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SFU Public Square Team

Janet Webber

Executive Director

For the last 15 years, Janet has effectively designed and facilitated 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. Before her time with SFU Public Square, Janet worked with Action Canada, a national leadership development program which supports emerging Canadian leaders to develop a deep understanding of Canadian public policy and civic engagement. 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.

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Doug Hamilton-Evans

Research & Communications Coordinator

Doug joins SFU Public Square with a professional background in communications, marketing and branding as well as a research background in the critical study of media and communications. He holds an MA from Goldsmiths, University of London and is proud to have worked for CBC Vancouver, Cause+Affect Design, the First Peoples’ Cultural Council and the Endangered Languages Project.

Arnav Dada

Events & Marketing Assistant

Arnav is a third year Beedie student concentrating in marketing and finance. He recently received The Governor General's Sovereignty Medal for Service as a part of his work with Spark Foundation, a non-profit operating across Metro Vancouver to provide life education workshops to youth to inspire and empower them. He is passionate about music and acting. Arnav brings in a great work ethic to the team and is excited to further develop his marketing and communications skills.

Joel Harnest

Program Manager

Joel joins SFU Public Square with over 10 years’ experience in designing, planning and facilitating spaces that nurture curious and safe dialogues, workshops and sessions with an eye to advancing human rights and intersectional equity. With a BA in International Development, a Certificate in Dialogue and Engagement from SFU, and work experience grounded in anti-oppressive community engagement, including most recently at QMUNITY, BC’s Queer, Trans and Two-Spirit Resource Centre, Joel is excited to lend his knowledge and experience, and continue to grow and learn, with the SFU Public Square community.

Sakshi Taneja

Events & Marketing Assistant

Sakshi is an international student at SFU doing a joint major in Communications and English. She is interested in the power of films for community engagement, the coming together of words and visuals to tell a story, and how they can be used to bring about a positive change in the world. She is also passionate about travelling and exploring new places. Her most recent trip was spent immersed in the language, culture and art of France.

Karugi Gathumbi

Program Assistant

Karugi is an International student pursuing a BA in Communications at SFU. She is passionate about working within communities and the chance to expand her learning through the diversity that exists within them. Karugi has growing interests in topics related to technology and society and thinks it is incredibly important to create platforms such as SFU Public Square to engage the wider community and the university on social issues that affect us in the digital age. She looks forward to acquiring program and event-planning skills through her role.

Seth Erais


Seth is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a BA in Religious Studies. He comes to SFU Public Square with a professional background in program and event planning. Seth is an educator and advocate for LGTBQ+ inclusion in the public sphere and believes in the power of storytelling for social change.

Geoff Smith

Design Coordinator

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.

SFU Public Square would like to acknowledge all the past and present interns, volunteers, and work-study students that have made the program  such a tremendous success. Without your help, SFU Public Square would not be what it is. Thank you.

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