Associates

The honorific appointment of Dialogue Associate reflects strong achievement in dialogue and a sustained, active relationship with Centre for Dialogue programming.

Laurie Anderson

Dr. Laurie Anderson is the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. Laurie is also an Associate member of SFU’s Faculty of Education, and a lead facilitator for SFU’s Public Square.

Laurie has been a teacher, principal, Director of Curriculum, Associate Superintendent and Interim Superintendent of Schools in Vancouver. Laurie has also consulted in international education throughout Asia, and taught in Hong Kong, Thailand and various cities in China. Laurie has been an Adjunct Professor at UBC, a curriculum developer and instructor for VCC, Director of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, a mediation consultant, a facilitator of the VSB's Leadership Development Program and their Instructor Training Program, and the co-facilitator of Balanced Leadership, a program offered locally and at the Hollyhock learning centre on Cortes Island. Laurie obtained his BEd, MA and PhD at SFU.

Laurie’s current interests include contemplative education and archetypal leadership.

Bergen Amren

Bergen Amren is an independent consultant employing coaching, dialogue facilitation and consensus-based approaches toward resolving difficult communications, de-escalating conflict - and planning and implementing organizational change.  Earlier graduate studies in Sociology focused on the structure of conversation and the use of mediation in family disputes.  His work and research has spanned family, criminal, and administrative justice systems and he has over 25 years’ experience facilitating the resolution of public discontent and conducting administrative audits concerning the fairness of the decisions, actions, policies and practices of a wide range of public agencies.  Bergen is actively engaged as an individual member of BC Council for International Cooperation, a board member of Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice, an executive member of Community Empowerment Collective Society (providing web-based training materials for local community developers in over three dozen languages) and a Mentor for sociology students in UBC's Tri-Mentoring Program. http://amren.ca

Nicole Armos

Nicole Armos is in her fourth year at Simon Fraser University, pursuing a major in World Literature and a minor in Counseling and Human Development. For several years she has been actively involved in her community, and currently is a volunteer facilitator for Check Your Head's workshops on gender representations. She also works for Simon Fraser University as a TA, and for the City of Surrey as a program instructor and daycamp leader where she has been able to combine her interests in art, health, the environment and community-building as she designs and facilitates programs for all age groups. Her participation in the fall 2011 Semester in Dialogue program inspired her to seek out further facilitator training and practice, recently facilitating dialogues at the Girls In Real Life magazine launch and the 2012 SFU Leadership Summit.

Joanna Ashworth

Dr. Joanna Ashworth is Associate Director of Simon Fraser University's Centre for Sustainable Community Development  (CSCD) where she is also a faculty member in the Centre's academic program. She is Associate Project Director for CSCD’s "CED in Bolivia" Project, a CIDA-funded university partnership project in Bolivia. Currently Joanna is leading the revision of CSCD’s academic distance curricula, among other projects. Joanna also teaches in SFU's Dialogue and Civic Engagement certificate program and the Leadership and Development Program at the Beedie School of Business. Joanna is the former Director of Dialogue Programs at the SFU Centre for Dialogue, where she designed and led numerous innovative dialogue-based learning projects and programs from 2002 to 2010. Joanna works at the intersection of communication, community development and adult education. Her research and practice interests include innovations in sustainability leadership, dialogue and social mobilization.

Heesoon Bai

Heesoon Bai is a Professor in Philosophy of Education at Simon Fraser University, Canada. A past recipient of the Simon Fraser University Excellence in Teaching Award, the Roger Hamill's Environmental Educator’s Award, and the Canadian Society for the Studies in Education Mentorship Award, and the Editor (2005-2010) of Paiduesis, Canadian Journal of Philosophy of Education, Professor Bai researches and writes in the intersections of ethics, ecophilosophy, psychotherapy, contemplative ways, and Asian philosophies. Her co-edited and co-authored books include: Fields of Green: Restorying Culture, Environment, Education (2009); Speaking of Teaching: Inclinations, Inspirations, and Innerworkings (2012); and Contemplative Learning and Inquiry Across Disciplines (forthcoming). Her most recent publications are in Journal of Moral Education, Ethnography and Education, and International Handbook on Research in Environmental Education. Through her work and teaching, she promotes cross-cultural, worldview-based, and comparative philosophies in education. As an Asian-Canadian researcher, she is active in East-West dialogue.

