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									                      Statement of Past Goals and Accomplishments

                                        B. Mario Pinto
                                    Vice-President, Research
                                    Simon Fraser University

                                         September 2008

                    “A pessimist sees a calamity in every opportunity whereas
                       an optimist sees an opportunity in every calamity”

                                                         Winston Churchill
GOALS

My personal philosophy is that of an eternal optimist. We are in times of global societal,
environmental and economic change. Succeeding in the current research environment demands
vision, agility, and audacity—and most of all, coordination. Good teams combine the diverse
talents of individuals to ensure success. As philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, a “Captain of
Industry” and founder of Carnegie Mellon University, once said, “Teamwork is the ability to
work together toward a common vision. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain
uncommon results.”

Four years ago, when I began my first term as Vice-President, Research, I identified the following
goals for our team, with the overarching objective of creating a supportive environment within
which research and scholarship can flourish:

1.     To provide the leadership required to obtain funding to seed key initiatives, recruit gifted
individuals, provide infrastructure and administrative support to our researchers, and develop
collaborative and international networks that span the natural and human sciences.
2.     To increase participation in research activities, representation on granting committees, and
recognition through nomination for awards.
3.       To define a Strategic Research Plan that positions SFU as the most research-intensive
comprehensive university in Canada, capitalizes on our strengths, and builds on themes that unify
initiatives from the humanities to the sciences, and engages all of our communities.
4.     To develop bold, ambitious, multidisciplinary initiatives which break down walls between
departments and Faculties and reflect our reputation as an innovative institution.
5.      To help inform changes in federal government policy and administration and to ensure
increased provincial investment in higher education.
6.       To foster university/industry liaison activities including technology transfer, the
establishment of spin-off companies, licensing agreements, and the establishment of incubation
centres.
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ACCOMPLISHMENTS
SFU students, faculty, and staff have contributed substantially to the wellbeing of our
communities, and have increased the wealth of knowledge in their respective disciplines. It is this
commitment to excellence in research and scholarship, unfettered by tradition, which has placed
us as one of the top research-intensive universities in Canada today.

In my first term as Vice-President, Research, I believe that I have made significant progress
towards establishing a research environment at SFU that is conducive to success, by meeting the
goals that I identified at the start of my term. Some highlights of these accomplishments are noted
below.

1.     Research Funding, Recruitment, Infrastructure, and Collaborative Networks
Research Funding
While funding from government sources continues to be the key source of research income at
universities, non-government sources of income (e.g., individuals, corporate, foundation, not-for-
profits, and endowments/investments) are beginning to strongly outpace funding from
government sources1. SFU’s research funding from all sources increased in 2006-07, with the
exception of corporate funding, ranking us 21st among 69 post-secondary institutions in Canada
and 5th among the subset of comprehensive universities2. Overall, our sponsored research funding
has grown from $58 million in budget year 2004/05 to $69 million in 2005/06 to $77.6 million in
2006/07 and $75.5 million in 2007/083.




1
  Canada’s Top Research Universities Report (2007). RE$EARCH Infosource, Inc., pg. 2.
2
  Canada’s Top Research Universities Report (2007). RE$EARCH Infosource, Inc., pg. 130.
3
  Source: Financial Reporting & Training, Simon Fraser University, 2008 (see Table 1).

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For over a decade, the self-selected Group of Ten (G10) universities has worked collaboratively to
engage in joint initiatives and raise their profile as the leading research-intensive universities in
Canada. The original ten university members are Alberta, British Columbia, Laval, McGill,
McMaster, Montreal, Queen’s, Toronto, Waterloo and Western Ontario. As of April 2006, three
more universities – Calgary, Dalhousie and Ottawa – joined what is now the G13.

The G13 institutions receive about two thirds of all government research funding in Canada, and
two thirds of all the Canada Research Chairs. Their annual sponsored research income ranges
from $105 million (Dalhousie) to almost $708 million (Toronto). All but Waterloo have medical
schools, which means in most cases that the research funding awarded to clinical faculty members
appointed at the affiliated teaching hospitals is administered by the university and counted in the
funding totals. All but Calgary and Waterloo are among the oldest universities in Canada, most
established well over 100 years ago; they also have some of the largest endowments in Canada,
most over $100 million.

Exclusion from the G13 means that SFU might have little influence on major policy decisions, for
example, the formulae for allocation of indirect costs or the quotas by university for the Canada
Excellence Research Chairs.

