helping the province build back better.

In her first address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade as Simon Fraser University’s President, Joy Johnson will speak about how SFU is an engine for innovation, social mobility and community resilience. President Johnson will draw on SFU’s experience during the pandemic to highlight the role research universities can, and must play, in economic recovery as part of a common effort with business, labour, government and civil society to confront the challenges ahead, from the emerging talent gap to the climate crisis.


Chris Lewis (Syeta'xtn)

Chris Lewis (Syeta'xtn)
Council Member and Spokesperson
Squamish Nation (Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw)

About the speaker:

Joy Johnson is president and vice-chancellor of Simon Fraser University, and professor in its Faculty of Health Sciences.

As president, Joy is committed to enhancing student learning experiences, working towards Indigenous reconciliation, and advancing equity, diversity and inclusion across the university.

Prior to her appointment as president, Joy served as SFU’s vice-president, research and international from 2014 to 2020 where she oversaw the evolution of cutting-edge research, innovation, and international engagement across eight faculties. Under her leadership, SFU’s research income grew from $103 million in 2014 to $161 million in 2020 – the fastest growth of any Canadian university. Other major accomplishments include the launch of a groundbreaking big data initiative, hosting one of Canada’s largest supercomputers and establishing a university-wide innovation strategy.

Prior to SFU, Joy had a distinguished career in academics and research. She completed her PhD in nursing at the University of Alberta, and joined the University of British Columbia as a professor in the School of Nursing. Her commitment to research led her to the role of scientific director with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Gender and Health, where she is credited for shaping the Canadian research landscape to ensure gender is considered in health research.

Joy is an elected Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and has co-authored more than 180 peer-reviewed articles.

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