The Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation Canada is a private foundation committed to advancing positive change through education in peace, disarmament, international law and human security.

Jennifer Allen Simons, C.M., Ph.D., LL.D., established The Simons Foundation in 1985. An award-winning nuclear disarmament expert, thought leader, educator and policy advisor, Dr. Jennifer Simons has made it her life's work to foster a greater understanding of key global barriers to peace and to work with key parties, particularly, governments, non-governmental organizations, multilateral institutions and educational institutions, on a common agenda. 

The Simons Foundation initiates and participates in major worldwide peace projects, convenes global leaders for high-level strategic and policy dialogues, sponsors important academic research through fellowships and chairs, acts as a major convenor of academic and public events and partners on policy-driven publications. Visit the Projects page to learn more.

The Simons Foundation office is housed within Simon Fraser University's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue in downtown Vancouver.  Click here for The Simons Foundation's mailing address and other contact information.

Learn more about the history of The Simons Foundation.

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The Simons Foundation Canada has been granted Special Consultative Status
by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

The Issues

Learn more about our key areas of interest:

The existence of nuclear weapons poses the single greatest threat to humanity today.
Climate change, the melting icecaps and new opportunities for access to valuable resources has reawakened interest in the Arctic.
The Simons Foundation's Space and Cyber Security programme has been closed as of December 31, 2019.  Information on previous activities and material can be found in the Resources section of this website and at the links below.
In an age where a world war involving nuclear weapons could eliminate the entire human species, disarmament education is a necessary and invaluable tool for change.