Our professional programs aim to bring evidence-based, engaged learning experiences to professionals. Check out which programs are available below. Professional programs are taught by SFU faculty and/or experienced professionals in the field. Many of these programs will be a mix of in-person lectures, online webinars and other platforms.

Who should enroll?

Our professional programs are designed for:

  • Environmental graduates wishing to upgrade their skills and knowledge in response to evolving research, marketplace and industry needs;
  • Professionals in management and leadership roles interested in gaining advanced skills through innovative and evidence-based learning experiences;
  • Public policy makers and others interested in current environmental challenges and solutions.

For more information please contact:

Dr. Joanna Ashworth

Director of Professional Programs and Partnerships

Dr. Joanna Ashworth is the Director of Professionals Programs and Partnerships in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University. She is a research associate with the Pacific Water Research Centre at SFU, a senior Dialogue Associate with the Wosk Centre for Dialogue, and a researcher with the SSHRC-funded project In her early career Joanna was a project officer with the United Nations World Food Programme and has worked in Bolivia and Colombia extensively in community economic development and women's leadership. Prior to her current role she was the Director of Dialogue Programs at SFU’s Centre for Dialogue for ten years where, among the many programs she designed, she founded the Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement. She currently teaches and mentors professionals in that program.

As an educator and researcher, Joanna’s focus is on creative innovations in democratic participation, community engaged green infrastructure, and public dialogue on climate change solutions. Joanna has directed and produced numerous documentaries and dramas over the years, including her most recent film called “Women Bending the Curve on Climate Change.” In her spare time she loves to experiment with permaculture methods on her 5-acre farm in Gibsons.

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Want to attend, but can't afford the tuition? We have a limited number of scholarships for participants from non profits, community organizations, students and underemployed that are granted at the descretion of the program director. Please contact Joanna Ashworth directly at with a brief request and rationale for consideration.