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Staff

Centre for Dialogue staff manage and deliver the core educational and public programming for the Centre for Dialogue and provide support for affiliated initiatives.

Julie Bezard

DIALOGUE AND ENGAGEMENT CONVENOR (BILINGUAL)

Originally from France, Julie is bilingual and has worked in various local governments and non-profit organizations. She has experience coordinating projects relating to environmental issues, such as waste management, water conservation, air quality, green growth. Julie holds a Master's Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering from Agro Toulouse in France and also studied at McGill University in Montreal.

Kelvin Chan

Budget Assistant

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.

Carly Koenig

Program Coordinator, Semester in Dialogue

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.

Grace Lee

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.

Aretha Munro

Executive Assistant

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.

Robin Prest

Program Director, Civic Engage

(acting executive director)

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.

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Shauna Sylvester

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.

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Brenda Tang

Associate Director

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.

Kareen Wong

Communications Manager

Kareen is a creative communications strategist who works to tell the story of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. With a background in international and community development, Kareen has extensive experience collaborating with government and civil society sectors on social change initiatives. She likes the question 'why?' and enjoys exploring the connection between strategic communications and meaningful conversation. Along with brand narrative, she leads digital engagement, and oversees operational communications.

Sandy Wong

Budget Assistant

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.

 


Faculty

Diane Finegood

Professor

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. Read more

Janet Moore

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

Professor

(acting director)

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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