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SFU Public Square Team

Joanne Curry

SFU External Relations

Joanne has spent the majority of her career in the university sector, connecting the university with the community and supporting students, research, and knowledge mobilization. At SFU, she oversees a wide-range of activities and initiatives including university communications and marketing, government relations, and community engagement at all three SFU campuses.

Janet Webber

Executive Director
SFU Public Square

Janet has years of experience fostering effective ideas exchange, and has convened innovative and impactful dialogues and events locally and internationally. Previously, Janet worked with Action Canada, a national fellowship program for emerging Canadian leaders. Janet holds a BA in Psychology and an Executive MBA.

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Landon Hoyt

Program Manager
SFU Public Square

Landon is an experienced community engagement leader bringing a background of business, sustainability, and urbanism to the SFU Public Square team. Previously, Landon was the Executive Director of Hastings Crossing Business Improvement Association in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Canada's first 'social innovation BIA.' He also worked with SFU’s Sustainability Office as well as the Neighborhood Economic Development Corporation in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon. He holds a Master of Urban Studies from SFU, and Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning.

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Doug Hamilton-Evans


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.

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Kat Moyou


Kat is an experienced communication designer for both digital and print with an extensive background in illustration. She particularly enjoys applying her skills for Aboriginal communities and the arts. Kat is Métis, raised in Vancouver, and is an avid world traveller.

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Melanie Schermer


Melanie is an intern from Germany where she studies Applied Linguistics and Journalism. She started her internship at SFU Public Square in order to gain experience in the field of Public Affairs and Communications. She is enthusiastic about bringing in her experiences as a research volunteer through former work placements at a local radio station, a student TV station and at local newspapers.

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Kady Wong


Kady is a graduate of SFU with a BA in Environmental Geography. She is a communicator and an educator with work experience ranging from facilitating watershed education for Metro Vancouver to project managing SFU’s flagship Zero Waste Initiative. Kady is excited to bring her knowledge in community engagement to her work at SFU Public Square.

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Administration Team

Kelvin Chan, Budget Assistant
SFU Centre for Dialogue

Kelvin holds a bachelor’s degree in Geography with a Minor in Dialogue in Communication. He first joined SFU Public Square as a City Conversations volunteer and now works full time supporting the management of the Centre For Dialogue's financial processes. Kelvin sees dialogue and engagement as an opportunity to discover and be inspired by each others' unique narrative.

Brenda Tang, Associate Director 
SFU Centre for Dialogue

Brenda Tang started her work with the Centre for Dialogue in 2004 with Dialogue Programs. After a brief stint working in real estate marketing, Brenda returned to the Centre working under the Academic Director managing department and project budgets, marketing and website updates, event planning and logistics as well as all aspects of administration. Brenda has been employed in numerous departments within SFU and also has a background of working in the downtown eastside, marketing for the non-profit arts and teaching English in Guangzhou, China. She holds a BA in Communications from SFU.

Sandy Wong, Budget Assistant 
SFU Centre for Dialogue

Sandy holds a B.Comm. (Hons) in Marketing and Human Resources Management and is accredited as a Project Management Professional. She provides supports to the Manager of the SFU Centre for Dialogue and is responsible for processing financial transactions, managing project budgets and preparing financial reports.

SFU Resource Team

Shauna Sylvester
Co-Founder and
Senior Advisor

Laurie Anderson
Executive Director, 
SFU Vancouver

Mark Winston
Senior Fellow, 
Centre for Dialogue

Michael Boucher
Cultural Programming

Robin Prest
Program Director,
Civic Engage

Am Johal
Community Outreach

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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