Bio

Jessie Sutherland, M.A in Dispute Resolution, Director of Worldview Strategies, Adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia School of Community and Regional Planning, is the founder and innovator of the Finding Home™ neighbourhood dialogue and capacity building program and author of the book Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict from the Inside Out.

A skilled facilitator, trainer, author and speaker. Jessie Sutherland catalyzes and empowers people to do their best work together with exponential and lasting impact. Her goal is to infuse a values-based approach to create corporate, community and educational cultures that foster quality relationships, effective problem solving skills, high levels of engagement and collaboration to generate innovation and achieve a common purpose.

Jessie is fluently bilingual, has over 25 years experience in community relations and engagement; leadership development; conflict resolution; dialogue; and values based decision making processes. In Canada, she has lived and worked in British Columbia, Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and northern Indigenous communities. Worldwide, she has lived and worked in Europe, the Middle East, West Africa and South America.

Jessie Sutherland was nominated for the City of Vancouver’s 2014 Remarkable Women Award, celebrating reconciliation—honouring women who build understanding and empathy between people.

Publications

Sutherland, Jessie. Doorways To Home: Indigenous – Newcomer Neighbourhood Dialogues. Canadian Issues, 2012.

Sutherland, Jessie. Finding Home: Belonging, Connection and Community. A Discussion Paper Vancouver: Simon Fraser University Dialogue Programs, 2007.

Sutherland, Jessie. Finding Home: Belonging, Connection and Community Workbook. Vancouver: Simon Fraser University Dialogue Programs, 2007.

Sutherland, Jessie and Whittington, Barbara. “Re-Thinking Responsibility.” In A Legal Handbook for the Helping Professional, edited by Max Uhlemann and David Turner. Victoria: 2007.

Sutherland, Jessie. Worldview Skills: Transforming Conflict From The Inside Out, Sooke: Worldview Strategies Publications, 2005.

National Day of Healing and Reconciliation Newsletters, issues #1 & 2, (2004), Researcher / Writer. Newsletter issue 1 | Newsletter issue 2.

Institute For Dispute Resolution. First Nations Dispute Resolution Annotated Bibliography, Researcher / Writer, University of Victoria (2003).

Sutherland, Jessie. Colonialism, Crime, and Dispute Resolution: A Critical Analysis of Canada’s Aboriginal Justice Strategy 2002.

Sutherland, Jessie: ‘Moving Beyond Entrenched Positions: A Dialogue for a Pluralistic and Unified Quebec’, Cantilevers, an international journal on peace-building initiatives (Mar 99).

Sutherland, Jessie: ‘A Tale of Campus Violence, A Tale of Resistance’, Kinesis, (Feb 92).

Sutherland, Jessie: ‘NATO jets attack Innu’s Peace’, Gleaner, (Nov 89).