SFU partners with Chartwells to lead dining experience in Burnaby

April 18, 2019, Burnaby, BC – Starting May 2019, SFU and Chartwells will bring a world-class, student-first dining experience to the Burnaby campus – one that gives back and engages with the local and international community.  

“At SFU, our focus is on student success and we work passionately to provide high quality education, exceptional student experiences and community engagement opportunities,” says Martin Pochurko, SFU’s vice president, finance and administration. “Chartwells’ new Thinking Ahead Giving Back vision was the game changer for us. Their new commitment to local procurement, social innovation and giving back to the community really resonates with us.”
SFU is an innovator in campus dining, creating Canada’s first 24/7 dining hall for its student community and leading the development of the fair trade campus movement across the country. At the heart of this new culinary program with Chartwells at SFU will be a partnership with local Vancouver celebrity chef and SFU alumnus Vikram Vij, world-renowned cookbook author and television personality.  The partnership with Vij will include display cooking and teaching with students, in addition to guiding the menu for special events.

“I am confident that Chartwell’s new direction will allow us to strengthen the SFU student experience at the Burnaby campus and build on our community and global contributions,” adds Pochurko.

 “We are extremely proud to bring our new vision to the SFU community,” says Chartwells President Ashton Sequeira. “We believe in partnering with the community to engage and inspire students.  I’m excited about the strategic partnerships that we have and the new ones we will be forming to demonstrate our new approach at SFU.” 

Chartwells Thinking Ahead Giving Back (TAGB) platform impacts its partners across the country. Through it, Chartwells has pledged over three years to deliver one million meals to tackle food insecurity, both domestically and globally, to provide 10,000 hours of community support around mental well-being and other social issues facing students, and to create 1,000 job connections through a more focused commitment to student employment. “The introduction of this initiative has really changed how we engage with students and the programs we offer on campus. We are excited to work with the SFU community to bring the TAGB pledge to life on campus,” said Ashton Sequeira. Their partnership with the WE organization has already resulted in over 800,000 meals provided to children in need world-wide. And Chartwells’ exclusive partnership with The Growcer has resulted in the first ‘100 Foot Farm’  by utilizing smart farming technology to harvest fresh produce year round, just steps away from a campus dining location.


SFU Dining Services is thrilled to announce the opening of

The Study Public House 

For more information, please visit:


We look forward to seeing you there!


Do you have any questions or comments about SFU's Dining Services? Please fill out the form here and we'll respond to you as soon as we can.

SFU Dining Services - Mackenzie video

SFU Dining Services - Dining Hall video

Contact Us

Dan Traviss
Director, Dining Services

t: 778.782.9669
c: 604.367.7743
e: [email protected]

Healthy Campus Champions

SFU Dining Services was recognized as the 2015 Healthy Campus Community Champions!  Click here for more information.