Event Management

The Centre for Dialogue offers a variety of services to ensure your conference or event runs smoothly. These services include:

  • Dedicated professional Event Manager assigned to each event
  • Complete meeting packages, including meeting room, breakfast, lunch and continuous refreshment breaks, plus a choice of technology all quoted at a per-delegate daily rate
  • Onsite business centre for client needs, including computer access
  • Registration services
  • Name badges/tent cards
  • Audio taping/CD-ROM recording of sessions
  • Assistance with event décor
  • Onsite catering
  • Accommodation assistance
  • Program planning and facilitation
  • Security

Planning and facilitation

The Centre for Dialogue at Simon Fraser University provides an ideal conference environment. With support from Dialogue Programs, SFU Continuing Studies, and the Centre's academic program, the Centre for Dialogue can offer expertise to diverse organizations, communities and individuals on the use of dialogue-based inquiry for the exploration and understanding of complex public issues.

Program Planning

We can assist clients to develop content, strategies, budgets and other elements key to organizing effective events, conferences and programs.

Consultation Services

Simon Fraser University dialogue experts have participated as facilitators, program designers and consultants for a range of clients, including the Vancouver-area police departments, The Institute of Public Administration (IPAC), TriCities Community Solutions (United Way), The International Association for Consultative Law, Action Canada and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.

Facilitation and Dialogue Services

The Centre for Dialogue can provide facilitators, mediators and other meeting specialists to assist with your event's objectives. We recommend that groups contact us to explore the dynamics of meeting “in the round.”

Speakers, Panels and Experts

As a comprehensive university, SFU has access to experts within and beyond its walls—both locally and internationally—and can arrange for moderators, speakers, panellists, specialized researchers and program consultants.

Dialogue programs and university credit courses cultivate a spirit of dynamic conversation among all sectors of the community. SFU works with government, business and not-for-profit organizations to create dialogue events. Innovations like the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue and the Diploma in Dialogue and Negotiation demonstrate a multidisciplinary approach to teaching the theory and practice of dialogue. SFU research and other resources support the advancement of dialogue, and we provide expert facilitation services to groups interested in initiating discussions.