Herb Barbolet

Herb Barbolet has been active in community development for more than 30 years - Working in community planning, energy conservation, citizen participation, cooperative housing, and food and agriculture. He now works in food policy research, projects and programmes: linking food to community economic development, health and safety, environment, social justice, and international development - from the very local to the global. He is one of the leading food activists in North America. Herb has a B.A. in Urbanism, a Masters in Community Development, and doctoral studies in Community Development and later in Community Planning and Political Economy. As Associate with the Centre for Sustainable Community Development at Simon Fraser University since 2003 he has co-authored food assessment studies for provincial health authorities and a guide to food assessments for the provincial health services authority.

Herb consulted on the establishment of the Vancouver Food Policy Council and Year 3 of the SFU Imagine BC Programme. He was the founder, and for 10 years, executive director of FarmFolk/CityFolk, an internationally recognized NGO. Earlier he was the executive director of the Community Planning Association of Canada (BC) for five years and developed cooperative housing for 10 years. He appears regularly on CBC radio Almanac's Food Panel, and in all media. Herb was a founding member of numerous non-profits (including the Cooperative Housing Federation of BC and the BC Association for Regenerative Agriculture).

Sean Blenkinsop

I came to dialogue from two different directions. First, through my practice as an outdoor and experiential teacher/facilitator in various alternative venues including wilderness places and second, through my philosophical and theoretical interest in the work of Martin Buber. I have long wanted to better understand and help grow our relationships with ourselves, others, and the larger world. I grew up in Northern Ontario and spent 15 years as an outdoor, environmental, and experiential educator. Believe it or not, I have only ever made a pay-cheque through my teaching. My doctoral work in philosophy of education was completed at Harvard and focused on existentialism with a deep interest in the concepts of choice, dialogue, community, and freedom. Currently I am the primary investigator for a large SSHRC funded environmental CURA grant which is involved in the creation, researching, and ongoing day to day work of a publicly funded K-8 environmental, outdoor, experiential, and place-based school in Maple Ridge (for more information see http://es.sd42.ca/). Other current research interests might be situated in the area of eco-philosophy focusing on epistemological and ontological questions related to ecological worldviews, semiotics, education for community, flourishing, and wilderness as teacher. Finally, I am an associate professor of education at SFU and have been seconded for five years, beginning in the fall of 2012, to the undergraduate semester in dialogue.

Kevin Chan

Kevin Chan is Director of Policy, Parliamentary Affairs and Research in the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, an independent Agent of Parliament protecting the privacy rights of Canadians.

Kevin has extensive experience working at the centre of both Government and politics. From 2009 – 2011 he was Director of Policy, and Senior Policy Advisor and Transition Secretary to the Leader of the Opposition. From 2004 – 2009 Kevin served under two Prime Ministers in the Privy Council Office – including as Director, Office of the Clerk of the Privy Council.

A graduate of the Ivey School of Business and Harvard Kennedy School, Kevin is a co-founder of DreamCatcher Mentoring, which recently won a Martin Aboriginal Education Initiative Award. He was a 2004 Action Canada Fellow, received the Public Service Award of Excellence in 2006, and was selected a member of the 2008 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. He received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
 
Kevin was a Visiting Policy Fellow at SFU's School of Public Policy in 2011, and Visiting Faculty at SFU’s Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue in 2012.

Nadia Chaney

Nadia Chaney has been facilitating rogue dialogue sessions since 2002. She loves the grit and grace of arts based conversation, and isn't afraid to offer opportunities for real concerns to come face-to-face with extravagant possibilities. Nadia works as an arts empowerment facilitator, poet, lyricist and social artist, specializing in human systems installations. She has worked in every school in Vancouver's lower mainland, as far away as Johannesburg South Africa, and as near as her own living room. For more information please visit pyeglobal.org.

