BCom, MRM, CPA, CA
Susan Todd is the President of Solstice Sustainability Works Inc. and a trusted advisor to business, government and not-for-profit organizations. She is a valuable resource to innovators, working at the leading edge of several intertwined issues – sustainability and ESG, climate change readiness, and natural capital accounting.
Susan began her career as a financial auditor for KPMG in Toronto and Brussels, and completed her Masters in Natural Resource Management at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Since founding Solsticeworks in 1997, she has worked through consulting and training to elevate and embed sustainability, and improve environment, social and governance (ESG) disclosures. Susan is recognized as a Canadian pioneer in sustainability reporting, from her independent audit of Vancity’s 1997 Social Report to the founding of the first North American training program in sustainability assurance. Her clients include companies from the financial, natural resource, retail, transportation, food, and tourism sectors.
Susan also works with municipalities to develop strategic approaches to sustainability. Sustainability strategies for the City of Burnaby and the Township of Langley have both won planning awards. She is especially interested in ecosystem based strategies for community and organizational resilience. Her natural capital inventory for the District of West Vancouver was the basis for a Council approved recommendation to support natural capital stewardship. She worked closely with the Secwépemc Restoration and Stewardship Society and ecological economists to produce a natural capital valuation of the lands burned in the massive Elephant Hill wildfire.
Susan is committed to sustainability education and development at all career stages. In 2003 she founded The Accountability Project (TAP) to deliver sustainability management and reporting training based on global standards. TAP trained more than 500 managers and executives from six continents. She developed and delivered professional training in sustainability or climate change for CPA Canada, the Association for Mineral Exploration, the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens, and leading universities in Alberta, B.C. and Ontario. Since 2017, Susan has also taught undergraduates as a sessional instructor for two sustainability courses in SFU’s Beedie School of Business.
Susan is an active volunteer in her profession. She served as lead judge for sustainability reporting in the CPA Canada Corporate Reporting Awards for three years and on CPA Canada’s Sustainability Advisory Board for five. She currently serves on the Implementation Committee for the Canadian Sustainability Standards Board.
Susan also serves on the Board of Douglas College, including three years as Chair of the Audit, Finance and Investment Committee.