B.Comm, 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. Susan began her career as a financial auditor with KPMG in Toronto and Brussels, and then complemented her business education with graduate studies in natural resource management at SFU. Since founding Solsticeworks in 1997, Susan has worked through consulting and training to elevate organizations’ environmental and social sustainability practices and to embed sustainability in strategy and risk management.
Before there were standards for corporate sustainability reporting, Susan drew on her accounting background to formulate approaches to measuring and reporting corporate environmental and social performance. As standards emerged, she founded a training initiative to improve corporate reporting. She has advised leading reporters in the Financial, Retail, Transportation, Energy and Natural Resources sectors, among others. She served as lead judge for sustainability reporting in the CPA Canada Corporate Reporting Awards for three years.
In recent years, Susan has focused on building organizational capacity to address the impacts of climate change, including through natural capital solutions. Since 2015 she has developed and delivered training to more than 500 Canadian professional accountants, empowering them to address climate change in their organizations and with clients. Susan is also a Visiting Instructor in the Beedie School of Business teaching undergraduate courses in sustainability management. She has co-written two teaching cases about climate change adaptation.
Susan is especially interested in ecosystem based strategies for community and organizational resilience. She prepared a natural capital inventory for the District of West Vancouver that was the basis for a Council approved recommendation to support natural capital stewardship. She is also active in her profession to advance thinking about natural assets. She was a co-sponsor of a submission to the Public Sector Accounting Discussion Group on Accounting for Urban Forests.
Susan also serves on the Board of Douglas College, including as Chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.