Robert A. Daum

Robert A. Daum is Associate Professor of Rabbinic Literature & Jewish Thought, as well as founding Director of Iona Pacific Inter-religious Centre, at Vancouver School of Theology. Iona Pacific is an inter-religious research and leadership Centre that focuses on the relationship between religions and social sustainability www.ionapacific.ca. At UBC he is a Faculty Member of Green College, as well as an Advisor to the Vice-President of Students Office on inter-religious issues as they relate to student development. A Reconciliation Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada, Robert also is a Dialogue Associate / Steering Committee member at SFU's Centre for Dialogue.

Duane Elverum

As a designer, sustainability educator and Co-Director of CityStudio Vancouver, Duane’s teaching and research aims to connect university students directly to urban sustainability through studio-based, collaborative and dialogic learning. He is currently a visiting professor and associate with SFU’s Center for Dialogue, and is a past board director for the eatART Foundation and Modo the Car Coop. Recently he juried Prefab 2020, an international architectural competition, as well as B.C. Hydro’s Invent the Future competition. He holds a bachelor’s degree with honors in architecture from the University of British Columbia. As an offshore sailor, he has crossed the South Pacific Ocean twice, and the North Pacific 4 times, most recently in 2010 sailing from Hawaii to Vancouver with OceanGybe’s Plastics Research Expedition.

David Fushtey

Dave leads The Governance Project at the Centre for Dialogue. Working in law on complex land-use and technology development, he noticed that common threads of problems were decision frameworks and human factors. He developed the Principled Governance approach fifteen years ago to reconcile business, legal and human factors. His legal specialization is in comparative fiduciary duties to balance public and private interests: issues commonly arise in balancing special and personal interests with long-term best interests of complex hybrid organizations, and public interests including regulatory compliance. Dave works with legal literacy and concepts of legal authority, duties and values of integrity, respect, and effectiveness where everything matters – in corporate and civil-society organizations, and communities.

Dave is a lawyer in Canada and is recognized as a Life Fellow of the American Bar Association Foundation for his work on the International Law, NGO Committee. More recently, along with the Centre for Dialogue fellowship, he is a Senior Fellow of the Centre for Corporate Governance and Risk Management at SFU. Community service work has included chairing the Vancouver City Planning Commission and serving as a director of the Family Services of Greater Vancouver. Recent outreach included the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development program at the World Bank in 2012. A work-in-progress is ab ook The Governor – Machiavelli Had it Easy. Recent deliberative dialogues include the Ecology of Law and the Culture of Law, from the rule of law to scans of social finance tools in the Ecotrust Canada Social Innovation Field School.

Please drop him a line and/or visit our blogs: (a) Governance Innovations:  An International Social Finance Zone,  (b) Principled Governance: Beyond Trust. Look for a new blog on nGauging Games to bridge ideas in law, governance and digital gaming for the global village. Twitter: @governanceguy

Martin Gotfrit

Martin Gotfrit is the former Director of the School for the Contemporary Arts and is currently is a Professor in its Music Area. His areas of research are computational systems for music composition and performance, film music and sound, and music improvisation. As co-director of the Computational Poetics Research Group, his research and performance work has taken him around the world with a special focus on India. For more details, please visit his homepage.

Lynn Green

As President and CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education, Lynn is using her background in educational leadership and administration to advance the DLC’s mission of educating the hearts of children and youth. Lifelong learning, leadership and change, and community building have been constant themes throughout her career.

Prior to joining the Dalai Lama Center, Lynn was an Associate Superintendent with the Vancouver Board of Education, where she supported elementary and secondary schools in their ongoing growth initiatives and the development of leadership capacity. Previously, she has been a teacher and counsellor in elementary and secondary schools in York County, Victoria and Vancouver School District and served as Principal of Gladstone Secondary School in Vancouver.

Staff and professional development, appreciative organizational change, leadership development, support services for children and youth, and curriculum development have also been significant focuses in various consultant and administrative positions she has assumed. Lynn's work with students, families and educators has emphasized the significance of social and emotional learning as a foundation for academic success and building resiliency in children and youth.

