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SFU Public Square Team

Joanne Curry


Vice-President, SFU External Relations

Joanne has spent the majority of her career in the university sector, connecting the university with the community and supporting students, research, and knowledge mobilization. At SFU, she oversees a wide-range of activities and initiatives including university communications and marketing, government relations, and community engagement at all three SFU campuses.

Shauna Sylvester


Executive Director, SFU Public Square

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, two initiatives focused on accelerating the transition to a low-carbon economy, Canada’s World – a national citizen engagement initiative on foreign policy, 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 and serves as the Director of the SFU Centre for Dialogue.

Janet Webber


Program Director, SFU Public Square

Janet Webber is the Program Director of SFU Public Square, a signature initiative of SFU's President designed to spark, nurture and restore community connections and civic life. Janet has years of experience fostering effective ideas exchange, and has convened innovative and impactful dialogues and events locally and internationally. Previous, Janet worked with Action Canada, a national fellowship program for emerging Canadian leaders. Janet holds a BA in Psychology and an Executive MBA.

Julia Bronson


Program Assistant,
SFU Public Square

Julia is a graduate of SFU’s Semester in Dialogue program with a BA in Communication. She is a social innovation and climate change communicator. Having worked for GreenTech Exchange planning educational forums on cleantech, she is excited to combine her passion for both environmental and social sustainability in her work at SFU Public Square.

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Helen Bezverhaia


Program Intern,
SFU Public Square

Helen is an Interactive Arts and Technology undergraduate student at SFU, with background in Business studies. Being a long-term event and office volunteer at SFU Public Square brought her to the role of Program Intern, where she works on event planning and day-to-day operations. 

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Christy Lum


Communications Coordinator,
SFU Public Square

Christy is an Interactive Arts and Technology and Business undergraduate student at SFU, and brings her experience in digital marketing, photography, and graphic design. She is passionate about collaborative city building initiatives,  urban sustainability, and regenerative food systems.

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Kala Harris


Administrative Manager,
SFU Centre for Dialogue

Kala recently joined the Centre for Dialogue after serving as Senior Program Manager for the Human Security Research Group, a program affiliated with Simon Fraser University’s School for International Studies. She brings several years of experience managing non-profit finances and operations as well as municipal programmatic experience in the areas of water efficiency and waste diversion and claims to know way too much about toilets and garbage.

Grace Lee


Assistant to the Director,
SFU Centre for Dialogue

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. 


Kelvin Chan


Budget Assistant,
SFU Centre for Dialogue

Kelvin holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a Minor in Dialogue in Communication. He first joined SFU Public Square as a City Conversations volunteer and now works full time supporting the management of the Centre For Dialogue's financial processes. Kelvin sees dialogue and engagement as an opportunity to discover and be inspired by each others' unique narrative.

SFU Resource Team

Laurie Anderson
Executive Director,
SFU Vancouver

Mark Winston Senior Fellow, Centre for Dialogue

Michael Boucher
Cultural Programming

Am Johal
Community Outreach

Robin Prest
Program Director, Civic Engage

SFU Public Square would like to acknowledge all the past and present interns that has made the Community Summit such a tremendous success. Without your help, SFU PS would not be possible.

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