media release

SFU launches Carbon Talks

June 10, 2011

Shauna Sylvester, Carbon Talks, 778.782.7895,
Scott McLean, SFU Vancouver, 778.782.5151,

Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue will launch on June 14 Carbon Talks, a national initiative to accelerate the shift to a low-carbon economy.

The brainchild of Shauna Sylvester, the program’s executive director and a fellow with centre, Carbon Talks seeks out windows of opportunity where “carbon shifts” are possible within business, industry or government.

“Vancouver has become a focal point for green economic development, led by the city’s ‘Greenest City 2020’ initiative and the province’s leadership on carbon pricing,” says Sylvester, who earlier headed up Canada’s World, which worked to engage Canadians about what role Canada should play in the world.

“Carbon Talks is an effort to create dialogue, to help people from across sectors to think creatively, consider alternatives and develop practical solutions that are both financially viable and sustainable.”

The centre is launching the program together with the SFU School of Public Policy, the SFU Beedie School of Business and the SFU School of International Studies.

The launch will be at a reception on Tuesday, June 14, 5-7 p.m. at the SFU Segal Graduate School of Business. The launch will include introducing a Carbon Talks website. More information on the program is available on its blog site at

Carbon Talks has already facilitated more than 150 interviews with key leaders during its research and development stage, and hosted six separate invitational dialogues across three provinces.

When: Tuesday, June 14, 5-7 p.m.
Where: SFU Segal Graduate School of Business, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Who: Carbon Talks executive director Shauna Sylvester, SFU president Andrew Petter, Centre for Dialogue academic director Mark Winston
What: Launch of Carbon Talks, a national initiative to accelerate Canada’s shift to a low-carbon economy.


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