- Doug Coupland
- Carole Taylor
Chancellor, Simon Fraser University
- Bob Rennie
Owner and Founder, Rennie Marketing Systems
- Chris Gailus
Summit MC and Anchor, Global BC News Hour
- Courtney Pratt
Chairman, Toronto Region Research Alliance
- Gordon Innes
CEO, London & Partners
- Stephan Dolezalek
Managing Director, VantagePoint Capital Partners
- Gregor Robertson
Mayor of Vancouver
- Milo Medin
VP Access Services, Google
- Herbert Constantine Bautista
Mayor of Quezon City
- Gerry Mooney
General Manager, Global Smarter Cities, IBM
- Naheed Nenshi
Mayor of Calgary
- Cam Kernahan
Group Vice President, WiFi, Shaw Communications
- Sly James
Mayor of Kansas City
- Jonathan Weinzapfel
Mayor of Evansville, Indiana
- Lise Thorsen
City of Copenhagen
- Dr. Stephen Toope
- Dr. Jaana Remes
McKinsey Global Institute
- Dr. Wal van Lierop
President and CEO, Chrysalix
- Phillip Abrary
President and CEO, Ostara
- Nicholas Parker
Chairman, Cleantech Group
- Barb Stegemann
Author and CEO, The 7 Virtues Beauty Inc.
- Andrew Bibby
Chief Executive, Grosvenor Americas
- Scott Atkinson
Senior Director Infrastructure Systems, Shaw Communications
- David Helliwell
CEO and Co-Founder, Pulse Energy
- Lee Malleau
CEO, Vancouver Economic Commission
- Gordon Feller
Director, Urban Innovations, Cisco
- Ingrid Goetzl
City of Vienna
- Wiliam F. Wescott
VP Innovation - Americas, Veolia Environnement
- Jonathan Rhone
Chair, BC Cleantech CEO Alliance
- Pascal Terrien
Director, Sustainable Cities R&D Program, EDF
- Sandra Phillips
Manager of Business Development, Canada, Car2Go
- Dianne Watts
Mayor of Surrey
- Gary Murphy
Chief Project Officer, Smart Metering, BC Hydro
- Andrew Petter
President, Simon Fraser University
- Hsing Cheng
Centre for Livable Cities, Singapore Government
- Kris Lichter
Director of Marketing, Smarter Cities, IBM
Andrew Petter brings to the presidency of SFU a life-long commitment to education and extensive experience as a university teacher, constitutional scholar and academic administrator.
Petter recently completed a term as longest serving dean of the University of Victoria’s highly regarded Faculty of Law where he oversaw establishment of an innovative new graduate law program, pioneered significant Aboriginal initiatives, and secured funding for major facilities upgrades. Petter was born (1953) and raised in Victoria (Oak Bay). His family moved to Nelson, where he graduated from L.V. Rogers secondary school as class valedictorian.
He briefly practised law in Saskatchewan before becoming an assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in 1984. He joined the UVic Faculty of Law in 1986. He has taught and written extensively in the areas of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, and is currently a member of the B.C. and Saskatchewan law societies.
Petter taught in the UVic law faculty for five years before heeding Premier Mike Harcourt’s call to run as NDP candidate in Saanich South in the 1991 provincial election. Petter spent the next decade as an MLA and held a series of key cabinet posts:
During his political career Petter played an instrumental role in the Nisga’a treaty negotiations and led the province’s efforts to work with First Nations and the federal government to create the B.C. Treaty Commission.
He also oversaw the establishment of B.C.’s Forest Practices Code and the creation of the B.C. Knowledge Development Fund to support investments in research infrastructure.
As minister responsible for the Provincial Capital Commission, Petter brought about the restoration of St. Ann’s Academy and spearheaded the development of the Galloping Goose and Lochside trail systems, a popular walking, running and cycling network stretching from Sooke to Victoria (on old railroad rights-of-way) and to Sidney. For that, and the parks and greenways he helped to create, Petter earned the tag of “Minister of Rails and Trails.”
Petter chose not to run in 2001 and instead returned to UVic to resume his teaching career. He soon filled the vacancy of acting dean of the university’s faculty of law and went on to serve as dean—the first graduate of the school to serve in that position—from 2002-2008.
While dean, the faculty created a new interdisciplinary graduate program and collaborated with Northern partners to deliver the Akitsiraq Law School for Inuit students in Nunavut.
As well, Petter founded a new National Aboriginal Economic Development Chair, and during his tenure the number of Aboriginal students in the faculty rose to more than eight per cent of the student body. He also secured funding for major facilities upgrades, including a $5-million law library renovation.
Petter, who returned to teaching after stepping down as dean, was given an honorary citizen award by the City of Victoria in 2002 and received UVic’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.
He has written extensively in the areas of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, including works on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canadian federalism. In 2008, he was awarded a residency as visiting scholar at the Rockefeller Foundation Center in Bellagio, Italy.
Besides running 30 km a week, Petter spends his leisure time cycling, reading, and attending theatre, opera and movies with his life partner Maureen Maloney. He is a fan of political biography, and has a passion for Marx Brothers and Frank Capra films. His son Dylan is currently pursuing graduate studies in England.