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Andrew Petter
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President and Vice-Chancellor of Simon Fraser University
Term 2010 – present
Predecessor Michael Stevenson
Successor Incumbent
Born 1953
Victoria, British Columbia
Alma mater Notre Dame University College
University of Victoria
Cambridge University
Profession Politician, Attorney General of British Columbia, Professor

Andrew J. Petter is currently professor at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. On January 20, 2010, it was announced that Petter will be the President of Simon Fraser University effective September 1, 2010.[1]He was formerly the dean of the University of Victoria's law school. He served briefly as Attorney General of British Columbia under the NDP government of Ujjal Dosanjh. Petter has written extensively about the role of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and its effect on government powers and decision making.[2]

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Education

Petter pursued undergraduate studies at Notre Dame University College in Nelson, BC and at the University of Victoria before receiving an LL.B. from the University of Victoria in 1981. Upon graduation he won the Law Society of British Columbia gold medal for the highest standing in his class.[3] He subsequently received an LL.M. from Cambridge University in 1982 where he studied on a Commonwealth Scholarship and graduated with first class honours.[4]

Career

Petter was a legal adviser to the Constitutional Branch of the Saskatchewan Department of Justice.[5] Petter then taught at Osgoode Hall Law School between 1984 and 1986. He then joined the University of Victoria Faculty of Law in 1986.

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Politics

Petter was twice elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in the general provincial elections of 1991 and 1996; from 1991 until 2001 Petter represented the riding of Saanich South.[6] His constituency work included establishing the Galloping Goose Regional Trail for cyclists.[7]

During his time in the Legislative Assembly he held several cabinet portfolios including that of Attorney General of British Columbia from February to November 2000.[8] He served as Minister of Advanced Education, Training and Technology and Minister of Intergovernmental Relations from February 1998 to February 2000, and was Minister Responsible for Youth for part of that time. Petter also served as Minister of Finance and Corporate Relations and Minister Responsible for Intergovernmental Relations from June 1996 to February 1998, Minister of Health from February to June 1996, Minister of Forests from September 1993 to February 1996 and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs from November 1991 to September 1993.[9] As Minister of Forests from September 1993 to February 1996, Petter oversaw the establishment of the B.C. Forest Practices Code.[10]

Higher Education

Subsequent to his career in politics, he served as dean of the University of Victoria’s faculty of law from 2001 until 2008 (the first year as Acting Dean).[11] During his time as Dean, Petter established a new graduate law program, created a national aboriginal economic development chair and established the Akitsiraq Law School program in Nunavut.[12]

Selected Publications

  • Private Rights/Public Wrongs: The Liberal Lie of the Charter in the University of Toronto Law Journal, 1995
  • The Politics of the Charter, Supreme Court Law Review, 1986
  • Rights in Conflict: The Dilemma of Charter Legitimacy, University of British Columbia Law Review, 1989
  • Federalism and the myth of the federal spending power, Canadian Bar Review, 1989

References

  1. ^ Staff Reporter for The Province Newspaper. "Former MLA Petter will become Simon Fraser University president". http://www.theprovince.com/business/Former+Petter+will+become+Simon+Fraser+University+president/2465079/story.html. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
  2. ^ http://www.sfu.ca/pamr/media_releases/media_releases_archives/media_01191003.html
  3. ^ Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. "36th Parliament Members". Biography. http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/36thparl/Petter.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  4. ^ University of Victoria Official Web Page. "UVic Law Faculty Directory". University of Victoria. http://www.law.uvic.ca/faculty_staff/faculty_directory/petter.php. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  5. ^ Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. "36th Parliament Members". Biography. http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/36thparl/Petter.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  6. ^ Mondo Politico. "Short Biography of Andrew Petter". http://www.mondopolitico.com/library/myth/mpintro.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  7. ^ University of Victoria Official Web Page. "UVic Alumni Profile". 2003 Distinguished Alumni Award Page. http://alumni.uvic.ca/awards/DA/petter.html. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  8. ^ University of Victoria Official Web Page. "UVic Law Faculty Directory". University of Victoria. http://www.law.uvic.ca/faculty_staff/faculty_directory/petter.php. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  9. ^ Legislative Assembly of British Columbia. "36th Parliament Members". Biography. http://www.leg.bc.ca/mla/36thparl/Petter.htm. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  10. ^ Reporter Gerry Bellett. "36th Parliament Members". Vancouver Sun Newspaper. http://www.vancouversun.com/health/picks+former+attorney+general+Andrew+Petter+next+president/2463623/story.html. Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  11. ^ University of Victoria Official Web Page. "UVic Law Faculty Directory". University of Victoria. http://www.law.uvic.ca/faculty_staff/faculty_directory/petter.php. Retrieved 2009-12-02. 
  12. ^ Staff Reporter for The Province Newspaper. "Former MLA Petter will become Simon Fraser University president". http://www.theprovince.com/business/Former+Petter+will+become+Simon+Fraser+University+president/2465079/story.html. Retrieved 2010-01-21. 
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Preceded by
Michael Stevenson
President of Simon Fraser University
September 1st, 2010 - Present
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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