Julian Griggs

Julian Griggs is one of the founding Principals of Dovetail Consulting, a Vancouver-based firm specializing in collaborative approaches to environmental planning, resource management and community development. With work experience from Canada, the US, and Southern Africa, and graduate training in both natural and social sciences, Julian brings an interdisciplinary perspective to his work as a facilitator, planner, strategist and trainer. His recent projects have included government-to-government negotiations on behalf of a BC First Nation, working with coalitions of First Nations and conservation organizations, strategic planning for various progressive non-profit organizations, brokering dialogue between senior industry and environmental representatives on energy and climate issues, and several research projects examining multi-party collaborative initiatives. Julian lives in Vancouver with his wife, Eva and three daughters and enjoys time in the clean air and wilderness of deserts and mountains.

Am Johal

Am Johal works at SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement in the SFU Woodward's Cultural Unit. He has previously worked in community economic development, civil society development and politics. He was the co-founder of UBC's Humanities 101 program and was Chair of the Impact on Communities Coalition. He has been an advisor to two provincial cabinet ministers representing Transportation and Highways and Community Development, Cooperatives and Volunteers. He is currently serving on the Vancouver City Planning Commission and the Vancity Community Foundation. He has undergraduate degrees in human kinetics (UBC) and commerce (Royal Roads University), an MA in international economic relations (Institute for Social and European Studies) and is currently a part-time doctoral student in media philosophy (European Graduate School).

Genevieve Fuji Johnson

Genevieve Fuji Johnson, Associate Professor of Political Science, studies and teaches democratic theory, feminist social and political thought, social and political theories related to sexuality and gender, ancient Greek political thought, and a range of current public policy issues.  She has published in the Canadian Journal of Political Science, Comparative Policy Analysis, Contemporary Political Theory, Governance, Policy Sciences, and Les Ateliers de l'Éthique.  She is author of Deliberative Democracy for the Future: The Case of Nuclear Waste Management in Canada (University of Toronto Press, 2008), which has been translated into Japanese (Shinsen Sha, 2011).  She is co-editor (with Randy Enomoto) of Race, Racialization and Anti-Racism in Canada and Beyond (University of Toronto Press, 2007), co-editor (with Darrin Durant) of Nuclear Waste Management in Canada: Critical Issues, Critical Perspectives (UBC Press, 2009), and co-editor (with Loralea Michaelis) of Political Responsibility Refocused: Essays on Justice Inspired by Iris Marion Young (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press).  She has held several Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants.  She is currently working on a SSHRC funded project on case studies of deliberative democratic procedures in areas of Canadian public policy.

Dr. Johnson, in addition to being a member of the Steering Committee, is a Dialogue Associate of the Centre for Dialogue.  She is also an Associate Faculty Member of the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.  During the Spring of 2013, she will be a Visiting Scholar at the Centre for Deliberative Democracy and Global Governance, Australian National University.

Peter Ladner

Peter Ladner is a Fellow of the SFU Centre for Dialogue. His book The Urban Food Revolution: Changing the Way We Feed Cities, was published by New Society Publishers in fall, 2011, following a two-year Fellowship at the SFU Centre for Dialogue on Planning Cities as if Food Matters. He is a former Vancouver City Councillor, Metro Vancouver director, and publisher of Business in Vancouver newspaper, where he writes a weekly column. Twitter @pladner

Gail Lotenberg

Gail Lotenberg is a choreographer who uses dialogue to inspire the making of dance, and dance to enhance dialogue. Her work as Artistic Director of LINK Dance Foundation began in the Yukon in 2001 and after relocating its base of operations to Vancouver in 2007, she has become widely recognized for collaborations involving scientists, legal scholars, restorative justice advocates, and the public to inform choreographic process. Her innovation is to take ideas generated by people outside the world of dance and to expand and translate these ideas into the universal language of the body. Lotenberg has worked in association with Simon Fraser University since 2008 and upcoming has been invited to teach a Creative Expression course at Stamford University, as a result of her achievements in integrating dance practice with academic thinking. Lotenberg’s projects have toured throughout Canada, to the US, and Europe since 1998.

