Whether it’s been on trade delegations to Asia helping green tech companies close those all-important first deals in new markets, or forging alliances to address climate change through the Global Compact of Mayors, Mike is as comfortable on the global stage as he is on the main street of any city.
Working with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson as his Chief of Staff through three successive terms, he was instrumental in crafting and implementing the strategies, partnerships and agendas that have made the city a global leader in sustainability and civic innovation – recognized by the World Economic Forum as the world’s greenest city.
Since leaving the mayor’s office in 2016, Mike has been at the forefront of an international network of senior decision-makers, grappling with the risks and opportunities of the changing urban agenda around the world.
Suzanne has coached a wide array of not-for-profit and business leaders across the USA and Canada, and helped organizations develop effective, engaging programs to foster their next generation of leadership. She has helped those organizations achieve new levels of resilience and focus with initiatives around strategic planning and team effectiveness. And she has supported them in working skilfully across differences, finding new internal strength—and external alliances—through a deeper understanding and practice of equity and inclusion.
Suzanne co-founded Canada’s first non-profit communications training and service centre, and has worked extensively in public engagement and consultation. She is the sole Canadian trainer with the acclaimed Rockwood Leadership Institute, and holds a Master’s Degree in resource and environmental management. She is also a Dialogue Associate with Simon Fraser University, and an instructor and co-designer in the Executive Leadership certificate programs of both Simon Fraser University and Booth University.