Founded in 1965, Simon Fraser University has campuses in Vancouver, Surrey and Burnaby, British Columbia, and partnerships with communities around the world. More than 30,000 students are enrolled in over 100 undergraduate and 45 graduate programs. Distance education and night and weekend classes are offered for nontraditional students. Special attention is given to First Nation students, with a range of academic and community support services designed to help them excel.
A collaborative research agenda addresses a wide range of global challenges, from coastal science management and sustainable community development to natural hazard research and global asset and wealth management. More than 35 research institutes and initiatives are recognized by the university.
The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation funding has supported Simon Fraser researchers in a range of projects, including the development of a spatial planning tool for small scale hydro projects, testing First Nation shared decision-making governance structures, and organizing convenings to discuss sustainable energy production.