Recruitment of Outstanding Faculty and Students

In this knowledge-based economy, I believe that it is the training of personnel that is the currency
of universities. The Ministry of Advanced Education has concluded that 85% of new job openings
will require some level of post-secondary education4. By attracting high-profile faculty members
to motivate and train the next generation of scholars, researchers, and employees—who will drive
the innovation of the future—we are helping to drive the economy.

There is vigorous competition among universities for the recruitment and retention of top faculty
and students, a situation exacerbated by Canada’s changing demographic profile. SFU risks being
relegated to second-tier status among Canadian universities, and must make every effort to achieve
its goal of being the most research-intensive comprehensive university in Canada, competing
effectively with the top-tier institutions in the country. The following are some of the successes
that should help to mitigate the risk posed by the G13 institutions:

             •   BC Leading Edge Endowment Fund (LEEF) Chairs: The increasing availability of
                 state-of-the-art infrastructure has helped to attract three new outstanding senior
                 researchers to SFU as LEEF Chairs: John Reynolds, Tom Buell BC Leadership
                 Chair in Salmon Conservation and Management; Robert Young, Merck Frosst
                 LEEF Chair in Pharmaceutical Genomics and Bioinformatics in Drug Discovery;
                 Urs Ribary, LEEF Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience in Childhood Health and
                 Development. A third candidate has been recommended for a Chair in prevention
                 of youth violence, and a search is currently underway for the remaining LEEF
                 Chairs in visual analytics.

4
    The Vancouver Sun, August 16, 2005.

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           •   Canada Research Chairs (CRCs): To date, SFU has filled 39 Canada Research
               Chairs.    See      a     full   listing   of      SFU’s    CRCs       at:
               http://www.chairs.gc.ca/web/home_e.asp
           •   Chair in Autism Research: Funding is now in place and a search is underway for this
               first national Chair, who will bring together cognate science researchers at SFU to
               create linkages for innovative research directions on autism spectrum disorder.
           •   Endowed Research Chair in Arthritis Research: The Arthritis Research Foundation has
               contributed $4M toward the establishment of this Chair.
           •   Pfizer/Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon Chair in Cardiovascular Prevention
               Research: This Chair will be located in St. Paul’s Hospital, and will focus on gaining
               an understanding of cardiovascular disease and prevention strategies.
           •   Special Opportunities: Recruitment of faculty members Bernd Stetzer (ATLAS
               project) to Physics and Paul Goldberg to Archaeology (the VPR contributes 1/3 of
               each salary).
           •   New NSERC CREATE program for graduate student training: In my position on
               NSERC Partnerships Committee, I promoted the concept of thematic graduate
               training programs involving teams of faculty. The new Collaborative Research and
               Training Experience program that supports the training of teams of outstanding
               students and postdoctoral fellows from Canada and abroad is in the midst of its first
               competition, for which SFU is submitting four applications.
Investment in Research Infrastructure

           •   Canada Foundation for Innovation: In the most recent competitions, SFU received
               $8.2M towards the Canadian Data Analysis Centre for the ATLAS project, a
               detector built to observe atomic particle collisions at CERN’s accelerator in
               Switzerland; $2.9M for SFU’s participation in the WestGrid high performance
               computing network; and $2.4M towards a new muon beam line at TRIUMF. In
               addition, SFU received $685K toward the Synergies national network for
               production, storage and access to digitized knowledge produced in Canada. SFU
               also received $314K for SFU’s participation in another national project on Digital
               Content Infrastructure for the Social Sciences.

            • Western Economic Diversification (WD): SFU has been the beneficiary of an
              unprecedented level of support from WD over the last few years, including: $360K
              for the TIME (Technology, Innovation, Management, Entrepreneurship) Centre,
              $325K for an advanced wireless antenna pattern measurement facility, $417K for a
              new Entrepreneurship Initiative at SFU Surrey, $1.9M for the new MedChem
              medicinal chemistry facility, and $700K for a state-of-the-art magnetic resonance
              facility that provides services to SFU researchers in drug and vaccine design, as well
              as the biotechnology companies in the Lower Mainland. A sixth proposal in
              Creative Arts is under development.



