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Associates

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

Senior Associates

Joanna Ashworth is a former Director of Dialogue Programs at the Centre for Dialogue, leading numerous projects and programs from 2002 to 2010. Today she is Associate Director at the Centre for Sustainable Community Development, where she is also a faculty member in the Centre’s academic program. She was a program founder and teaches in SFU’s Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement.

Ann Cowan was a founding member of the Centre for Dialogue. Serving as the Director of Program Development, she helped Mark Winston develop the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue and other key initiatives. During her 23-year career at SFU, she also served as Executive Director of the Vancouver campus and founded SFU’s Writing and Publishing Program and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing.

Tony Penikett spent 25 years in public life, including: two years at the House of Commons as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Between 1997 and 2001, Penikett served as B.C.’s Deputy Minister of Negotiations and, later, Labour. In 2006, Douglas & McIntyre published his book, Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making. In 2017, UBC Press will release Hunting the Northern Character,Penikett’s book on Arctic identities in the 21st century.

A mediator, lawyer, facilitator and negotiator, Glenn Sigurdson is internationally known for his work related to complex multi-party challenges involving environmental, resource and land use issues. From 2001 to 2005 he led the Dialogue Forum, a research initiative exploring protocols and effective tools for successful dialogue.

Associates