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SFU Public Square Facilitators

Laurie Anderson

Dr. Laurie Anderson, executive director of SFU Vancouver, is an associate member of SFU's Faculty of Education and an associate of SFU's Centre for Dialogue.

With deep roots in public education, Laurie’s experience includes serving as a consultant on education reform with the BC Ministry of Education; as an adjunct professor in the School of Community and Regional Planning at UBC; a curriculum developer and instructor for Vancouver Community College; a facilitator of the VSB's Leadership Development Program; and a developer of the Instructor Training Program, a course taken by more than 2,500 aspiring teachers of adults over the past 25 years. A director of the Canadian Bureau of International Education and a frequent international presenter, Laurie has facilitated dozens of planning and visioning sessions across Metro Vancouver.

Shauna Sylvester

Shauna Sylvester has been engaging the world for more than 25 years through her groundbreaking work in local, national and global communities. Executive director of SFU Public Square, Shauna is a fellow at the SFU Centre for Dialogue and founding executive director of Carbon Talks, a national initiative to accelerate Canada’s shift to a low-carbon economy.

A founding director of Canada’s World, the most comprehensive citizen’s consultation on Canadian foreign policy in history, Shauna has done extensive work to strengthen democracy and support media development in conflict zones around the world by founding the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society (IMPACS). She has served on the boards of Mountain Equipment Co-op, Vancity Credit Union, VancityCapital, the Voluntary Sector Initiative, and the BC Assessment Authority. In 2005, she received an Outstanding Alumni Award from SFU for community service from SFU.

Joanna Ashworth

Dr. Joanna Ashworth is a senior researcher, instructor and advisor with SFU’s Centre for Sustainable Community Development. She is the co-director of SFU’s Engaging Diaspora in Development project. As the former director of Dialogue Programs at SFU, Joanna led innovative dialogue-learning projects and programs for more than eight years. The author of Cultivating Dialogue, Joanna is an experienced, IAC-trained facilitator with numerous dialogue events and meetings to her credit.

Most recently she has facilitated the Development Effectiveness Learning Circles series with the BC Council for International Development; Early Childhood Policy Tables consultations in Surrey; the Nursing Association of BC's provincial strategic planning session; stakeholder sessions with the BC Ministry Responsible for Multiculturalism; and offered dialogues workshops for the Vernon Multicultural Centre and the Frog Hollow Youth program.

Suzanne Hawkes

A skilled facilitator, coach trainer and management consultant for more than 15 years, Suzanne Hawkes is committed to supporting the voices and strategic impact of organizations across Canada, the USA and overseas. Her vision: a diverse cross-sectoral network of powerful, collaborative, service-oriented leaders working across differences to achieve significant wins over time.

Suzanne is a trainer and coach with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, the USA’s largest multi-day transformational leadership training program for non-profit leaders. Her recent clients include Emily Carr University of Art + Design; Mountain Equipment Co-op; Simon Fraser University’s City Program; and the Washington, DC-based Center for Progressive Leadership.

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