SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY THE MORRIS J. WOSK CENTRE FOR DIALOGUE WAS OFFICIALLY OPENED IN SEPTEMBER 2000 BY LT. GOVERNOR GARDE GARDOM. SINCE OPENING, THE WOSK CENTRE HAS HOSTED THOUSANDS OF LOCAL, NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL GATHERINGS.
DESIGNING THE MODERN UNIVERSITY Sustainable Business Magazine speaks to Candace Le Roy, Director of Sustainability at Simon Fraser University, about creating a university with sustainability at its very core. When Sustainable Business Magazine last caught up with Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 2014, they were trying to develop a culture of sustainability on campus through initiatives coordinated by the Sustainability Office. Since then, their ambitions have only gotten bigger. “We’re still very focused on developing and coordinating university-wide initiatives that embed sustainability into the 40 | SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS MAGAZINE
university’s core business and culture,” says Candace Le Roy, Director of Sustainability at Simon Fraser University. “Now we’re beginning to move towards transforming the whole system so it reflects the answer to the question ‘what is the role of the modern university?’” SFU takes seriously the task of being on the cutting edge of this type of thinking and one of the ways they are doing
this is by looking at what communities and their students want from a higher-education institution of the future. “What we are hearing is that universities can be anchor institutions in the transition to the new low carbon circular economy,” says Ms. Le Roy. “So we are looking at ways of conducting research, offering curriculum, and designing facilities that contribute to this transition.”