Michael Alexander: Director, SFU City Conversations
Michael is Director of SFU City Conversations, and an urbanist focusing on urban policy and public spaces.
Bob Anderson: Historian, and Professor of Communications at SFU
Bob Anderson is a professor of communication at SFU. Trained as an anthropologist, he also now considers himself an historian.
Laurie Anderson: Executive Director, SFU Vancouver
Laurie's leadership and facilitation focus is on creating the conditions that help people learn, connect, belong, grow and laugh together.
Natasha Aruliah: Facilitator, Coach and Consultant
Natasha, supports people/organisations to develop the necessary cultural competence, emotional intelligence and critical thinking that promote healing, justice and equity, in Canada, and internationally.
Heesoon Bai: Professor, SFU Burnaby
Philosophy’s task for today’s troubled world is, in the words of Raimon Panikkar, “to know, to love, and to heal.
Herb Barbolet: Centre for Dialogue Associate
Herb is passionate about life-long learning.
Shanthi Besso: Director, Leadership & Community Building Programs, Lifelong Learning, SFU
Adult education maverick, aspiring system entrepreneur, program evaluation geek, jazz singer, ocean kayaker, lover-of-good-food-and-wine, mama.
Cicely Blain: CEO, Cicely Blain Consulting and Instructor, Executive Leadership, SFU
Cicely Belle Blain is an equity, diversity and inclusion consultant, activist and writer; they are one of Vancouver’s fifty most influential people of 2018, as awarded by Vancouver Magazine for their work as a co-founder of Black Lives Matter - Vancouver.
Sean Blenkinsop: Professor, SFU Vancouver
Sean is a professor in the faculty of education at Simon Fraser University.
Sam Bradd: Principal, Drawing Change
Sam Bradd is a graphic facilitator, meeting facilitator, and the principal of Drawing Change.
Tania Bubela: Dean and Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Tania Bubela is Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University.
Gervase R. Bushe: Professor of Leadership & Organization Development, Beedie School of Business, SFU
A globaly recognized expert in the theory and practice of engaged workplaces and creating great organizations.
Mark Busse: Strategic consultant and community activist
Mark Busse is a creative professional with a strong belief in the power of curiosity, creativity, conversation, and compassion as catalysts for community-building and positive change.
Winnie Cheung: Executive Director, The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre – Museum of Migration
Winnie L. Cheung, a community-builder and writer, has worked as an educator in universities in both Hong Kong (birth home) and Vancouver (adopted home since 1986).
Wendy Chun: Director, Digital Democracies Group
Wendy Hui Kyong Chun is Simon Fraser University's Canada 150 Research Chair in New Media in the School of Communication.
Jeff Derksen: Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Jeff is an associate member of SFU’s Department of Geography and the Dean and Associate Provost (Pro Tem) of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
Stephen (Steve) Dooley: Executive Director, Campus Administration, SFU Surrey
Steve has a strong commitment to the development of community-campus partnerships.
Cassie Doyle: CEO, Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI)
Cassie Doyle, CEO of CIRDI, a coalition of three Canadian universities and an independent centre of expertise in natural resource-led sustainable development.
Camille Dumond: Somatic Therapist (RCC) and Co-Lead Program Design Refugee Livelihood Lab, RADIUS SFU
Camille Dumond is a somatic trauma therapist, conflict facilitator, equity trainer and consultant. She helps create the conditions for heart, courage and clarity to emerge in difficult inner and outer conflicts.
Duane Elverum: Executive Director and Co-Founder of CityStudio
Despairing optimist serving the curious in design, education & cities. Sailor, cyclist & mountain runner.
Aftab Erfan: Director, Dialogue and Conflict Engagement, UBC
Aftab is a scholar-practitioner and the Director of Dialogue and Conflict Engagement at the University of British Columbia.
Patsy George: Order of Canada and Order of British Columbia recipient
Now retired, Patsy is no longer on the frontlines of social work, but she retains a keen interest in social justice and a strong desire to see improvement in the conditions of marginalized people, particularly those from Aboriginal communities.
Julian Griggs: Principal, Dovetail Consulting Group
A seasoned facilitator, trainer and management consultant supporting individuals, groups and collaboratives to perform at their absolute best.
Susanna Haas-Lyons: Civic Engagement Specialist
Susanna Haas Lyons is an engagement strategist, facilitator and trainer, who supports better conversations between people impacted and decision-makers.
