Next Vancouver speaker

Shauna Sylvester (online)

More info

October 2, 8:30am • CMVan | Transit • part of a series on Transit

Join us for our speaker next month as we welcome Shauna Sylvester to our virtual stage.

Shauna Sylvester - Social entrepreneur, facilitator, commentator, and educator

Service to community, to friends and family has always been at the core of Shauna Sylvester’s life. Her resume reads like a great novel, filled with intrigue from overseas stints in conflict zones to the Vancouver “girl next door” who sidestepped becoming a nun to found several non-profits and eventually run for mayor.

Those who know her well will tell you that you can’t describe Shauna in conventional terms. While she is a Professor of Professional Practice and the Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, she isn’t an academic. She rejects the ivory tower and works to bring the university into community and the community into the university.

Shauna started out in high school as a peace activist, worked overseas in Bolivia, Ecuador and Indonesia and then shifted her focus in her late twenties to create the kind of work she thought was needed in the world. She then went on to launch and lead five initiatives (IMPACS - the Institute for Media, Policy and Civil Society, Canada’s World, Carbon Talks, Renewable Cities, and the SFU Public Square) while raising kids and caring for elderly parents. She has also served on corporate and non-profit boards along the way - from Vancity, Vancity Capital Corp., Mountain Equipment Cooperative, to the Voluntary Sector Initiative and Tamarack Institute.

Shauna’s feels most at home when she is convening difficult conversations. She is an award-winning facilitator who has designed and hosted hundreds of dialogues related to transportation, housing, land-use planning, democracy, climate change and human rights. She has a passion for cities, a hard-wire commitment to justice and a capacity to create abundance where others see scarcity.

We are thrilled to introduce Wade Davis as our next speaker in September. Join us!

Wade Davis - Explorer, Anthropologist, Author,
Photographer, and Professor

Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society from 2000 to 2013, Wade Davis is currently Professor of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Author of 22 books, including One River, The Wayfinders and Into the Silence, he holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. In 2016, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.

In 2018 he became an Honorary Citizen of Colombia. His latest book, Magdalena: River of Dreams, published by Knopf Canada in September, is available to pre-order online now from the Indigo or Amazon websites or from your favourite local bookstore. Copies will be in stores and the audiobook, featuring Wade reading, will both be available on September 15th.


How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?
Creativity is the consequence of action, not its motivation

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?
Mambeando and sitting at my desk

\What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?
Just do it

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

Where was the last place you travelled?

What books made a difference in your life and why?
The work of Gary Snyder, Lawrence Durrell, Eduardo Galeano

How would you describe what you do in a single sentence to a stranger?
I’m a storyteller

What has been one of your biggest Aha! moments in life?
Learning what words can do

What are you proudest of in your life?
Being a good father

If you could interview anyone living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?
Knud Rasmussen

Hello creative people!

What fun we had on Friday listening to gorgeous live music performed by Cassidy Waring, followed by a vulnerable and engaging talk and conversation with David Vertesi. Thanks again to our friends at MGA | Michael Green Architecture for making the event possible. If you missed the event, we’ll be posting the video here in a few days.

As always, we invited members of the CMVan community to share some upcoming events that we thought you would appreciate knowing about:


Self-guided cycling and walking routes of Vancouver’s best public art with new route and prizes every week!.

Info and registration at


The talented singer songwriter Desirée Dawson is among a select group of Vancouverites performing as part of the Mainland Concert Series on Side Door.

Info and tickets at

PREWORK PLAYSHOPS (Aug 10, 17, 23, 31)

Join master facilitator Sue Biely and a small group to kick off our Mondays in August with 30 minutes of creative play before we pretend to ‘adult’ for the rest of the week. By donation with proceeds supporting Story Money Impact.

Info and tickets at


SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs is a proud partner in focus of the A Weed By Any Other Name Spotlight, including the Opening Gala film Pier Kids!

Info and tickets at 


Learn about VMF’s curation process with Lead Curator Drew Young, Graffiti Curator Scott Sueme and 2020 Guest Curators, Krystal Paraboo and Sierra Tasi Baker. Proudly co-produced by CMVan.

