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Program Streams

Dialogue Fellows partner with the Centre for Dialogue to lead initiatives through four programming streams that address issues of fundamental significance to our communities.

Civic Engage strengthens the democratic process by helping governments and citizens work collaboratively on policy decisions. Their strategic programming and social enterprise leverage the reputation of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue as an experienced, neutral facilitator and a globally-recognized centre for knowledge and practice in dialogue.

ACT (Adaptation to Climate Change Team) brings leading experts from around the world together with industry, community, and government decision-makers to explore the risks posed by top-of-mind climate change issues and identify opportunities for sustainable adaptation.



Carbon Talks is a partnership with Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue, in collaboration with the Beedie School of Business, the School for Public Policy, and the School for International Studies. It provides a platform to discuss, define, and manage the transition to a low-carbon economy.



Clean Energy Canada builds awareness of and support for solutions that address climate disruption and foster an energy efficient, environmentally responsible, and prosperous economy. They do so in collaboration with civil society, governments, and the private sector.



Renewable Cities aims to accelerate the adoption of 100% renewable energy within cities globally and recognizes that an integrated approach to energy efficiency and urban design is required. It is a five-year program that has been co-designed with leaders in local government, the private sector, key innovators and thought leaders, and utilities. With reductions in consumption and energy system transformation, Renewable Cities can become a reality.

  • Two Ways of Knowing is led by Centre for Dialogue Fellow Kim Hudson. The objective is to design, implement and report on a novel negotiation and leadership tool that recognizes and incorporates two different ways of knowing that are common to the human experience: circular and linear thinking. This work will focus on relationships between First Nations and mineral extraction companies yet applies to a broad range of situations. The project will help participants to understand the value of both circular and linear thinking and develop strategies to move from one thinking style to the other.
  • The Shared Decision Making (SDM) in British Columbia Project was a multi-year independent research initiative housed at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. This collaborative project examined the emergence of non-treaty ‘SDM Agreements,’ negotiated between British Columbia and individual or groups of First Nations, in the form of Strategic Engagement Agreements’ or ‘Reconciliation Protocols.’
  • International Security is an initiative aimed at promoting international peace and security through creative diplomacy and conflict prevention. The project is directed by Fellow Paul Meyer, a former Canadian Ambassador for Disarmament and a veteran career diplomat. Contact Information: pmeyer@sfu.ca or 778.782.8520

  • Peace and Disarmament is an educational initiative of The Simons Foundation under the leadership of Dr. Jennifer Allen Simons, Senior Fellow at Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue. The Simons Foundation is committed to advancing positive change through education in peace, disarmament, international law and human security. It works to foster a greater understanding of key global barriers to peace and to engage with key parties, including educational institutions, non-governmental organizations and multilateral institutions on a common agenda.

Recognizing that 80% of Canada’s population lives in cities, the Centre for Dialogue works locally, nationally and internationally to support cities in meeting the needs of current and future generations. The Centre serves as a convener, consultant and partner in dialogue and engagement initiatives exploring urban issues, such as Transport 2040, Renewable Cities and CrossroadCity. Urban Sustainability is led by Centre of Dialogue Fellow Gordon Price.