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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 has years of experience fostering effective ideas exchange, and has convened innovative and impactful dialogues and events locally and internationally. Previously, Janet worked with Action Canada, a national fellowship program for emerging Canadian leaders. Janet holds a BA in Psychology and an Executive MBA.

Get in touch: jwebber@sfu.ca

Landon Hoyt

Program Manager
SFU Public Square

Landon is an experienced community engagement leader bringing a background of business, sustainability, and urbanism to the SFU Public Square team. Previously, Landon was the Executive Director of Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Canada's first 'social innovation BIA.' He also worked with SFU’s Sustainability Office as well as the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. He holds a Master of Urban Studies from SFU, and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

Get in touch: lhoyt@sfu.ca

Kady Wong

PROGRAM COORDINATOR
SFU PUBLIC SQUARE

Kady is a graduate of SFU with a BA in Environmental Geography. She is a communicator and an educator with work experience ranging from facilitating watershed education for Metro Vancouver to project managing SFU’s flagship Zero Waste Initiative. Kady is excited to bring her knowledge in community engagement to her work at SFU Public Square.

Get in touch: sfupsvol@sfu.ca

Natalie Hawryshkewich

DESIGN COORDINATOR
SFU PUBLIC SQUARE

After receiving an undergraduate degree in graphic design, Natalie moved from Toronto to Vancouver where she completed the Master of Publishing program at SFU. Natalie has enjoyed applying her background in design and publishing to work for a variety of non-profits and is eager to do the same in support of SFU Public Square.

Get in touch: designps@sfu.ca

Kevin Cherney

RESEARCH & COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
SFU PUBLIC SQUARE

Kevin graduated from SFU with a BA in English and a minor in Communications. He has lived in Vancouver for more than ten years and considers it home. Kevin joined the SFU Public Square team in 2017 as an in-office volunteer and is passionate about community engagement.

Get in touch: kevin_publicsq@sfu.ca

Nicole Payer

Digital Marketing & Events Coordinator
SFU Public Square

Nicole is a recent SFU graduate, with a bachelors in Communication and minor in Print and Digital Publishing. Having many of her interests centre around the implementation of dialogue for social and community change, SFU Public Square was a natural fit. Nicole started at SFU Public Square as a Work Study student, and is excited to continue working with the team in a full-time role.

Get in touch: events_publicsq@sfu.ca

Isabel Cullather 

Program Intern
SFU Public Square

Isabel is in her final semester at Simon Fraser University where she is pursuing an interdisciplinary degree in statistics and political science. She hopes to bring her inquisitive nature, love of reading, and interest in community engagement to the SFU Public Square team.

Get in touch: ws1psq@sfu.ca

Winnie Chang

Program Intern
SFU Public Square

Winnie is a 3rd year undergraduate at SFU, pursuing a political science degree and an entrepreneurship certificate. She co-founded a social venture called TumblerShare to reduce coffee cup waste at her school. She enjoys creating innovative solutions to solve social and environmental issues in her community. Winnie is excited to support the marketing division and to be a part of the SFU Public Square team.

Get in touch: ws3psq@sfu.ca

Luis Fischer

Program Intern
SFU Public Square

Luis finished high school in Munich, Germany and then decided to come to Vancouver for a few months. He is excited to support SFU Public Square with his interest in people and his experience in doing research. The experience he gains at SFU will help him for his future sociology studies.

Get in touch: ws4psq@sfu.ca

Administration Team

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.

Brenda Tang, Associate Director 
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.

Sandy Wong, Budget Assistant 
SFU Centre for Dialogue

Sandy holds a B.Comm. (Hons) in Marketing and Human Resources Management and is accredited as a Project Management Professional. She provides supports to the Manager of the SFU Centre for Dialogue and is responsible for processing financial transactions, managing project budgets and preparing financial reports.

SFU Resource Team

Shauna Sylvester
Co-Founder and
Senior Advisor

Laurie Anderson
Executive Director, 
SFU Vancouver

Mark Winston
Senior Fellow, 
Centre for Dialogue

Michael Boucher
Cultural Programming

Robin Prest
Program Director,
Civic Engage

Am Johal
Community Outreach

SFU Public Square would like to acknowledge all the past and present interns, volunteers, and work-study students that have made the program  such a tremendous success. Without your help, SFU Public Square would not be what it is. Thank you.

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