Shauna Sylvester is the Director of Simon Fraser University’s Centre for Dialogue and is the Executive Director of SFU’s Carbon Talks, a national initiative focused on increasing Canada’s global competitiveness by shifting to a low carbon economy. Shauna is also the Executive Director of the SFU Public Square – a signature project of SFU’s commitment to engagement which convenes serious and productive dialogues on issues of public concern to Canadians.
Shauna is a skilled facilitator, social entrepreneur and commentator on international issues. She has led several dialogues on density, business development, transportation and energy and she served as the lead facilitator for the Mayor’s Task Force on Affordable Housing in Vancouver.
Prior to leading SFU Public Square and Carbon Talks, Shauna served as the Founding Executive Director of Canada’s World – a national citizen engagement initiative on foreign policy.
Shauna has written and edited several publications related to foreign policy, social and environmental issues and has provided policy advice to governments and foundations on subjects as varied as climate change, human security, media and democratic development. From 1997 to 2006, Shauna co-founded and served as the first Executive Director of IMPACS – the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society, a media and democracy organization that operated in Canada and in conflict and post-conflict zones around the world.
In addition to her international work, Shauna is involved in her community. She is a current board member of Mountain Equipment Cooperative and has served on the boards of Vancity Credit Union, Vancity Capital, the Voluntary Sector Initiative, the BC Assessment Authority and numerous non-profit organizations.
In 2010, Shauna was recognized by The Simons Foundation as a Peace Leader. In 2003, she was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 in the Globe and Mail after receiving a similar award from Business in Vancouver Magazine in 2000.