Dr. Susan Black

CEO of the Conference Board of Canada

Century Initiative
Expert Panel Member


Susan Black joined the Conference Board of Canada in 2018 as its CEO with a mandate to elevate and advance Canada’s leading  applied research organization. Under her leadership CBoC  focuses on researching the wicked problems Canada’s leaders  face in areas such as the economy, education and immigration.  She is committed to delivering CBoC’s research insights to  Canadians in ways that are accessible and plain spoken. 

Susan’s career experiences span sectors and industries. She brought Catalyst to Canada in 2000 and as President grew it into  the nation’s leading research organization championing women in  the workplace. During her tenure as CHRO at Intact Financial and  at Holt Renfrew she was a relentless champion of progressive  talent practices, inclusive environments, and stronger employee  engagement. Currently, Susan sits on the Board of Directors at  Gore Mutual Insurance Company. She holds a BA from Yale, an MBA from Harvard and a PhD from York University.