Susan Black – Keynote Speaker

CEO, The Conference Board of Canada

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Specialist Subjects

  • Closing the Talent Gap
  • Transformation and the Future of Work
  • How employers can navigate the new hybrid workplace
  • To Overcome "Wicked Problems" Lean Into Inspirational Leadership
  • The power of attraction - How The Conference Board of Canada leverages data & engagement to empower employees


  • English


Susan Black is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada’s leading independent applied research organization. Since 2018, she has led a successful transformation at The Conference Board of Canada and has focused its efforts on providing rigorous research insights to Canadians across nine knowledge areas.

Susan Black has over 30 years’ experience across sectors and industries. As President of Catalyst Canada, CHRO at Intact Financial and SVP, People at Holt Renfrew, Susan has dedicated her career to advocating for inclusive environments, stronger employee engagement, and opportunities for women in the workplace.

Susan Black believes in the power of people and expanding her horizon on a daily basis.

Susan holds a BA from Yale, has an MBA from Harvard, and obtained a PhD in organizational studies from York University.

“At CBoC, we have a responsibility to inform Canadians. We have to equip them with integrated and independent research enabling them to tackle society’s greatest challenges. It is inspiring to lead a team of inquisitive, entrepreneurial and bright minds, whose insightful work has a meaningful impact on Canada’s future. I learn from them every single day.”

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