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           •   Provincial funding for the establishment of new research initiatives: The province has
               funded a number of important research programs at SFU over the past few years,
               including: a $500K per year for a Crime Reduction Program at the SFU Institute
               for Canadian Urban Research Studies and Department of Criminology (Ministry of
               Public Safety and the Solicitor General, with the RCMP); $2M for a Centre for
               Mental Health and Addiction (Ministry of Health); $3.5M for the Children’s
               Health Policy Centre (Ministry of Children and Family Development); 250K for
               the International Cybercrime Research Centre; and $500K for a Centre for
               Reduction of Violence Among Children and Youth.
           •   External non-government funding for the establishment of new research initiatives: SFU
               researchers have also been very successful in obtaining funding from other external
               sources, including: $1.33M for visual analytics research at SFU and UBC (Boeing
               Company); $5.5M to the Faculty of Health Sciences for the Children’s Health
               Policy Centre and a level 3 containment lab for infectious disease research
               (philanthropist Djavad Mowafaghian); $5M from IBM Canada for the development
               of a Crime Analysis Centre at SFU; $0.5M from IBM Canada for the establishment
               of a Secure Health Data Centre; and $100K donation of hardware from Sun
               Microsystems for computationally secure research in areas of crime prevention,
               computing, and health.


Collaborative Networks
In the last five years SFU has done extremely well in forming new partnerships and
interdisciplinary research teams. As Vice-President, Research, I am an advocate for cross-
disciplinary initiatives not only in the basic and applied sciences, but also in the human sciences. I
believe that research in the human sciences should inform that in science and technology, and vice
versa. Such a thematic approach, engaging several departments and Faculties, could break down
perceived boundaries and give SFU a competitive edge. While there are too many examples to
include here, the following recent examples describe some of these initiatives:
            • Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD): This consortium, of which I am
              a founding member, and of which SFU is a partner, received $8M from CFI for a
              centre initially located at UBC. This led to further investment for CDRD from
              BCKDF (8M), the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (600K),
              Western Economic Diversification (400K), CIHR (750K), the BC Ministry of
              Health (25M), and the Centres of Excellence in Commercialization and Research
              (CECR) (15M) to establish regional operations, including those at the SFU node
              within SFU’s new MedChem Facility.
           •   Networks of Centres of Excellence: SFU received $800K for a Canadian Design
               Research Network at SFU Surrey; Mathematics of Information Technology and
               Complex Systems (MITACS) was renewed up to 2012 with funding up to
               $37.8M, the largest award of any of the Networks. MITACS was also chosen to
               administer the provincial and national graduate internship programs.



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           •   Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC): The Pacific
               Institute of Mathematical Sciences (PIMS), of which SFU is a member, received
               renewed funding of 5.5M until 2013.
           •   Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC): The Centre for
               Excellence in Research on Immigration and Integration in the Metropolis (RIIM),
               comprising researchers at SFU, UBC, and UVic received an unprecedented third
               round of funding.
           •   Other grants to individual SFU researchers: SFU researchers have been very successful
               in obtaining grants for their projects from the Tri Councils and the Canada
               Council for the Arts, including these recent examples: $2.13M CIHR team grant
               (Robert Hogg); $1.58M SSHRC Major Collaborative Initiatives Program (George
               Nicholas); $9M SSHRC Initiative on the New Economy (Ellen Balka, David
               Kaufmann, Phil Winne); $2.4M CFI New Initiatives Fund (Paul Percival); $1.35M
               US each from the Human Frontiers of Science Program (Erika Plettner and Nancy
               Forde), plus $750K (John Bechoffer); 177K combined in SSHRC
               Research/Creation Grants in Fine Arts (Arne Eigenfeldt, Judy Radul, and Annie
               Ross); and $40K/year over three years from the NSERC Discovery Accelerator
               Supplement program (Derek Bingham, Bohan Mohar, Gregory Mori, Jian Pei,
               John Reynolds, Peter Ruben, Michael Thewalt, David Vocadlo, Zuo Ye).
           •   Affiliation agreements with local health agencies: Agreements are now in place with the
               BC Cancer Agency, the Fraser Health Authority, Genome BC, the Provincial
               Health Services Authority, and the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute.
           •   National collaborative agreements: SFU has entered into collaborative agreements and
               are establishing new agreements with some of the following institutions in BC: the
               Centre for Drug Research and Development, who will house a Drug Research
               Institute within SFU’s MedChem Facility; the Pacific Institute for Climate
               Solutions (PICS), of which 28 SFU researchers are members and two graduate
               students have received fellowships; the Genome Sciences Centre and the BC
               Cancer Agency for research collaboration; UBC and the Centre for Disease
               Control for a joint proposal for a BC Training Initiative in Public Health Sciences,
               a program aimed at training in life course disease development and infectious
               disease; the BC Interuniversity Research Data Centre, which now has a branch
               housed at the Burnaby campus; the Michael Smith Foundation for Health
               Research (MSFHR) for a provincial platform for data access and other network
               and team start-up grants; other universities with regard to the new competition for
               the NSERC CREATE proposals for graduate training and several CFI national and
               regional projects; and research in materials science with UBC, including the Centre
               for Research in Electronic Materials (CREM); the Laboratory for Advanced
               Spectroscopy and Imaging Research (LASIR); and the Pacific Centre for Advanced
               Materials and Microstructures (PCAMM).
           •   National and international consortia: SFU is an active participant in national consortia,
               including: NanoMed Canada; the WestGrid 2 computing centre; and the Canadian
               Data Analysis (ATLAS) project. We have also focused in recent years on


