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SFU Public Square Team

Philip Steenkamp


Vice-President, SFU External Relations

Philip's long career in public service includes several posts as deputy minister in BC and Ontario. He now oversees community engagement, international education, government relations, media and public relations, and marketing at SFU.

Shauna Sylvester


Executive Director, SFU Public Square

For more than 25 years, Shauna has been engaging the world through groundbreaking social justice work at home and around the world. Director of the SFU Centre for Dialogue, she is also the founding executive director of Carbon Talks, a national initiative to accelerate Canada's shift to a low-carbon economy.

Janet Webber


Program Director, SFU Public Square

A graduate of SFU's Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue, Janet brings years of experience working at the intersections of government, non-profit, public policy and education. Janet worked with Action Canada, a national fellowship program for emerging Canadian leaders, and has convened dialogues and events in multiple fields.

Brenda Tang


Administrative Manager,
SFU Centre for Dialogue

As SFU Public Square is housed at the SFU Centre for Dialogue, Brenda manages the SFU Public Square budget in addition to providing general administrative support and guidance. Seasoned in all aspects of administrative operation, Brenda has an extensive background in departmental and project budgets, event planning and logistics, human resources, office coordination, marketing, social media and website management.

Jasmine Lew


Design & Communications Coordinator,
SFU Public Square

Jasmine is a recent graduate of the Interactive Arts & Technology, and the Criminology program at SFU, with a focus on legal studies and policing. She has worked briefly for a non-profit in the mental health field, and is excited about the opportunity to work with SFU Public Square in convening public dialogues.

Jon Garner


Research & Communications Officer,
SFU Public Square

Jon is a graduate student in the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU. His career in commercial and government organizations spans digital communications, strategy and research, wearable technology, presenting and facilitating workshops. Jon is interested in the influence of new technology on human behavior, and how it can be used for environmental and social good.

Katelyn McDougall


Engagement & Programming Coordinator, SFU Public Square

Katelyn is currently working towards her Masters in Urban Studies, with a focus on the role of public engagement and civic collaboration during transportation referendums. She has worked in student governance and leadership positions, and is also principal of a small, independent, research and engagement consulting firm. Katelyn is excited to join SFU Public Square in engaging both SFU’s internal academic community and the community at large.

Averyl Bancroft


Event & Volunteer Coordinator,
SFU Public Square

Averyl is an undergraduate student in Communications, with a minor in Business at SFU. Having worked for The United Way of the Lower Mainland, and now with SFU Public Square, they are passionate about empowering communities to come together and challenge the future ahead. Averyl is thrilled to be a part of the Public Square team, and is looking forward to engaging with all our program volunteers!

Get In Touch:

SFU Resource Team

Laurie Anderson
Executive director,
SFU Vancouver

Mark Winston Academic Director, Centre for Dialogue

Scott McLean
Media relations

Michael Boucher
Cultural programming

Am Johal
Community outreach

Robin Prest Program Analyst, Centre for Dialogue

Lyndsey Kingston
SFU Surrey liaison

Kirsten May

Jennifer Conroy

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.

Thank you


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