Susan brought to the Marine Operations Coordinator position a broad and eclectic set of professional experience when she joined BIOS in 2009. Enrolled in the Canadian Military in 1974 as a non commissioned member (NCM), Susan earned her commission and retired as a Lieutenant after 22 years. During her early years in the military she served with the United Nations Peacekeeping Forces in Egypt, was a Basic Recruit Instructor in both the field and classroom, and obtained senior NCM rank in the field of logistics before being awarded a Queen’s Commission in 1985.
Under military sponsorship, Susan attended Carleton University, earning the Ottawa Ladies College and Dr Frederick Wm Charles Mohr Scholarships before graduating magna cum laude with a BA (Honors) Psychology. She trained as a Personnel Selection Officer (aka Military Psychologist), and for the remainder of her military career gained extensive experience in personnel assessment; interviewing; public speaking; human rights issues; harassment training, counseling and investigation; academic advising; stress management; and transition planning.
Susan opted for voluntary early retirement when the military downsized in the mid 90’s and has since completed TESOL training; worked as a Manager and Education Representative with DeVry Institutes of Technology; a Nursing Program Advisor for Athabasca University’s first Collaborative Nursing Degree in partnership with Mount Royal College; a small business office/accounts manager, and as a case interviewer with the Alberta Legal Aid Society.