Creating space for transformative conversations
Centre for Dialogue staff manage and deliver the core educational and public programming for the Centre for Dialogue and provide support for affiliated initiatives.
Executive Director, SFU Centre for Dialogue & Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, SFU Public Square
(on administrative leave)
Shauna is a skilled facilitator, an award-winning social entrepreneur and a passionate public speaker on urban issues, democratic development and climate solutions. Shauna has founded four organizations including Carbon Talks and Renewable Cities, Canada’s World and 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.
Shauna is a Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, was the co-creator and first Executive Director of SFU Public Square and serves as the Executive Director of SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
Assistant to the Director
Aretha is a graduate of the University of Victoria in Anthropology and Environmental Sciences. She comes to the Centre with deep experience in administration, project management, communications and marketing. For the last 5 years, she has served as the Administrative Coordinator for the Positive Women’s Network, an educational and support organization serving the needs of women living with HIV and AIDS. Aretha is an accomplished photographer and videographer. She has worked with organizations such as Momentum Magazine, the Cultch, Check Your Head, Vancouver Live! Biennale and South Arm Community Centre.
Brenda is a creative problem solver and a collaborative leader. She bridges the divide between innovative programming and complex policies and procedures while leading core operational teams which include finance, administration, human resources, communications and events. Brenda is the go-to resource on all queries, from telling the financial story behind a strategic program, to serving on an HR selection committee or providing the code for the lunch room, her enthusiasm and upbeat persona complements all aspects of SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
Program Director, Civic Engage
Robin Prest is the Program Director for Civic Engage, an initiative designed to strengthen the capacity of governments and citizens to work collaboratively on policy decisions. He regularly supports elected officials and senior decision-makers to improve the clarity and impact of public engagement initiatives, and to embed engagement within organizational cultures.
Program Manager, Civic Engage
Sebastian is part of a team to build out the Centre's Civic Engage Program, an initiative designed to strengthen the capacity of governments and citizens to work collaboratively on policy decisions. His approach to dialogue-based engagement is inspired by his background in peace research, conflict resolution, and the study of democracies.
Programs and Events Officer
Grace Lee has a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University and experience in Digital PR and Corporate Events. She is responsible for project managing special dialogues at the Centre including the Centre’s signature programming Jack P. Blaney Award, Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue and the Simons Visiting Chair.
Carly Koenig has a BS in Social Sciences and a Masters in Public Health from Oregon Health & Science University. She comes to the Semester in Dialogue with a diverse background working in the non-profit sector, education and healthcare. She brings experience developing sexual and reproductive health curriculum, coordinating sustainable living skills and environmental education programs, and teaching English in South Korea. As Program Coordinator, she supports the Semester in Dialogue students and faculty with event planning, logistics and administration.
Kelvin holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a Minor in Communications in Dialogue. He assists in managing the financial processes for the various programs at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and reports to the Associate Director. Kelvin sees dialogue and engagement as an opportunity to be part of a medium that helps us wonder, discover, and be inspired by an individual’s unique narrative.
Design & Communication
Gerilee McBride has a BFA in Visual Arts in the discipline of painting from Emily Carr Institute of Art + Design, a Post Baccalaureate in Communication from SFU and a Master of Publishing from SFU. She provides web and design services and is responsible for developing a variety of print and web-based communication and marketing materials for both the SFU Centre for Dialogue and the SFU Semester in Dialogue.
Sandy holds a B.Comm. (Hons) in Marketing and Human Resources Management and is accredited as a Project Management Professional. She provides supports to the Manager of the SFU Centre for Dialogue and is responsible for processing financial transactions, managing project budgets and preparing financial reports.
Shirley Wong is a student in the Master of Publishing program at SFU and has a BA in History from King’s University College at Western University. She assists with editing Centre for Dialogue print and web materials, analyzing Google Analytics and updating the Centre’s website.
Professor of Professional Practice
Janet is Professor of Professional Practice and Associate Professor at SFU's 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).
Mark 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.
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Dr. Diane T. Finegood is an experienced research leader and strategic thinker with an excellent track record of heading national and provincial health research organizations. She served as President & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2012–2016) and inaugural scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (2000–2008). Diane is currently a Professor in SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Semester in Dialogue.