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                 strengthening our partnerships with international organizations, especially in the
                 Asia Pacific, including, in India—the International Centre for Genetic Engineering
                 and Biotechnology in the area of bioinformatics for controlling infectious diseases
                 (an SFU CTEF project), the Public Health Foundation’s Future Faculty Program
                 to staff eight new institutes over the upcoming years, Karnataka Health Promotion
                 Trust in Bangalore to implement HIV/AIDS prevention programs and AIDS care
                 and support initiatives, the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, through the
                 International Consortium on Antivirals (ICAV), of which SFU is a founding
                 member, to combat viral epidemics and pandemics; the Indian Institute of
                 Technology in Bombay on nanoscience and fuel cell technology; and the SFU
                 Village Life Improvement Project with the Indo-Canadian Friendship Society in
                 BC. SFU has also recently signed MOUs with Yonsei University in Korea, in the
                 areas of materials science and medicinal chemistry, and one of SFU’s researchers
                 (Steven Holdcroft) is one of the Canadian partners with Shanghai Jiao University
                 in China for research on fuel cells.
2.       Promotion and Recognition of Research Activities.
Since 2004, our faculty complement has grown by about 20%, to over 900 individuals5. SFU
provides a supportive environment for research through the provision of the services and
knowledge of Faculty Research Liaison Officers, Research Grants Facilitators, and Mentors. In
addition, the Office of Research Services provides important information on funding
opportunities, and hosts grant-writing workshops and information sessions for our researchers.
Assistance to new faculty members starting their research careers at SFU was made available in the
form of a President’s Research Grant through my office. Assistance is also made available to
faculty for the preparation of research grants.


Support for Research in the Social Sciences and Humanities
At the start of my term, it was evident that external funding of scholarly research through
traditional avenues was biased towards science and technology. Therefore, it was necessary to
ensure that scholarly endeavours in the social sciences and humanities not be compromised and be
supported adequately. Accordingly, when I began my term I decided to redirect internal resources
towards this cause. Support for SSHRC small grants and travel grants, support for SSHRC 4A
grants on demand, publications, and teaching release stipends, and safeguarding library resources
were a top priority6. In parallel, it was clear that we should increase our participation in programs
for major projects such as the Major Collaborative Research Institute (MCRI), and Community
University Research Alliance (CURA) program, as well as in social science research funded by the
different provincial and federal ministries. Accordingly, support for grant preparation and
administration on demand, and access to databases was provided.




5
    Source: Institutional Research and Planning, SFU
6
    See Table 2.

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External Research Performance
Our researchers have enjoyed considerable success in external research grant competitions over the
past five years, and have consistently exceeded the national success rates in SSHRC and NSERC
competitions. For example, the following table shows SFU’s success rates in the major Tri Council
grant competitions as compared to the national success rates, for the last fiscal year.


                                        Research Success Rates 2007/08

                       Agency                                    SFU Success Rate   National Average

Social Sciences and Humanities Research                                52%                33%
Council (SSHRC) Standard Grants

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research                              84%                70%
Council (NSERC) Discovery Grants

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments                                   58%                46%
Grants

NSERC Idea to Innovation (I2I) Grants                                  67%               47%*
*the I2I program does not operate on a “competition basis”


Canadian Institutes of Health Research                                 18%                25%
(CIHR) Operating Grants


The success of our researchers in obtaining funding from the three federal granting agencies means
that we will receive $6.3 million in 2008/09 from the federal Indirect Costs Program, which we
will use to reinvest in research facilities and resources. SFU has now reached a level of maturity
that affords us invitations to join major research consortia and even to lead them in some instances.

