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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.

Janet Webber

Executive Director, SFU Public Square

Janet Webber is the Executive 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.

Scott Young

Community Summit Project Lead,
SFU Public Square

Scott is a SFU graduate with an Honours BA in Political Science, where he also minored in Dialogue. Before joining SFU Public Square, he worked as a digital strategist and research consultant based in Toronto. He holds master degrees from both Oxford and Warwick universities, the latter at which he studied as a Chevening scholar. A former Semester in Dialogue student, he is excited to rejoin the SFU Centre for Dialogue team.

Get in touch: sayoung@sfu.ca

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.

Get in touch: public_square@sfu.ca

Alexa Walker

Engagement & Evaluation Coordinator,
SFU Public Square

Alexa is a graduate of SFU with an MA in Archaeology. Prior to joining the Public Square team, Alexa worked in communications for the federal government and with the SFU-based Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) Project, an international collaboration of students, scholars, policy makers, and Indigenous peoples. Alexa is excited to bring her experience in community-based research and engagement to her work with SFU Public Square.

Get in touch: alexa_publicsq@sfu.ca

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.

Get in touch: comms_publicsq@sfu.ca

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. 

Get in touch: events_publicsq@sfu.ca

Brenda Tang

Administrative Manager,
SFU Centre for Dialogue

Brenda Tang started her work with the Centre for Dialogue in 2004 with Dialogue Programs. After a brief stint working in real estate marketing, Brenda returned to the Centre working under the Academic Director managing department and project budgets, marketing and website updates, event planning and logistics as well as all aspects of administration. Brenda has been employed in numerous departments within SFU and also has a background of working in the downtown eastside, marketing for the non-profit arts and teaching English in Guangzhou, China. She holds a BA in Communications from SFU.

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

Shauna Sylvester
Co-Founder and
Senior Advisor

Laurie Anderson
Executive Director, 
SFU Vancouver

Mark Winston
Senior Fellow, 
Centre for Dialogue

Am Johal
Community Outreach

Michael Boucher
Cultural Programming

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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