The Simons Foundation

The Simons Foundation 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, including 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 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 three major issues that threaten the security of space are weaponization, space debris and the overcrowding of orbits.
Genocide is, at its core, the crime of seeking to destroy a national, racial, religious or ethnic group as such, in whole or in part.
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.