Shauna Sylvester is a Fellow at the Simon Fraser University Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and the Executive Director of Carbon Talks a national initiative focused on increasing Canada’s global competitiveness by shifting to a low carbon economy.  Shauna is a skilled facilitator, a social entrepreneur and a commentator on international issues.  Prior to leading Carbon Talks, Shauna served as the Founding 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.  In 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 has served as Treasurer to Mountain Equipment Cooperative and on the boards of Vancity Credit Union, Vancity Capital, the Voluntary Sector Initiative and the BC Assessment Authority.

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.

Elodie Jacquet is the dialogue convenor for Carbon Talks. She will be focussing on organizing the dialogues as well as producing reports and metrics for the project. She will also be involved in the production of theonline content. Elodie was most recently with Action Canada, a fellowship program for young Canadian leaders. She previously spent two years working as an outreach and program coordinator for Canada’s World, a national citizen engagement initiative on foreign policy. She has had extensive experience in the corporate sector and has been a volunteer in the environmental sector for 16 years. Elodie is a former behavioural biologist who still enjoys studying whale communications in the waters of BC and breeds mason bees for her vegetable garden on her time off. She is also a mother and an amateur nature writer and photographer.

Scott Young is a Research Assistant at the Simon Fraser University Centre for Dialogue. He was a 2009/2010 Chevening Scholar at the University of Warwick in the United Kingdom, where he completed his MA (with Distinction) in International Relations. He holds a BA (Honours) in Political Science, with a minor in Dialogue, from Simon Fraser University. He has also studied at the University of Hong Kong and the Università degli Studi di Torino/Torino World Affairs Institute.

Scott sits on the executive committee of the Canadian International Council’s Vancouver Branch, and has previously worked with Canada’s World, the United States Consulate General in Vancouver (State Department and Department of Commerce), and the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency’s Vancouver office. His present research interests includes the proliferation of global network governance in the post-financial crisis period and the evolution of regional governance initiatives in the Asia-Pacific and East Asia regions. With Carbon Talks, he is focusing on current developments in global environmental governance, and the implications for Canada.

Maria Lee is a Research Assistant and helps coordinate Carbon Talks’ Brown Bag Lunch Dialogues. She is a third year student at SFU studying International Studies, with a specialization in economic development. Her interests lie in how economic and public policy can be used to shape sustainable development.

Aateka Shashank is a Research Assistant with Carbon Talks focused on issues related to district energy, carbon neutral buildings and energy options. She is the Coordinator of Carbon Talks social media outreach. She is an undergraduate student in the geography department and has a background in research on climate change issues. Aateka brings her passion for hydrology, environment and urban design to her work.

 Nils Westling is a research assistant and writer for Carbon Talks. He has a bachelors degree in Environmental Economics from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and a profound knowledge of climate change and mitigation policies with an emphasis on economic incentives. His particular interest is in global environmental justice and climate policy.


Zannatul Ferdous, former Research Assistant at CarbonTalks working on fugitive emissions, retail supply chain, biomass, technology and road space allocation.  She is the Coordinator of our Carbon Talks brown bag lunch series.  Zannat is an international student from Bangladesh, doing an MA in International Development at SFU School for International Studies. She has a background in SME development and particularly interested in aligning public-private interests.


Kayla Van Egdom , former Research Assistant and writer for Carbon Talks. She is in her fourth year at Simon Fraser University, pursuing a major in English and a minor in business. Her particular area of interest is the growing social responsibility of businesses and how this helps foster a low carbon economy. She brings her written abilities and research skills to the team at Carbon Talks.


Chris Westendorf , former Communications Officer at Carbon Talks. He is producing a lead video for the organization and has contributed strongly to communications strategy, infrastructure, and content. Chris has led the organization’s research on efficiency financing and has written primers on a range of sustainability issues for a national conference featuring business leaders.

With a Master’s Degree in Business and a background in Education, Entrepreneurship, Media Arts, and English Literature, Chris brings a wealth of experience to the organization. He is especially interested in interactive and convergent media as a user-engagement and communications tool.


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