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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

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.

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. She loves keeping the balance between staying indoors learning web-development and coding, and being outdoors, hiking, cycling and horse-riding in and around Vancouver. 

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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.

Shea O'Neil


Assistant to the Director,
SFU Centre for Dialogue

Shea holds a BA in Environmental Geography and a Certificate in Spatial Information Science from SFU. She is very passionate about sustainability issues, especially those related to waste management and transportation in Metro Vancouver. She is currently the Sustainability Ambassador for the Centre for Dialogue Office. Shea brings not only a passion for our work but an attention to relationship building and to administration.


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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