Creating space for transformative conversations

Staff

Centre for Dialogue staff manage and deliver the core educational and public programming for the Centre for Dialogue and provide support for affiliated initiatives.

Zaria Alibhai

Project Coordinator

Zaria Alibhai has a BEnv Degree in Resource Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, and is an alumni of the Semester in Dialogue program. The enjoyment she experienced as a student learning about dialogue has lead her back to the Centre where she now works as a Project Coordinator for the Social Enterprise team.

Nicole Armos

Research Associate

Nicole supports the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue with data analysis, knowledge mobilization, and collaborative research into the practice of dialogue and public engagement. She has worked with the Centre for over 5 years, as well as with numerous other initiatives, including the SSHRC-funded Art for Social Change research project and the Vancouver Foundation.

Nicole is also a poet and dancer, currently completing an MA in Arts Education. She aims to bring an attention to narrative and symbolic meaning in all the work she does.

Sabrina Azaria

Communications Associate

Sabrina grew up in Jakarta, Indonesia and moved to Canada to pursue her undergraduate studies in 2010. She graduated with a BA in Communications with a minor in Publishing. Sabrina has over 5 years of experience in design and communications and has worked with various non-profit organizations. At the Centre, Sabrina is the operational lead on design, social media, newsletters and website.

Michelle Bested

Engagement and Social Enterprise Manager

Michelle joins the Centre for Dialogue with 10 years of experience in the international development sector, working with different federal departments and civil society organizations. Most recently she worked for the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC), as the Member Relations and Campaign Manager.

Michelle has a Masters in Development Management from the London School of Economics and a Bachelors in International Development from the University of Ottawa.

As the Engagement and Social Entreprise Manager, Michelle implements and oversees public engagement projects with Federal, Provincial and Municipal governments on a variety of topics.

Julie Bezard

DIALOGUE AND ENGAGEMENT CONVENOR (BILINGUAL)

Originally from France, Julie is bilingual and has worked in various local governments and non-profit organizations. She has experience coordinating projects relating to environmental issues, such as waste management, water conservation, air quality, green growth. Julie holds a Master's Degree in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering from Agro Toulouse in France and also studied at McGill University in Montreal.

Kelvin Chan

Budget Assistant

Kelvin holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a Minor in Communications in Dialogue. He assists in managing the financial processes for the various programs at the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and reports to the Associate Director. Kelvin sees dialogue and engagement as an opportunity to be part of a medium that helps us wonder, discover, and be inspired by an individual’s unique narrative.

Pamela Diaz

Executive Assistant

Pamela Diaz has over a decade of work experience at the executive administrative level, particularly in cross-culture settings. She has an extensive work experience with large corporate entities, smaller consulting firms, non-profit organizations as well as working on political campaigns. The path to the Centre for Dialogue began with her work at the Vancouver Art Gallery and then working with First Nations rights and title research work. Her personal story from Chile, women’s rights, and advocating for those who require a platform to be heard in a safe place is something that brings that extra factor to her life work balance at SFU.

Alice Frances

Program Coordinator, Semester in Dialogue

Alice graduated from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Anthropology and a certificate in Social Justice. Alice is an alumna of the Semester in Dialogue and brings over a decade of experience working in collaborative health, program development and administration to the role of Program Coordinator. Alice is problem solver who is passionate about change and engagement.

Elodie Jacquet

Manager, Knowledge and Practice  

Elodie has been working with the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and other clients on a variety of engagement processes for the past 11 years. She has developed and refined her convening and facilitation skills in a wide variety of dialogues, from Canada’s World, a national citizen engagement initiative on foreign policy to the National Reconciliation Gatherings and the more recent Citizens’ Dialogue on Canada’s Energy Future. She is currently furthering her education with a master’s on Global Climate and Energy Policy at SOAS, University of London.

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Grace Lee

Programs and Events Officer

Grace Lee has a BA in Communication from Simon Fraser University and experience in Digital PR and Corporate Events. She is responsible for project managing special dialogues at the Centre including the Centre’s signature programming Jack P. Blaney Award, Bruce and Lis Welch Community Dialogue and the Simons Visiting Chair.

Renee McMillen

Communication & Engagement Research Assistant

Renee is a recent grad from Simon Fraser University with a degree in Communications and a minor in Dialogue, and is an alumni of both the Semester in Dialogue program and the Civic Innovation Change Lab. Her experience working in collaborative research and engaging the communities of Vancouver has led her to a career exploring complex issues of public concern. She is excited to be a part of an array of bold initiatives and programs embodying SFU’s commitment to engage the world.

