Susan was born, raised and educated in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan where she graduated with a Governor-General’s Medal. She attended university in both Regina and Saskatoon where she received a B. Sc.(1974) and B.Ed. (1978).
She began her working career as a journalist with the Star-Phoenix in Saskatoon She later ran their Newspaper in Education department but continued to work as a freelance writer for many years. She moved to the Meewasin Valley Authority in 1982 where she developed the Beaver Creek Conservation Area and the Meewasin Valley Centre. She was heavily involved in setting up Meewasin’s fundraising potential and was part of the executive group that developed Wanuskewin Heritage Park, and the hugely-popular Meewasin Trail.
She was president and CEO of Tourism Saskatoon for six years until 1997 when Saskatoon became the fastest-growing visitor destination in Canada. She then became the Chief Executive Officer of Meewasin, from which she retired in 2012. During her tenure there Meewasin developed River Landing, Riverworks weir, and a new skating facility. Meewasin was named one of the top four river basin agencies in the world in 2004 and again in 2006 by the Riverfoundation in Brisbane, Australia in a prize competition that has been compared to the Nobel Prize for rivers. Meewasin’s multipurpose trail was called “the best thing to do in Saskatoon” and the Meewasin rink the “Best Outdoor Rink in Canada”. In addition, Susan served as managing partner for the Partners FOR the Saskatchewan River Basin a river stewardship group.
Susan has been a member of numerous community boards and groups including the Saskatchewan Tourism Authority, Saskatoon Foundation, the Saskatoon Airport Authority, the Provincial Advisory Committee on the Economy, an advisor to the Canadian Tourism Commission and chair of the product development committee, the Saskatchewan Watershed Authority Advisory Committee and the Saskatoon Citizens’ Centennial Committee. She chaired a committee to have the South and the Saskatchewan Rivers named a Heritage River. Susan was named YWCA Woman of Distinction in 1995 for her business and community work and received a Saskatchewan Centennial Medal in 2006. She is currently chair of the VIDO/Intervac community liaison committee, a director of the board of the Western Development Museum. She volunteers at Meewasin and continues to work as a freelance writer.
Susan is married to Ron, also originally form Moose Jaw. She likes to swim, take long walks, listen to rock music and drive her 1985 Fiero.