Andrew Petter was appointed president and vice-chancellor of Simon Fraser University on September 1, 2010.
He is a director on the board of Universities Canada.
Mr. Petter briefly practised law in Saskatchewan before becoming an assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in 1984. He joined the University of Victoria 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.
Mr. Petter taught in the University of Victoria law faculty for five years before running as NDP candidate in Saanich South in the 1991 provincial election. Mr. Petter spent the next decade as an MLA and held a series of key cabinet posts including Aboriginal Affairs (1991-93); Forests (1993-96); Health and minister responsible for Seniors (1996); Finance and Corporate Relations (1996-1998); Advanced Education, Training and Technology (1998-2000), Intergovernmental Relations (1996-2000) and Attorney General and minister responsible for Human Rights (2000).
From 2002-2008, Mr. Petter returned to the University of Victoria to serve as dean of the 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.
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.
Mr. Petter graduated from UVic Law in 1981 and earned a LLM (Public Law) from Cambridge University.