Doubling Down

Introducing Doubling Down

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue presents “Doubling Down,” a monthly virtual event series exploring dialogue and democracy as necessary pillars to advancing challenging conversations. At the Centre, we research and apply dialogue best practices for engagement processes, teaching and learning, politics and policy, and around your dining room table. Join us each month to hear what we've learned, what we're thinking about, and the actions institutions can take to strengthen our democracy. Each event will feature one or more speakers from a specific sector to help the series answer: How do we double down on democracy and dialogue in challenging times? And in order to succeed, what actions and skills do we need to emphasize right now? Whether you know what dialogue is or not, join us to be inspired and learn new methods that can apply to your work.

Upcoming Event

Thursday, June 24, 2021
1:00-2:15pm PDT | Online Webinar on Zoom

Are you keen to learn how to design and implement engagement processes which:

  • Lead with the needs of the people;
  • Meaningfully integrate stakeholders and resident input; and
  • Reconvene participants to evaluate progress on their own recommendations?

If so, please join us for an engaging and candid discussion about the “Burnaby Model”, the engagement approach for Your Voice. Your Home., the City of Burnaby’s largest public engagement process to date. This event will bring together key voices from Your Voice. Your Home, to share personal reflections, lessons learned and best practices, each from a different and important perspective.


  • Mayor Mike Hurley, Mayor of Burnaby
  • Lee-Ann Garnett, Deputy Director Planning and Building, City of Burnaby
  • Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director, SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue; Task Force Facilitator
  • Thom Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer, Co-operative Housing Federation of BC; Mayor’s Task Force on Community Housing member
  • Victor Yin, Burnaby resident and Your Voice. Your Home participant

Following the panel discussion, event attendees will be encouraged to ask questions during our Q+A session. 

Past Events

Thursday, May 20

Democracy, Dialogue and Equity in Public Engagement

Thursday, April 15

Democracy, Dialogue and Climate Change

Thursday, March 25

Democracy, Dialogue and Innovations in Engaging Civic Education

Details on How to Attend

Registration and Password

A password to access this Zoom meeting will be sent to all registrants via email in the days and hours preceding the event.


Our events will be presented using Zoom. To engage fully you will need:

  • A laptop, computer, or smartphone
  • A stable internet connection
  • A webcam
  • A microphone
  • Speakers or headphones

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding accessibility, feel free to connect with us at

Protecting Your Privacy

To ensure that we are using Zoom in a privacy-conscious way, we are following best practices:

  • We will only circulate the meeting link to those who are registered for the event
  • We will password protect the meeting

Code of Conduct and Inclusion Expectation

This is an inclusive event. By submitting your registration, you are agreeing to engage with organizers and others guests at the event in a respectful manner. Offensive or discriminatory behaviour and/or language toward event organizers and other guests will not be tolerated. Such behaviour may result in the removal or banning of the individual(s) from future events.