Who We Are
The people behind SFU Public Square are committed to working collaboratively to create space for diverse voices and ideas. Our permanent staff are joined by community volunteers and students through the work-study, co-op and peer education program who infuse our approach with their energy and ideas. Much more than a production team, we confront the complexity of topics in our programming through a spirit of always learning and striving for better. This culture challenges us to think holistically and extend ourselves towards ever more interesting, inclusive, and productive engagements.
Janet Webber – Executive Director
Janet effectively designs and facilitates community engagement activities which encourage the respectful exchange of diverse values and ideas. Locally and internationally she has convened innovative, inclusive and impactful events for small intimate groups and for audiences numbered in the thousands. The north star that guides Janet’s work is her belief in the fundamental importance of bringing people into spaces and conversations with each other on the issues that shape our individual and collective lives. Janet is originally from Toronto, lives in Vancouver and holds a BA in Psychology and an Executive MBA.
Jennifer Wolowic, PhD – Associate Director, Dialogue on Canada's Future
For the last few years, Jen co-led the SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue’s Strengthening Canadian Democracy Initiative. As part of the initiative, she spent time at the intersections of policy, procedures and human experience in local government, thinking about polarization, and exploring potential solutions. Before that, she worked in research spaces of LGBTQ2AI+ youth health policy and her PhD at UBC collaborated with Coast Tsimshian and Nisga’a youth to create a visual ethnography of their local and virtual communities.
Dialogue on Canada’s Future is a collaboration between SFU Public Square and the Cascade Institute of Royal Roads University to help Canadians imagine positive futures for our country and find pathways we can follow to make those futures real.
Seth Erais – Program Manager (on parental leave)
Seth comes to SFU Public Square with a professional background in student engagement, program development and event planning. He is an educator and advocate for accessibility and meaningful inclusion. Before working with SFU Public Square, he developed and facilitated interreligious and intercultural education and programming for students, staff and faculty at the University of Calgary. Seth completed his BA in Religious Studies with a focus on pedagogy and experiential learning in post-secondary education at the University of Calgary. He believes in the power of storytelling for social change.
Learn more about Seth in this People of SFU story.
Doug Hamilton-Evans – Communications Manager
For over a decade, Doug has worked in various fields of communications in support of community engagement. He's crafted stories for brand and design projects at Cause+Affect (where he co-produced and promoted several editions of Vancouver’s famous PechaKucha Night), promoted podcasts and community events at CBC Vancouver and celebrated Indigenous language revitalization projects at the First Peoples' Cultural Council and the Endangered Languages Project. He tempers this applied experience with a research background in the critical study of media, communications and culture with an MA from the University of London.
Sakshi Taneja – Program Coordinator
A recent SFU graduate with a joint major in Communications and English, Sakshi returns to SFU Public Square with a background in digital marketing and event organization. As a woman of colour and an avid reader, she believes in the power of storytelling to bring about positive change and creates content to explore issues of consent, coercion and sexual assault.
Mugasha Rutega – Communications and Events Assistant
Mugasha is a third-year student at Simon Fraser University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. He has a background in community building as an executive of SFU Students of Caribbean and African Ancestry as well as a passion for videography. His goal is to help strengthen the resilience and capacity of various communities with the aid of SFU Public Square.
Geoff Smith – Design Lead
With a professional background in graphic design and communications, Geoff strives to create meaningful pairings of message and medium. Originally from Nova Scotia, he has a BA in Public Relations and a Diploma in Graphic Design. During his career, Geoff has worked in non-profit as well as other post-secondary institutions including Dalhousie University and Langara College.
Ahaan Dada – Program Assistant
Ahaan is a second year student at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University. He is currently pursuing BBA and plans to major in Marketing. He comes with a background and experience in research and marketing. He has a striking interest in Model United Nations or MUN conferences and a passion for debate and dialogue. Ahaan aims to apply this experience in research and community engagement with the help of SFU Public Square and wishes to contribute to the betterment of civic dialogue and engagement throughout SFU.