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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.

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.

Kevin Cherney


Kevin is a recent SFU graduate with an Honours BA in English and a minor in Communications. His primary interest is in cultural studies. He has lived in Vancouver for more than ten years and considers it home. Kevin joined Public Square as an in-office volunteer and is excited to join the team in a full-time capacity.

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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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Christine Dyson


Christine is a recent SFU graduate with a BA in Environmental Geography, minor in Environmental Education and certificates in Spatial Information Systems, Corporate Environment and Social Sustainability. She brings her experience in hosting and planning events through working with a variety of student leadership positions at SFU. Christine looks forward to working alongside the rest of the SFU Public Square team.

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Nicole Payer

Digital Marketing & Events Coordinator
SFU Public Square

Nicole is a recent SFU graduate, with a bachelors in Communication and minor in Print and Digital Publishing. Having many of her interests centre around the facilitation of dialogue for social and community change, SFU Public Square was a natural fit. Nicole started at SFU Public as a Work Study student, and is excited to continue working with the team in a full-time role.

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Renee McMillen


Renee is currently pursuing her BA in Communications with SFU and has certifications from BCIT in Design Essentials and Web Development. Her passion for social justice, community engagement and environmental initiative drive her to fulfill career goals integrating design and communications and is happy to bring her skills to the team at SFU Public Square.

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Mobin Mehrparvar

Program Intern
SFU Public Square

Mobin is an SFU student, studying Psychology and International Studies with a focus on intergroup relations, social and forensic psychology. He has worked with various NGOs all around the world such as Canadian Cancer Society and Iran MS Society in volunteer engagement and Human resources. He is excited to work alongside the team at SFU Public Square and bring his experience to help his community.  
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Brenda Tang

Administrative Manager,
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.

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.

SFU Resource Team

Shauna Sylvester
Co-Founder and
Senior Advisor

Laurie Anderson
Executive Director, 
SFU Vancouver

Mark Winston
Senior Fellow, 
Centre for Dialogue

Am Johal
Community Outreach

Michael Boucher
Cultural Programming

Robin Prest
Program Director,
Civic Engage

SFU Public Square would like to acknowledge all the past and present interns that have made the Community Summit such a tremendous success. Without your help, SFU PS would not be possible.

Thank you.

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