Paul Meyer

Paul Meyer is a former Canadian diplomat who retired from the Foreign Service in September 2010 after a 35 year career. He joined the then Department of External Affairs in 1975 and served abroad in Oslo (1976-1978), Moscow (1982-1984) and Brussels (1988-1992) where he was Political Counsellor in Canada's delegation to NATO. From 1992-1997, he served at the Embassy in Washington D.C. as Minister-Counsellor (Political) and from 2001-2003 as Minister and Deputy Head of Mission at the Embassy in Tokyo. In Ottawa, Paul held a variety of positions at the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, primarily in the field of international security policy. He was Director-General of the International Security Bureau (1998-2001) and Director-General of the Security and Intelligence Bureau (2007-2010). From 2003 to 2007, he served as Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations and the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva. His responsibilities at this centre for multilateral action on global issues spanned a variety of fields including human rights, humanitarian affairs, global health, and arms control and disarmament.

In February 2011 he was appointed Fellow in International Security at the Centre for Dialogue and concurrently Adjunct Professor, School for International Studies at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver. He is also a Senior Fellow at The Simons Foundation. His research interests include nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, outer space security, conflict prevention and cyber security.

Judith Marcuse

Judith Marcuse’s career spans over 40 years of professional work as a dancer, choreographer, director, producer, teacher, writer, consultant and lecturer in Canada and abroad. She has created over 100 original works for live performance by dance, theatre and opera companies as well as for film and television and has produced seven large-scale, international arts festivals. Her repertory contemporary dance company toured extensively in Canada and abroad for 15 years, while also producing community residencies and youth programs.

Among her many projects, the issue-based ICE, FIRE and EARTH projects, each five years long, involved thousands of youth in workshops, national touring, television production and extensive community collaborations across Canada. The ICE Project explored issues that can lead to teen suicide; the FIRE Project looked at how violence is experienced by young people; and the EARTH Project examined issues of environmental and social justice.

An advocate for the integration of arts-based dialogue into diverse social change contexts, Marcuse works in arts, university and community settings in Canada and abroad, most recently in Northern Ireland, Finland and South Africa. Founder and Co-Director of the International Centre of Art for Social Change (www.icasc.ca), she is a Senior Fellow of Ashoka International. Among her many honours, she has received the Lee and Chalmers Canadian choreographic awards and an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University.

Janet Moore

Janet Moore is an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue where she teaches in the SFU Semester in Dialogue. She has imagined, designed and facilitated intensive, interdisciplinary courses that focus on community engagement, resilience, lifestyle activism, food systems, group process and urban sustainability.

Janet is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityStudio - an energetic hub of learning and leadership where students design and implement Greenest City solutions in collaboration with the City of Vancouver and 6 post secondary institutions (Emily Carr, UBC, SFU, VCC, BCIT and Langara). http://www.citystudiovancouver.com

She has been involved with a number of innovative sustainability education projects in Vancouver, including university engagement on sustainability curriculum at UBC where she completed her doctoral dissertation “Recreating the University from within: Sustainability and Transformation in Higher Education” with the Department of Curriculum Studies, Faculty of Education. Her post-doctoral work focused on The Learning City Project at Great Northern Way Campus–an inter-institutional project working towards integrating real world issues into the university classroom.

Janet spent 4 years as the Provincial Leader of the BC Working Group and Network on Sustainability Education, a group that is now the UN Regional Centre for Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development – British Columbia.

She is a research associate with the SFU Centre for Sustainable Community Development and her interests include transdisciplinary higher education, transformative learning, community based learning, participatory action research, sustainability education and organizational change in higher education. Janet is passionate about teaching and learning, facilitating dialogue and participatory processes. She keeps busy riding bikes and planting veggies with her 2 kids.

Brenda Morrison

Brenda Morrison is the Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice and an Associate Professor in the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University.   She is a social psychologist with field experience in outdoor education, government administration and restorative justice. Her teaching and research interests include transformative and restorative justice, responsive regulation, school violence and safety, conflict and cooperation, shame-management and social identity, the self and self-interest. 

She has presented papers at UNESCO, in Paris, and the House of Lords, in London. Nationally, she is a research partner with PREVNet (Promoting Relationships Eliminating Violence Network). In British Columbia, she is a member of the working group for Social Responsibility and Collaborative Learning in Education, and on the advisory board for the Victims of Homicide Support Initiative. She is an active board member for the North Shore Restorative Justice Society and an associate board member of Vancouver Association for Restorative Justice.

