Susan is the Principal of Solsticeworks, Founder of The Accountability Project, and a trusted advisor to business, government and not-for-profit organizations. Previously she managed financial audits for KPMG in Toronto and Brussels. For more than twenty years she has worked through consulting and training to elevate the practices of sustainability reporting and stakeholder engagement, and to embed sustainability in organizational strategy. Her clients span public, private and not-for-profit sectors and a wide variety of industries, including mining, energy, retail, finance, transportation and tourism.
Her recent focus is on building organizational capacity to address the impacts of climate change. Susan helped develop training materials and has led training sessions for accountants on climate change adaptation in BC, Ontario and PEI. She also contributed to a SFU-ACT literature review on climate change adaptation for the Port of Vancouver.
A related focus area is natural capital, specifically the opportunity to use natural assets, including living green infrastructure, as part of a low carbon resilience strategy for communities and businesses. She is a Natural Capital Lab “innovator”.
Susan is an active volunteer in her profession. She is a member of the Sustainability Advisory Board of CPA Canada. Since 2014 she has led a judging panel for sustainability reporting in CPA Canada’s Corporate Reporting Awards. She was a co-sponsor of a submission to the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group on accounting for urban forests.
Susan is a visiting lecturer in SFU’s Beedie School of Business teaching Sustainable Operations. She was also part of the faculty of UBC’s Summer Institute in Sustainability Leadership for several years.