The Canadian Universities Publications 2006 study by Re$earch InfoSource Inc. named SFU the
top comprehensive university in Canada for publication effectiveness, a measure of the quality and
impact of research at each university (11 were included in the "comprehensive" category) relative
to its cost. Data analysis was performed on information compiled from approximately 6,000
leading international peer-reviewed journals covering the natural sciences, health sciences, social
sciences and humanities for the period 1999-2004. This report appears every second year, so
statistics from 2004 will appear in early 2009. Data from Re$earch InfoSource’s 2007 report
Canada’s Top Research Universities indicates that SFU has the highest research intensity (i.e., Tri
Council research funding per faculty member) of comprehensive universities (see following
figure).




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Research Intensity
(total Tri Council research income per fulltime faculty member, in thousands of dollars)




We have instituted an aggressive campaign to ensure that SFU faculty, staff, and students are
nominated for external awards. This campaign has been very effective: in 2007, SFU ranked first
among mid-sized universities in faculty awards.7 The awards that SFU faculty and staff have
received in the past five years include: three Order of Canada appointments (Parzival Copes,
Thelma Finlayson, and Roy Miki), five Royal Society of Canada Fellowships (Paul Dutton, Brian
Hayden, Earle Nelson, Grant Strate, and Robert Young), a SSHRC Gold Medal for Achievement
in Research (Richard Lipsey), an NSERC Steacie Fellowship (Neil Branda), a CUFA Academic
of the Year Award (Mark Jaccard), three CUFA Career Achievement Awards (Roland Case,
Marianne Ignace, Roy Miki), two BC Innovation Council Young Innovator Awards (Dugan
O’Neil, Jian Pei) and a BC Innovation Council Frontiers in Research Award (Mario Pinto), a
Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 (Neil Branda), the Kistler Prize for dedication to scientific research in
the face of criticism and opposition (Doreen Kimura), NSERC Synergy Award for Innovation
(Hal Weinberg, VSM MedTech Ltd.); Donner Prize for the best non-fiction book in Canada
(Mark Jaccard), the Western Canadian Music Awards’ Outstanding Classical Composition award
(Owen Underhill), five YWCA Women of Distinction Awards (Thelma Finlayson, Pat Hibbitts,
Karen Kavanagh, Hiromi Matsui, and Saida Rasul), three Killam Research Fellowships (Bernard
Crespi, Carole Gerson, and Mike Thewalt), and a Cottrell Scholar Award (Nancy Forde). Since
2004, nineteen Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSHFR) scholar awards and
nine senior scholar faculty awards have been awarded.

SFU graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have also been the recipients of many honours and
awards over the last five years, including: four Trudeau Foundation Scholarships (Sherri Brown,

7
    Maclean’s magazine, November 2007.

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Robert Huish, Amy Mundorff, and Nicholas Rivers), a Fulbright International Science and
Technology Award for PhD Study (Joel Zylberberg), a Canadian International Council
Fellowship (Margaret Kalacska), two NSERC doctoral prizes (Yonghong Bing and Patrick Nosil),
two Western Academy of Management Ascendant Scholar Awards (David Hannah and Chris
Zatzick), and two Royal Society of Canada’s Alice Wilson Award (Sarah Desmarais, Candice
Odgers). Since 2004, thirty-four MSFHR junior graduate scholarships, thirty-six senior graduate
scholarships, and eleven postdoctoral awards were received.


3.     Strategic Research Plan (SRP).
In December of 2004, I convened a Task Force, including representatives from each Faculty, to
assist with identifying our areas of strength and research capacity and to develop a draft five-year
SRP. After extensive consultation with the University community, the final draft was approved by
SCUP, Senate, and the Board of Governors in September of 2005. The SRP guides SFU in
responding effectively to the changing environment in research opportunities, and provides a
platform for international research-related initiatives.
To achieve our goal of becoming the most research-intensive comprehensive university in
Canada, and competing effectively on selected areas on the international scene, the SRP is richly
collaborative and boldly cross-disciplinary. It identified our research strengths and existing and
potential synergies between them, as priorities for strategic investment: Communication,
Computation and Technology; Culture, Society, and Human Behaviour; Economic Organization,
Public Policy, and the Global Community; Environment; and Health.


