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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.

Scott Young

Community Summit Project Manager
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

Kady Wong

Volunteer 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 water conservation behaviour change in the City of Surrey, project managing SFU’s flagship Zero Waste Initiative to most recently conducting watershed education programs for Metro Vancouver. Kady is excited to bring her passion for community engagement to her work at SFU Public Square.

Get in touch: sfupsvol@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

Pavan Thind

Event & Marketing Coordinator
SFU Public Square

Pavan is a SFU graduate with a BA in Communications with a minor in publishing. After graduating, she worked primarily in the non profit sector, specifically with youth engagement in local and global communities. Pavan is thrilled to be joining the SFU Public Square team as the Event and Marketing Coordinator.

Get in touch: publicsq@sfu.ca

Melanie Findlay

Design & Communications Coordinator
SFU Public Square

Melanie has a BA in Graphic Design from Edinburgh College of Art and an MA in Design Practice and Management from Glasgow Caledonian University. Before moving to Vancouver, she worked as a designer for a large public sector organization in the UK. Melanie is delighted to bring her skills and expertise in community engagement to the team at SFU Public Square.

Get in touch: commspsq@sfu.ca

Alyn Engelhardt

Program Intern
SFU Public Square

Alyn has a Bachelor of Science in Business Chemistry from the Heinrich-Heine University Duesseldorf, Germany. Before continuing her studies, she has joined the SFU Public Square team as a Program Intern until the end of May. She is looking forward to supporting the team, especially with her interest in environmental issues.

Get in touch: events_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 assisting with design and digital strategy. 

Get in touch: events_publicsq@sfu.ca

Marie Louka

Program Intern
SFU Public Square

Marie is an Interactive Arts and Technology undergraduate student at SFU, with a background in economics and business. 

Nicole Payer

Program Intern
SFU Public Square

Nicole is a Communication student at SFU, pursuing a minor in Print and Digital Publishing. Having many of her interests centre around the facilitation of dialogue for social and community change, SFU Public Square seemed like a natural fit. She is looking forward to working closely with the team on future projects.

Mobin Mehrparvar

Program Intern
SFU Public Square

Mobin is an undergraduate student in SFU, studying Psychology and International Studies with focus on intergroup relations, social and forensic psychology. He has worked with various NGOs all around the world such as Canadian Cancer Society and Iran MS Society in volunteer engagement and Human resources. As a Program Intern, he is excited to work alongside the passionate team of staff and volunteers of SFU Public Square and bring his experience and knowledge to help his community.

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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