The honorific appointment of Dialogue Associate reflects strong achievement in dialogue and a sustained, active relationship with the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue programming. Senior Associates are individuals who played a significant role in the development of the Centre.

Senior Associates

Joanna Ashworth

Joanna is a former Director of Dialogue Programs at the Centre for Dialogue, leading numerous projects and programs from 2002 to 2010. Today she is Associate Director at the Centre for Sustainable Community Development, where she is also a faculty member in the Centre’s academic program. She was a program founder and teaches in SFU’s Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement.

Ann Cowan

Ann was a founding member of the Centre for Dialogue. Serving as the Director of Program Development, she helped Mark Winston develop the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue and other key initiatives. During her 23-year career at SFU, she also served as Executive Director of the Vancouver campus and founded SFU’s Writing and Publishing Program and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing.

Tony Penikett

Tony spent 25 years in public life, including: two years at the House of Commons as Chief of Staff to federal New Democratic Party Leader Ed Broadbent; five terms in the Yukon Legislative Assembly; and two terms as Premier of Canada’s Yukon Territory. Between 1997 and 2001, Penikett served as B.C.’s Deputy Minister of Negotiations and, later, Labour. In 2006, Douglas & McIntyre published his book, Reconciliation: First Nations Treaty Making. In 2017, UBC Press will release Hunting the Northern Character,Penikett’s book on Arctic identities in the 21st century.

Glenn Sigurdson

A mediator, lawyer, facilitator and negotiator, Glenn Sigurdson is internationally known for his work related to complex multi-party challenges involving environmental, resource and land use issues. From 2001 to 2005 he led the Dialogue Forum, a research initiative exploring protocols and effective tools for successful dialogue.


  • Director, SFU City Conversations

  • Historian, and Professor of Communications at SFU

  • Executive Director, SFU Vancouver

  • Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health Sciences SFU & Co-Founder Bridge for Health Co-op

  • Facilitator, Coach and Consultant

  • Director, ikb Coaching & Consulting

  • Director, Leadership & Community Building Programs, Lifelong Learning, SFU

  • CEO, Cicely Blain Consulting and Instructor, Executive Leadership, SFU

  • Professor of Education at Simon Fraser University

  • Principal, Drawing Change

  • Dean and Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU

  • Professor of Leadership and Organization Development at the Beedie School of Business at SFU

  • Strategic Consultant and Community Activist

  • Executive Director & Co-Founder, CityHive

  • Executive Director, Institut du Nouveau Monde (INM), Montreal

  • Co-Founder, The Pacific Canada Heritage Centre - Museum of Migration

  • Director, Digital Democracies Group

  • Public Engagement Specialist; Founding Partner - One World Inc.

  • Educator and Facilitator, Decolonizing Anti-Racism

  • Dean and Associate Provost, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

  • Executive Director, Campus Administration, SFU Surrey

  • CEO, Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI)

  • Somatic Therapist (RCC) and Co-Lead Program Design Refugee Livelihood Lab, RADIUS SFU

  • Executive Director and Co-Founder, CityStudio

  • Director, Dialogue and Conflict Management, UBC

  • Development Director, Institut du Nouveau Monde, Montreal

  • Order of Canada and Order of British Columbia Recipient

  • Director, Center for Comparative Muslim Studies, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver

  • Principal, Dovetail Consulting Group

  • Civic Engagement Specialist

  • Former Co-Executive Director, QMUNITY; community organizer, facilitator & educator

  • Partner, Convergence Strategies

  • Community Organizer, Independent Scholar, Writer and Activist

  • Assistant Dean, External Relations, Beedie School of Business, SFU

  • Executive Director, Whistler Centre for Sustainability

  • Project Director, Hey Neighbour Collective

  • Principal, CE Holmes Consulting Inc

  • Executive Director, Two Worlds of Knowing Project

  • Former Director General of the Office of Nutrition Policy and Promotion at Health Canada

  • Co-Founder and Partner, Impact Plus Consulting

  • Director, SFU's Vancity Office of Community Engagement

  • Professor, Department of Political Science, SFU

  • Protem Director for the Office for Aboriginal People, SFU

  • Chief Executive Officer, Reconciliation Canada, North Vancouver

  • Owner & Lead Trainer, Ladders to Kindness Training