4.     Bold, Multidisciplinary Initiatives.
 In November of 2005, we established the new SFU Community Trust Endowment Fund
(CTEF) with part of the lease revenue from the UniverCity development, to support major
initiatives under the five themes outlined in the SRP with significant funding support (i.e., up to
$500,000 per year over five years). To date, three competitions has been held and five projects
have been funded, all of which bring together interdisciplinary teams from across the University as
well as external (and in some cases, international) collaborators. The expectation is that the CTEF
funding will enable these research initiatives to advance to a level that makes them competitive for
major external awards. A full listing of these CTEF projects can be found at
http://www.sfu.ca/vpresearch/CTEF/ctef.html

SFU’s Strategic Research Plan 2005-2010 and the annual Service Plan can be downloaded at
http://www.sfu.ca/vpresearch/SRP.html


5.      University/Industry Liaison Activities. SFU is one of the national leaders in the pipeline
from ideas, to innovation, to commercialization. Our University/Industry Liaison Office (UILO)
is recognized as one of the finest in the country. The UILO primary activities are to: partner or
match researchers with companies and organizations to conduct collaborative research; identify
and access university technologies with commercial potential; provide intellectual property advice


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and protection; provides prototype development funding; identifies industrial partners to
commercialize SFU technologies; and assists with the creation of new ventures.

The expertise of the UILO team has assisted in obtaining SFU’s consistently stellar record in the
NSERC Ideas to Innovation (I2I) program: SFU’s 2007/08 success rate of 67% in the NSERC
Ideas to Innovation Program is well above the 47% overall success rate for the competition. In the
latest Milken Institute in-depth examination of the world's leading universities for technology
transfer: for the period 2000-2004, SFU ranks #34 overall after the University of Toronto (#33),
and is #1 in North America both in start-up companies per million dollars of research
expenditures and start-up companies per patent issued. An analysis completed by SFU’s former
Vice-President, Research Dr. Bruce Clayman for TUPC of data from the annual Licensing Survey
conducted by the Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) indicates that in the
last three years for which results are available (2003-2005), SFU ranked #4 in Canada for the
number of invention disclosures received per million dollars of research expenditures, and #5 in
Canada for the number of US patents issued per million dollars of research expenditures.

Since 1985, SFU’s UILO has produced the following results: 546 new technology disclosures, 394
patent applications with 91 issued, 65 license agreements; 27 technologies sold/assigned (since
1991); and 74 spin-of companies, including Phero Tech Inc., Canadian V-Chip Design Inc., and
VSM MedTech Ltd. Since 1991, the UILO has brought in cumulative total gross revenues of over
$4M. UILO staff maintain membership on 18 committees and two corporate Boards of Directors,
spoke at eleven engagements, and organized or sponsored 27 conferences and special events.

TIME Centre (Technology, Innovation, Management, Entrepreneurship)
The TIME Centre is a partnership between SFU and BC’s high technology industry. It provides
spaces for technology-based companies to grow in a nurturing environment, and is a resource
centre and meeting place for off-site business people, lawyers, investors, and accountants. The
TIME Centre offers mentorship and convenient access to the people, expertise, and money that
are vital to growing successful companies.
An investment from Western Economic Diversification (WD) and the National Research
Council’s Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has led to the expansion of the
TIME Centre and the attraction of several new start-up companies. There have been 22
companies at the SFU Vancouver TIME Centre since its inception, and there is now a new TIME
Centre at SFU’s Burnaby campus. Approximately $2.6 to $3.2M in venture funding has been
collectively achieved from the new ventures that have “graduated” from the TIME Centre. As
part of the new NCE-IRAP program SFU SME (Small and Medium Sized Enterprises) Initiative,
NRC-IRAP can direct its company clients to SFU experts. The TIME Centre identify the
appropriate SFU faculty and staff for each situation, giving the clients a quick and simple method
of engaging university expertise.
In 1999, the TIME Centre launched VANTEC, the Vancouver Angel Technology Network of
the Vancouver Enterprise Forum, to provide networking and support for start-up companies in
the Lower Mainland and across BC, by linking early-stage investors and mentors to promising
technology ventures. A recent survey conducted by Rocket Builders indicated that 50% of the


