Susie launched her career in the association sector at the National Association of Consulting Engineering Companies in 2005. There she quickly rose through the ranks from Coordinator to Vice-President, overseeing government relations, media relations, events, conferences, and membership. She was recruited in 2013 by the Retail Council of Canada, one of Canada’s largest trade associations, as Vice President of Federal Government Relations, head of the Ottawa office, and lead spokesperson for the retail industry on Federal issues in Ottawa.
For three years in a row, Susie has been named one of Canada’s top 100 lobbyists by the Hill Times. In the last two years alone, she has won 5 national awards for the Association’s COVID response, including a Pinnacle Award and a Hospitality Hero award from Kostech Media and two Awards of Excellence from the Canadian Society of Association Executives to name a few.
In her current role, Susie has driven a successful turn-around strategy, building the association’s profile, influence and membership to record levels. Under her leadership, HAC membership has grown by nearly 3000%, and has delivered landslide political wins for the sector.