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Creating space for transformative conversations

Staff

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

Staff

Shauna Sylvester

Director, SFU Centre for Dialogue & Executive Director, SFU Public Square

Shauna Sylvester has been engaging the world for more than 25 years through her ground-breaking work in local, national and global communities. Her accomplishments include leading the most comprehensive citizens’ consultation in history on Canadian foreign policy, as well as accelerating Canada’s shift to a low-carbon economy through Carbon Talks, a national initiative.

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Grace Lee

Assistant to the Director

Grace Lee joins the team as the temporary Assistant to the Director. Her curiosity and passion to explore has lead her to diverse experiences in the past including Event Planning, Project Management, Public Relations, Communications, Non-Profit Management and Fundraising. Before joining the Centre for Dialogue, Grace worked as a Corporate Events Coordinator at Canadian Tire Corporation in Toronto and Projects Assistant at Maureen McKinnon Consulting. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University with major in Communications and minor in Print and Digital Publishing.

Kala Harris

Manager

As Manager, Kala is responsible for overseeing the business operations for the Centre for Dialogue and Semester in Dialogue. Kala leads a team that oversees finance, human resources administration, and communications for the Centre for Dialogue, including Fellow program streams: Civic Engage, Climate Solutions, Inter-Cultural Interpretation, and International Diplomacy and Conflict Resolution; as well as the Semester in Dialogue undergraduate program and associated project, CityStudio.

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Robin Prest

Program Manager & Civic Engage Pratice Lead

Robin Prest is a program manager at the SFU Centre for Dialogue and the practice lead for Civic Engage, a program designed to strengthen democracy through effective public engagement. His approach is impact-oriented, drawing upon backgrounds in dialogue, project management, systems thinking and the psychology of change.

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Jenna Dunsby

Dialogue and Engagement Convenor, Civic Engage

Jenna has grown to see the world through the lens of relationships: those we have with ourselves, with each other and with our planet, and the interconnection between all three. Her work focuses on understanding and strengthening these relationships through dialogue, creating space for the often difficult but transformative conversations she believes need to happen for us to move forward, together.

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Sebastian Merz

Dialogue and Engagement Analyst, 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.

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Linda Bannister

Undergraduate Secretary

Linda Bannister is the Undergraduate Secretary for the Semester in Dialogue and the Centre for Dialogue. From meeting and greeting Semester in Dialogue students, to organizing their reading material, Linda keeps all aspects of the office in good working order and brings a friendliness to all of her work and interactions.

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 centre, and reports to the Manager of the Centre for Dialogue. 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.

Gerilee McBride

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.