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companies that present at VANTEC raise angel funds, and 20% of companies go on to secure
venture capital. The total amount raised since 1999 exceeds $200M.
6.       Informing Government Policy.
In order to adapt to the new research climate, we have worked to inform changes in government
policy, at both the provincial and national levels.
Some of these activities included:
     •   On behalf of SFU, secured one-time funding of $50K from the provincial government to
         support student-led research (via travel grants to present at conferences) in the social policy
         field, and developed a partnership between SFU and the Cross Government Research,
         Policy and Practice Branch. (June 2007).
     •   Met with Ken Armour, Director, Universities and Research, and Julie Williams, BC
         Ministry of Advanced Education, to discuss graduate student base funding, the BC
         Research and Innovation Strategy, and building technology linkages between SFU Surrey
         and Fraser Valley colleges.
     •   Through The University President’s Council, lobbied AVED for graduate student support
         in the form of base funding, and scholarship and internship programs.
     •   Met with the Premier’s Technology Council to promote graduate student support in the
         form of base funding, and scholarship and internship programs.
     •   Met with incoming SSHRC President, Chad Gaffield to promote undergraduate research
         experience for students in the social sciences and humanities.
     •   Met with NSERC President, Suzanne Fortier to promote a general Accelerator Program
         for exceptional individuals.
     •   On NSERC Partnerships Committee, promoted the concept of thematic graduate training
         programs involving teams of faculty.
     •   Presented in Ottawa on behalf of MITACS to 1) the NCE secretariat to promote
         MITACS as an administrator of an international internship program, 2) to the Ministry of
         Industry to promote MITACS as an administrator of a national internship program, 3) the
         International committee reviewing NCEs to promote MITACS. I have also made
         presentations at the provincial level to the Premier’s Technology Council and the Ministry
         of Advanced Education in support of a MITACS-administered provincial internship
         program (the Accelerate BC program). I have also participated in reviews of CDRN and
         MITACS at a national level.
     •   Participated actively in discussions to secure funding for:
            o new initiatives related to the BC Electronic Library Network (BCELN) from
              Ministry of Advanced Education (AVED)
            o a new magnetoencephalograph (MEG) for the Down Syndrome Research
              Foundation (DSRF), from Western Economic Diversification, BCKDF, BC
              Ministry of Children and Family Development, and VSM Medtech.



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Vice-President, Research
Statement of Past Goals and Accomplishments
   •   Solicited support for the Synergies Project for on-line publishing in the Social Sciences
       from CFI and SSHRC, on behalf of a consortium consisting of University of Montreal,
       University of Toronto, University of New Brunswick, University of Calgary, and SFU.
       My particular role was to bring to the direct attention of Eliot Phillipson, President CFI,
       the proposal for funding as an Exceptional Opportunity, and to have it adjudicated directly
       by the CFI Board of Directors. Seed funding to develop the proposal further was granted
       ($45K from SSHRC and 45K from CFI) (2005); the proposal was subsequently funded.
   •   Assisted in negotiations with the consortium universities of the successful CFI proposal
       submitted to the Exceptional Opportunities Fund, spearheaded by SFU, for the ATLAS
       Data Centre at CERN.
   •   Met with NSERC President, Suzanne Fortier to promote a general Accelerator Program
       for exceptional individuals
   •   On NSERC Partnerships Committee, promoted the concept of thematic graduate training
       programs involving teams of faculty (e.g., NSERC CREATE program).

   5. Other Accomplishments.

           a. Policy Revisions: During my five-year term, I revised the following SFU policies:
                   i. GP17, Off Campus Activities (2004-05)
                  ii. R20.03, Treatment of Animals in Research and Teaching (2004-05)
                 iii. R20.01, Research Involving Human Subjects (2006)
                 iv. R20.02, Biosafety (2006)

           b. Organizational Structure: In an effort to keep apace with the new research
              environment, I instituted the following changes within the units under the Vice-
              President, Research portfolio:
                   i. Restructured the Major Projects Office and the Office of Research
                      Services, having a profound effect as demonstrated by the success of our
                      researchers in grant and contract funding.
                  ii. Restructured the Animal Care Facility (ACF) and the University Animal
                      Care Committee (UACC) to clarify the authority of the Director, the role
                      of the Chair of the UACC, reporting lines and responsibilities, and to
                      streamline operations.
                 iii. Assumed co-supervision of the Director of Environmental Health and
                      Safety and added two new safety officers, one in chemical safety and one in
                      biosafety. Established Level 3 Biosafety Procedures and Protocols.




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