Leia Mills

Budget Assistant

Leia has an extensive background in finance and administration for multinational companies and more recently in the British higher education sector. She holds a BA (Hons) in Ancient and Medieval History and part qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant in the UK. Leia recently moved to Vancouver and is enjoying life in British Columbia, and working at the Centre for Dialogue assisting Clean Energy Canada, in managing the financial processes for the project. She is excited to make the most of the rich outdoor opportunities on the doorstep of the city. Need any recommendations on British Television or Comedy? Send any questions her way!

Aretha Munro

Admin & Events Coordinator

Aretha is a graduate of the University of Victoria in Anthropology and Environmental Studies. She comes to the Centre with deep experience in administration, project management, communications and marketing. For the last 5 years, she has served as the Administrative Coordinator for Positive Women’s Network, an educational and support organization serving the needs of women living with HIV and AIDS. At the Centre, Aretha works closely with the Associate Director on administrative activities and processes, office resources, special events, procurement, and timekeeping. 

Robin Prest

Program Director

Robin Prest is the Program Director at SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, where he strengthens the democratic process through dialogue-based engagement and builds the capacity of governments, citizens and stakeholders to co-create knowledge and identify collaborative solutions.

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Shauna Sylvester

Executive Director, SFU Centre for Dialogue & Co-Founder and Senior Advisor, SFU Public Square, Professor of Profesional Practice  

Shauna is a skilled facilitator, an award-winning social entrepreneur and a passionate public speaker on urban issues, democratic development and climate solutions.  Shauna has founded four organizations including Carbon Talks and Renewable Cities, Canada’s World and IMPACS—the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society, a media and democracy organization that operated in Canada and in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world.

Shauna is a Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, was the co-creator and first Executive Director of SFU Public Square and serves as the Executive Director of SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

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Brenda Tang

Associate Director

Brenda is a creative problem solver and a collaborative leader. She bridges the divide between innovative programming and complex policies and procedures while leading core operational teams which include finance, administration, human resources, communications and events. Brenda is the go-to resource on all queries, from telling the financial story behind a strategic program, to serving on an HR selection committee or providing the code for the lunch room, her enthusiasm and upbeat persona complements all aspects of SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

Prodpran Wangcherdchuwong

Dialogue and Public Engagement Coordinator

Prodpran grew up in Bangkok, Thailand and came to Simon Fraser University in 2013. In the context of today's global and local challenges that divide some and exclude others, Prodpran comes to the Centre with a deep interest in dialogue processes, practices and philosophies. As the Dialogue and Public Engagement Coordinator on the Centre's Projects Team, she strives to deliver her best in any context she finds herself in. She also really enjoys cooking and eating food with friends and family, as well as learning about food histories. Prodpran has a B.A. majoring in International Studies with specialization in International Development, Economics, and Environmental Issues, and a minor in Dialogue.

 

Kareen Wong

Communications Manager

Kareen is a creative communications strategist who works to tell the story of the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue. With a background in international and community development, Kareen has extensive experience collaborating with government and civil society sectors on social change initiatives. She likes the question 'why?' and enjoys exploring the connection between strategic communications and meaningful conversation. Along with brand narrative, she leads digital engagement, and oversees operational communications.


Faculty

Diane Finegood

Professor

Dr. Diane T. Finegood is an experienced research leader and strategic thinker with an excellent track record of heading national and provincial health research organizations. She served as President & CEO of the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (2012–2016) and inaugural scientific director of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes (2000–2008). Diane is currently a Professor in SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Semester in Dialogue. Read more

Janet Moore

Professor of Professional Practice

Janet is Professor of Professional Practice and Associate Professor at SFU's Semester in Dialogue. She has imagined, designed and facilitated intensive, interdisciplinary courses that focus on community engagement, resilience, lifestyle activism, food systems, group process and urban sustainability.

Janet is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of CityStudio—an energetic hub of learning and leadership where students design and implement Greenest City solutions in collaboration with the City of Vancouver and 6 post secondary institutions (Emily Carr, UBC, SFU, VCC, BCIT and Langara). 

 

Mark Winston

Professor

Mark Winston has had a distinguished career researching, teaching, writing and commenting on bees and agriculture, environmental issues, and science policy. More recently, he has utilized dialogue in classrooms, corporations, non-profit organizations, government, and community settings to develop leadership and communication skills, conduct strategic planning, inspire organizational change, and thoughtfully engage public audiences with controversial issues.

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Shauna Sylvester  

Professor of Professional Practice, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences  

Shauna is a skilled facilitator, an award-winning social entrepreneur and a passionate public speaker on urban issues, democratic development and climate solutions.  Shauna has founded four organizations including Carbon Talks and Renewable Cities, Canada’s World and IMPACS—the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society, a media and democracy organization that operated in Canada and in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world.

Shauna is a Professor of Professional Practice in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, was the co-creator and first Executive Director of SFU Public Square and serves as the Executive Director of SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.

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