Suzanne Hawkes: Partner, Convergence Strategies
Suzanne is a facilitator, leadership trainer and management consultant committed to helping leaders and teams unleash the collective power and wisdom of diverse perspectives.
Matt Hern: Community Organizer, Independent Scholar, Writer and Activist
Matt is a community organizer, independent scholar, writer and activist based in East Vancouver, British Columbia (Coast Salish Territories)
Kirk Hill: Assistant Dean, External Relations, Beedie School of Business, SFU
Kirk is recognized for his talent in bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders and guiding them in working toward a shared vision and goal, all while meeting often challenging objectives and tight deadlines.
Cheeying Ho: Executive Director, Whistler Centre for Sustainability
Cheeying Ho is the Executive Director of the Whistler Centre for Sustainability.
Michelle Hoar: Project Director, Hey Neighbour Collective
Michelle currently directs the new Hey Neighbour Collective project at the SFU Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue, while also doing community engagement work on housing and land use projects. She co-founded The Tyee and ran its business operations from 2003 to 2016.
Charles Holmes: Principal, CE Holmes Consulting Inc.
Charles Holmes is a cultural anthropologist by education. Over the past 25 years he has pursued projects where the need for understanding and shaping culture through dialogue and inclusion have been critical.
Kim Hudson: Executive Director, Two Worlds of Knowing Project
The Two Worlds of Knowing Project explores the applications of linear and circular thinking, and the value of employing both.
Dr. Hasan Hutchinson: Former Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion at Health Canada
Dr. Hasan Hutchinson is the former Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion at Health Canada. Previously, Dr. Hutchinson was Associate Director of the Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR).
Am Johal: Director, SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement
Am has worked as an advisor to provincial Cabinet Ministers, on the Vancouver Agreement, and has been a member of the Vancouver City Planning Commission.
Ronald Johnston: Protem Director for the Office for Aboriginal People, SFU
Ron is a member of the Squamish Nation and is an SFU alumnus. He has worked at SFU since 2012 and is currently serving as Protem Director for the Office for Aboriginal People.
Karen Joseph: Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Canada, North Vancouver
Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Canada, North Vancouver" Bringing together diverse perspectives and inspiring reconciliation in Canada.
Genevieve Fuji Johnson: Professor, Department of Political Science, SFU
Genevieve is a Professor in the Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University.
Peter Ladner: Chair, Better Transit and Transportation Coalition
Peter Ladner is chair of the Better Transit and Transportation Coalition. He is also chair of the board of the David Suzuki Foundation.
Michelle LeBaron, Professor, Allard School of Law, UBC
Michelle is a conflict transformation scholar/practitioner and legal scholar at UBC. She researches, writes and speaks internationally on creative ways to engage intractable conflict.
Donald MacPherson: Executive Director, Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, SFU
A drug policy change agent that is heading up the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition the new voice of drug policy based on public health and human rights.
Dr. Judith Marcuse: Founder and Co-Director, International Centre of Art for Social Change
Dr. Judith Marcuse, a senior Canadian artist, trained in dance in Canada and abroad and performed with Canadian and foreign companies for over four decades.
Sean Markey: Associate Professor, SFU
Sean is an Associate Professor with the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University.
Gary McCarron: Associate Professor, School of Communication, SFU
Gary McCarron is an Associate Professor in the School of Communication, and Graduate Chair in the Graduate Liberal Studies Program.
Marnie McGregor: Global Engagement Consultant Working with Mayors and Municipalities
Marnie has a unique background in both urban planning and strategic communications specializing in translating technical information into clear language, and building consensus around progressive urban projects and policies.
Stuart McNish: Host, Conversations That Matter
For more than 25 years Stu has been involved in video journalism and storytelling. He won numerous awards for his work while at BCTV (now Global), he is the host of Conversations That Matter and a veteran video storyteller in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Kevin Millsip: Facilitation, Organizing, Training, Youth engagement
Kevin is the co-founder and Director of Next Up, a national leadership program for young social change leaders, cross-generational collaboration and also works as the Sustainability Coordinator for the Vancouver School Board where he focuses on Sustainable Food Systems.
Brenda Morrison: Associate Professor, Director of the Centre for Restorative Justice
Brenda is passionate about rights, responsibility and reconciliation, through enacting processes that bring justice home to our diverse communities.
Aida Mwanzia: Dialogue Facilitator
Aida Mwanzia is driven by her mission to connect and empower youth through transformative educational programs.
Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee: Decolonizing Facilitator, Creative Director and Indigenous Change Maker
Ta7talíya Michelle Lorna Nahanee (Squamish) is the creator of a life-size board game called Sínulhkay and Ladders. She is a decolonizing facilitator, creative director and Indigenous change maker.
Shaheen Nanji: Director, International Community Engagement, SFU International
Shaheen is the Director of International Community Engagement at SFU International. Her focuses include international development, diaspora, migration, and pluralism.
Alison Palmer: Executive Director, CAREX Canada, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU Vancouver
Alison's professional goal is to mobilize scientific research and to make sure it gets used to inform positive change.
Tamara Pearl: Therapist & Expressive Arts Therapist
Therapist, expressive arts therapist, adjunct faculty at Adler University, cross cultural bridgebuilder, and PhD student at SFU Faculty of Education.
Stuart Poyntz: Associate Dean, FCAT and Associate Professor, School of Communication at SFU
Stuart R. Poyntz is Associate Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, and Associate Professor, School of Communication at Simon Fraser University.
Vanessa Richards: Director, Creative Together
Vanessa Richards works as an artist and facilitator. Her practices encourage the personal and civic imagination towards positive social change and sustainability.
Bernhard Riecke: Director, iSpace Lab, SFU SIAT
After researching for a decade in the Virtual Reality Group of the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Tübingen, Germany and working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute, Vanderbilt University, and UC Santa Barbara, Bernhard joined SFU-SIAT in 2008, where he leads the iSpace Lab.
Renée Sarojini Saklikar: Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey, BC
Renée Sarojini Saklikar recently completed her term as the first Poet Laureate for the City of Surrey, British Columbia. She lives in East Vancouver.
Daniel Savas: Visiting Professor, SFU School of Public Policy
Daniel is a survey research specialist with 27+ years experience and a Visiting Professor in SFU's School of Public Policy.
Dr. Sarah Schulman: Founder, InWithForward
As a social scientist focused on finding ideas to solve complex social challenges, Sarah collaborates with people, nonprofits, cities, government agencies and philanthropies to re-design welfare systems from the ground-up.
Nola-Kate Seymoar: Chair, Vancouver City Planning Commission
Nola-Kate is Chair of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, and a member of the Pacific Fisheries Monitoring and Compliance Panel, SFU's Urban Studies Advisory Council and UBC's Advisory Board to the Faculty of Land and Food Systems.
Danny Shapiro: Professor of Global Business Strategy, Beedie School of Business, SFU
Engaged scholar of global issues, academic entrepreneur, committed to academic and social innovation.
Arjun Singh: City Councillor, City of Kamloops
Arjun has a keen interest in good community conversations, strong democratic processes, and engaged citizens.
Judy Smith: Associate Dean, Lifelong Learning, SFU Vancouver
Judy is an Associate Dean of SFU Lifelong Learning and the Director of Leadership and Community Building Programs.
Ingrid Leman Stefanovic: Former Dean, Faculty of Environment, SFU Vancouver
Ingrid is the former Dean of the Faculty of Environment and Professor within the School of Resource and Environmental Management at SFU. Her research explores how values and attitudes affect environmental decision making.
Jillian Stirk: Associate, SFU Centre for Dialogue
Committed to promoting dialogue. Expertise in international peace-building, global diversity and inclusion issues.
Coro Strandberg: President, Strandberg Consulting
Coro is an expert in corporate sustainability and social responsibility, advising organizations on strategies to embed sustainability in the marketplace.
Vince Verlaan: Principal, MODUS Planning Design & Engagement
Committed to advancing the practices of "strong engagement", co-creation, dialogue and generativity, in service of social learning and action.
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.
Kory Wilson: Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships
Kory has a deep commitment to education, both within the institutions and in the community, and she has dedicated her working life to ensuring that Aboriginal learners and other marginalized learners succeed.
Baldwin Wong: Social Planner, City of Vancouver
Since 2005, Baldwin has been the lead staff supporting the Mayor's Working Group on Immigration, which advises City Council on issues regarding immigrants and refugees.
Jackie Wong: Facilitator, Writer, and Editor
Jackie Wong directs the Race & Equity Project at hua foundation, a youth empowerment non-profit in Chinatown. She is also a facilitator, writer, and editor working in the social change community.
Baharak Yousefi: Head, Library Communications, SFU
Baharak is Head of Library Communications at Simon Fraser University, Director on the Board of the BC Libraries Cooperative, and an active member of BC's library community.