The Massey Dialogues – Sabreena Delhon on the Day of Democracy: Building Resilient and Relevant Public Institutions

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The Massey Dialogues – Sabreena Delhon on the Day of Democracy: Building Resilient and Relevant Public Institutions

Wednesday, September 16 at 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT


Open Democracy Fellow Sabreena Delhon will join the Dialogues to mark the International Day of Democracy. The discussion will examine shifting expectations of institutions and explore whether they can evolve to meet new standards of accountability. Can democracy be strengthened in the recovery from COVID-19?

Principal Nathalie Des Rosiers will moderate the conversation, welcoming Shauna Sylvester, Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue to Massey, alongside Junior Fellow and Master of Public Policy student Stephanie Bertolo.


Click here to watch the livestream of this event. The Dialogues are open to the public – we invite everyone to join and take part in what will be a very informative online discussion. Participants are invited to submit questions to the speakers in real time via the youtube channel’s chat function. For information about the Massey Dialogues salon series, click here.


Sabreena Delhon, Open Democracy Fellow, is a leading public sector strategist with expertise in executing initiatives that deliver complex information to diverse audiences. She is the inaugural Open Democracy Fellow, a role co-created by SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Open Democracy Project in partnership with Massey College. Sabreena is also the founder of Signal Strategies, an engagement firm commitment to social change and innovation. Delhon holds an M.A. in Sociology from Dalhousie University and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Alberta.


Stephanie Bertolo is in her second year of the Master of Public Policy Program. In 2018, she graduated from McMaster University with a Bachelor of Arts and Science and Minor in Community Engagement Studies. Following her graduation, she served as the Vice-President Education of the McMaster Students Union, leading the organization’s government relations and advocacy efforts to all three levels of government. Her research interests include urban and health policy, discovering how policy can create safe, healthy, and equitable communities. As a proud Hamiltonian, she enjoys exploring Hamilton’s many waterfalls, art galleries, and coffeeshops.


Shauna Sylvester is the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Co-Founder of SFU Public Square.

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.

Click here to read her fellow profile.


Wednesday, September 16
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT
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