Avril Orloff

Avril Orloff is a graphic facilitator who literally 'draws out' people's thinking by creating visual maps of group conversations using a combination of words and images. She has graphically facilitated and recorded meetings, dialogues, workshops and conferences in all sectors, on a wide variety of topics including health care, education, change management, community planning, and leadership development. Avril gets great satisfaction from the way her visuals contribute to effective dialogue by helping to surface issues, clarify ideas, build shared meaning, and make people feel heard. Avril's previous work includes three years as Convenor of the Philia Dialogue on Caring Citizenship - a cross-sector initiative to nurture caring and inclusive communities - and 16 years as a graphic designer and art director. Her academic background includes degrees in fine arts, design, philosophy and communication, and she has done training in facilitation and Compassionate Listening.

Michelle Patterson

Michelle Patterson is a Scientist and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. She obtained a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia (2002). Since 2005, she has worked with non-profit organizations and multiple levels of government to examine the impacts of housing, poverty, and mental illness on various facets of health and social inclusion. For the past four years, Michelle has been a co-Investigator on the At Home/Chez Soi project, a randomized controlled trial taking place in 5 cities across Canada to examine various models of housing and support services for people who are homeless and have mental illness. Before joining SFU, Michelle worked for three years as a lecturer in the Department of Psychology at Yale University and as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Yale Child Study Centre where she was involved in a project that examined a home-based intervention for poor and high-risk mothers with young children. Michelle also has a part-time Clinical Psychology practice in Vancouver. In her spare time, she enjoys climbing mountains, skiing, riding her bike, and working in the garden.

Tony Penikett

Tony Penikett is the author of "Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making in British Columbia," published by Douglas & McIntyre in 2006. Currently a Vancouver- based mediator, Penikett was deputy minister of negotiations for the British Columbia government and, later, deputy labour minister. He was also senior advisor on self-government policy to Saskatchewan Premier Roy Romanow and has acted as SFU's Centre for Dialogue's Senior Fellow on First Nations' Treaty Issues. A former Yukon premier, Penikett has been involved in aboriginal rights negotiations for over twenty years.

Jennifer Allen Simons

Jennifer Allen Simons, award-winning educator in peace, disarmament, international law and human security, is Founder and President of The Simons Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Dialogue Associate at the SFU Centre for Dialogue, and an Adjunct Professor at the SFU School for International Studies. She is a former Director and Adjunct Professor at the Simons Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Research, Liu Institute for Global Issues, University of British Columbia, which she established jointly with UBC. Dr. Simons is also a Founding Partner of Global Zero, an international initiative of 300 world leaders dedicated to achieving the phased, verified elimination of nuclear weapons by 2030, and a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for Nuclear Non-proliferation and Disarmament at the Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University.

Dr. Simons was appointed to the Order of Canada for her contributions to the promotion of peace and disarmament and has an Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Northern British Columbia. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 for her service to the global effort to eradicate landmines and in 2012 received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She is also Executive Producer of a 4-hour documentary series on Human Security Issues, in partnership with Knowledge Network/Open Learning Agency, British Columbia, Canada.

Dr. Simons was a member of the Canadian Government Delegation to the UN 2000 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference and the 2002 Non-Proliferation Treaty Conference, and is a member of the Steering Committee of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs/Non-Governmental Organizations Consultations on Nuclear Issues.

SFU honoured Dr. Simons with the Jennifer Allen Simons Chair in Liberal Studies as well as the 1996 Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award. She served for six years as Order in Council appointee to the Board of Governors of Simon Fraser University and for three years as Order in Council appointee to the Board of Governors of the University of Northern British Columbia. Among her many Awards are an Award for Contribution to Education by Wilp Wilxo'oskwhl Nisga'a House of Wisdom; Charles University, Prague, 650th Anniversary Jubilee Medal Award of Highest Merit for Contribution to Development of Civil Society, Canadian Peace Award for Peace Philanthropy; and the 2006 Vancouver Citizens' Peace Award.

