Susanne is a first-generation Canadian born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario. The daughter of immigrants, Susanne’s work ethic was instilled from an early age from her close-knit family. Her Italian grandparents instilled in her a deep love of Canada, their land of promise and opportunity. They taught her the values of hard work and integrity.
Growing up, her mom would often say: “You can do anything you set your mind to. Shoot for the stars, and even if you miss you’ll land on the moon”.
Susanne took this to heart. She graduated with the Master in Public Administration from Queen’s University. One of her proudest moments was sharing her accomplishment with her grandparents.
After completing her Master’s, Susanne worked hard to become a successful trilingual businesswoman. She has consulted to the federal public sector, to the Alberta public sector, and currently, she consults to the oil and gas industry. She has earned a reputation for being a dedicated, energetic problem-solver with a focused yet collaborative approach to finding solutions.
Her years in Ottawa have given Susanne a unique perspective on the inner workings of government. She understands how our tax dollars work. She has worked with several departments and agencies to reduce costs and to improve services to Canadians. Having consulted to the federal public sector for the majority of her career, she is passionate about public sector reform.
Susanne fell in love with her husband, André-Gilles, while working as a Director at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Shortly after they were married, Susanne set up her own consulting practice and, as a result, understands the challenges, and opportunities, faced by entrepreneurs and small businesses and the role that small businesses play in job creation and economic prosperity.
After commuting to Alberta for 6 months, Susanne and André-Gilles decided to make a permanent move to Calgary. Avid runners and skiers, she and André-Gilles live in Hillhurst with their dog, Otto. They can often be seen running Otto along Memorial drive and in Nose Hill Park.
Both in her work and volunteerism, Susanne is committed to making a difference. She is an active member of her community and community association. Paying homage to her family roots, she volunteers with Immigrant Services Calgary, where she leads workshops and provides mentorship and coaching services to newcomers to Canada.
Susanne believes that our diverse new riding deserves a fresh approach to political office. She is enthusiastic, capable and committed to providing strong, effective representation for the riding of Calgary Confederation.