HAC President

Susie Grynol
President
Hotel Association of Canada

Susie Grynol is an accomplished, dynamic association executive with over 12 years of experience in managing complex industry issues and delivering successful political outcomes.

Susie graduated in 2005 from the University of Ottawa with a degree in Politics and History and went on to achieve a Professional Designation in Association Management in 2010.

In 2005, Susie launched her career in the association sector as a Coordinator of Government Relations at the National Association of Consulting Engineering Companies. There she quickly rose through the ranks to become Vice President where she pioneered their first ever Parliament Advocacy Day, an event that has become a cornerstone of their advocacy program, and one that consistently delivers political traction. She also launched a young professionals program, ran several PR campaigns and an advocacy strategy that saw record infrastructure funding for the sector.

In 2013, Susie joined the Retail Council of Canada as Vice President of Federal Government Relations, head of the Ottawa office and lead spokesperson in Ottawa on federal issues. It was as this time that Susie worked with Canada’s largest retail companies bringing legislative and policy solutions to some of the industry’s most complex international trade and labour portfolios.

Susie has received multiple awards of recognition for both academic and professional performance. In 2010 she was named Valedictorian of her Certified Association Executive Program, has won national awards for her work on advocacy issue campaigns, two Programs of the Year awards from the Canadian Society of Association Executives and was honoured with the Chairman’s Award for Exceptional Contribution to the Consulting Engineering Industry.

An avid volunteer, Susie served as the 2014 elected President of the Canadian Society of Association Executives National Chapter and is currently a member of the Government Relations Institute of Canada.

Susie joined the Hotel Association of Canada as President in the fall of 2016 with a mandate to bolster the Association’s profile, streamline its advocacy objectives and build winning strategies.