Official website: www.thesimonsfoundation.ca

Alisdair Smith

The Rev. Alisdair Smith, MA, is an internationally recognized facilitator and speaker. His mission is to serve people in the vital work of changing their minds. His work has taken him from Haida Gwai’i to St. John’s and from Ghana to the Solomon Islands. He serves as National Facilitator for Credit Union Central of Canada, is the Deacon & Business Chaplain for Christ Church Anglican Cathedral in Vancouver, and on the core council of the Greater Vancouver Compassion Network. His work and research focusing on leadership development, governance, change and compassion in action. He is a master story teller who provokes and challenges clients with humour, wisdom and respect.

Judy Smith

Judy Smith is the Program Director of the SFU Community Education Program, a program that leverages university and community knowledge, expertise and resources to enhance community capacities and support positive social change. A Masters in Arts degree (UBC) studying historical ideas about race, gender, sexuality and class provides the theoretical ground for Judy’s 20 years of activism and community-based program development work in the social profit sector. As part of a dynamic team at SFU, she now oversees and participates in the design and implementation of inclusive, community engaged educational projects and programs that address critical community needs, such as the Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement, the Aboriginal Bridge Programs and a Certificate in Community Capacity Building where participants help to realize community goals and visions in inner city and First Nations communities.

Shauna Sylvester

Shauna Sylvester is a Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue and is the Executive Director of SFU’s Carbon Talks, a national initiative focused on increasing Canada’s global competitiveness by shifting to a low carbon economy. Shauna is also the Executive Director of the SFU Public Square – a signature project of SFU’s commitment to engagement which convenes serious and productive dialogues on issues of public concern to Canadians.  

Shauna is a skilled facilitator, social entrepreneur and commentator on international issues.  She has led several dialogues on density, business development, transportation and energy and she served as the lead facilitator for the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing in Vancouver.
Prior to leading SFU Public Square and Carbon Talks, Shauna served as the Founding Executive Director of Canada’s World – a national citizen engagement initiative on foreign policy.

Shauna has written and edited several publications related to foreign policy, social and environmental issues and has provided policy advice to governments and foundations on subjects as varied as climate change, human security, media and democratic development.  From 1997 to 2006, Shauna co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of IMPACS – the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society, a media and democracy organization that operated in Canada and in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world.

In addition to her international work, Shauna is involved in her community.  She is a current board member of Mountain Equipment Cooperative and has served on the boards of Vancity Credit Union, Vancity Capital, the Voluntary Sector Initiative, the BC Assessment Authority and numerous non-profit organizations.

In 2010, Shauna was recognized by The Simons Foundation as a Peace Leader. In 2003, she was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in the Globe and Mail after receiving a similar award from Business in Vancouver Magazine in 2000.

Mark L. Winston

Mark L. Winston has had a distinguished career researching, teaching, writing and commenting on bees and agriculture, environmental issues, and science policy. More recently, he has utilized dialogue in classrooms, corporations, non-profit organizations, government, and community settings to develop leadership and communication skills, conduct strategic planning, inspire organizational change, and thoughtfully engage public audiences with controversial issues. Winston's work has appeared in numerous books, commentary columns for the Vancouver Sun, The New York Times, The Sciences, Orion magazine, and frequently on CBC radio and television and National Public Radio. His research, communication, and dialogue achievements have been recognized by many awards, including the Manning Award for Innovation, Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy, British Columbia Gold Medal in Science and Engineering, Academic of the Year, Eve Savory Award for Science Communication, Michael Smith Award for Science Promotion, a prestigious Killam Fellowship from the Canada Council, and election as a Fellow in the Royal Society of Canada. He currently is Academic Director of Simon Fraser University's Centre for Dialogue, and a Professor of Biological Sciences.

Vince Verlaan

Vince Verlaan is the Engagement and Facilitation Practice Leader for the Sustainable Communities Group at Golder Associates. Vince leads a team of community planners and designers in providing both broad and deep forms of meaningful public and stakeholder participation in civic and institutional policymaking. He has developed and teaches the skills and tools for "strong engagement", a robust form of public participation that weaves together technical information, policy innovations and the thoughts and ideas of various people. He studies and speaks on the use of dialogue tools and processes to bring a wide range of voices together to create the "best possible plan", project or policy. Supporting effective collaboration, citizen involvement in governance, consensus-based decision making, action-learning, and positive change are his passions. Healthy communities, participatory governance, social inclusion, social capital, smart growth, and “genuine sustainability” are focus areas.