Dialogue and Engagement: Dr. Mark Winston

Dr. Mark Winston partners with universities, corporations, NGOs, governments and communities to advance dialogue and communication skills, engage public and stakeholder audiences with controversial issues through dialogue, and implement experiential learning and community engagement in educational institutions.

Activities focus on:


Dr. Winston is facilitating Getting to Tomorrow, 18 national dialogues in communities across Canada exploring a health and human rights-based approach to substance use. These conversations are being held in collaboration with SFU's Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, and are designed to bring together individuals with lived and living experience, health care responders, government policy makers, politicians and non-profit interest groups to co-design a better future together.


Dr. Winston is currently the SFU Library's inaugural Non-Fiction Writer in Residence emphasizing the power of non-fiction writing to share knowledge beyond academia, enhancing the SFU community's capacity to tell compelling research and scholarship stories. As Writer in Residence, he delivers workshops on non-fiction writing for public audiences, and offering opportunities to receive feedback and mentoring on their own projects, to SFU graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty and staff.

Learning and Teaching

Dr. Winston is the lead faculty on the Centre's Semester In project, facilitating SFU Departments and Faculties to incorporate semester-long, cohort-based learning approaches into their curriculum, similar to the Semester in Dialogue. Faculty develop their own courses as part of their Department/Faculty academic offerings, with the support and mentorship of Semester in Dialogue faculty and staff.

Learn more about Dr. Mark Winston’s work on his personal website Winston Hive:

Selected Media & Publications

Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive (2014, winner of 2015 Governor Generals Literary Award for Nonfiction)

Listening to the Bees (2018, with Renee Sarojini Saklikar, winner of IPPY 2019 Gold Medal Independent Publishers Book Award, Environment/Ecology)