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.
Blog Posts by Shauna Sylvester
Leaving Paris, will COP21 deliver the new green?
By Shauna Sylvester - December 11, 2015
Coming from the UN climate talks, if the politicians don't act, others will... read more
Day 5: Leapfrogging to renewable energy
By Shauna Sylvester - December 08, 2015
What can cities learn from each other in the race to 100% renewable energy?.. read more
Day 4: Where’s my Canadian pin?
By Shauna Sylvester - December 07, 2015
Thanks to Minister of Environment Catherine McKenna, Canada is regaining its international climate leadership role... read more
Day 3: Shifting and divergent narratives at COP21
By Shauna Sylvester - December 06, 2015
Stories matter, and COP21's collective message couldn't be more different from that of the Copenhagen conference... read more
Day 2: Team Vancouver at COP21
By Shauna Sylvester - December 05, 2015
All eyes are on green economy innovation in Vancouver as 100% renewable energy in cities goes prime time... read more