Info and tickets at


No agenda. No speakers. No uncomfortable networking. Just coffee and conversation with a bunch of really nice people. Join us and see for yourself.

Information at


SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs is proud to partner with VLAFF on their upcoming festival that encourages dialogue among cultures, and explores and celebrates the art of contemporary Latin American and Latin-Canadian filmmaking.

Info and tickets at


In September, CMVan is honoured to host world renowned explorer, anthropologist, author, photographer, and professor Wade Davis who will share his personal reflections about creativity through the lens of the theme ‘spectrum’.

Info and registration at


Join poet educator Christine Bissonnette for an 8 week poetry writing workshop series designed for teens aged 16–18.

Info and registration at


A free one-day consulting session to help Vancouver brands get back to business. Applications open for volunteer industry professionals!

Info and application at

Hoping to see you at these fun events or at a future CMVan talk!

Your friends, the CreativeMornings/Vancouver Team

Join us for our next amazing speaker, David Vertesi, as he tackles our global theme of stress.

David Vertesi,
Musician, Vancouver Mural Fest Co-Founder, Arts AdvocateDavid Vertesi has spent the last 15 years making a name for himself as a versatile contributor to the Canadian music industry. A founding member of Vancouver’s Juno-nominated indie pop band, Hey Ocean!, he has also worn the hat of producer, artist manager and community advocate.

In 2011, he founded the annual event #SingItFwd raising more than $200,000 for youth music programs in the Downtown Eastside and garnering a YMCA Power of Peace Award. David Vertesi is also the co-founder of Create Vancouver, a non-profit society that aims to transform the way art is seen in the city. As the Executive Director of the organization and their flagship event, Vancouver Mural Festival, Vertesi has overseen the creation of more than 150 new large scale murals across Vancouver. In three short years, CVS has worked in a range of areas such as Mount Pleasant, Strathcona, Victoria Drive, Granville Island, North Vancouver, the Downtown Eastside and the False Creek Flats. In 2017, Vertesi and Vancouver Mural Festival were selected for Vancouver Magazine’s Power 50 Award.

We are thrilled to have the multi talented musician Tarun Nayar join us as our July speaker.

Tarun has built his world at intersections. Of east and west. Of music and business. Of science and art. Born to a white Canadian mother and an immigrant Indian father in French Canada, he has always lived in multiple worlds. He is comfortable in discomfort and fascinated with helping people find common ground, opening doors, and equalling the playing field. He is passionate about changing perceptions and championing unheard stories and talent.

Trained formally in Indian Classical Music from the age of 7, Tarun’s involvement in Vancouver’s underground electronic music scene in his early 20s led to the formation of well-known Canadian band Delhi 2 Dublin in 2006. He has since led the band to Glastonbury (UK), Hardly Strictly Bluegrass (US), Woodford (AUS) and hundreds of other club and festival gigs around the world. Tarun is passionate about creating opportunities in the arts for people of colour. He is Executive Director of 5X Festival, one of North America’s largest South Asian festivals. He is on the board of Vancouver’s New Forms Festival, the Canadian Live Music Association, and a member of BC’s Ministry of Education Advisory Committee, Vancouver’s Music City Task Force, and Vancouver’s 2018 Juno Host City Committee. Tarun manages emerging Pakistani-Canadian electronic artist Khanvict, and is the co-founder and owner of digital label Snakes x Ladders which focuses on the new wave of hybrid South Asian artists.


How do you define creativity and apply it in your life and career?

Creativity is raw life energy expressing itself through the human imagination. I bow down to that force every morning and night, and feed it with a daily practice.

Where do you find your best creative inspiration or energy?

A daily practice, healthy living, good food, good company, nature, exercise!

What’s one piece of creative advice or a tip you wish you’d known as a young person?

Fuck what your parents think. Do what you love and what you know you should be doing.

Who (living or dead) would you most enjoy hearing speak at CreativeMornings?

Marlon James. Ta Nehisi Coates. James Baldwin.