Susan Pigott is a trained nurse and social worker who has enjoyed a 35 year long career in health and social services mostly in Toronto but also with two years in Australia and one in Papua New Guinea. Trained as a nurse at the Wellesley Hospital in Toronto, Susan also has a B.A.from the University of Western Ontario as well as an M.S.W from the University of Toronto. She worked for 10 years as a front line nurse in emergency medicine and mental health. Subsequently, Susan has held a number of senior positions in a variety of social service organizations including Family Service Toronto (Director of Communications and Social Action for 9 years), United Way of Greater Toronto (VP Allocations, Acting President and VP Fundraising over 9 years) and St. Christopher House (CEO for 9 years). In 2013 she stepped down after seven years from her position as Vice President of Communication and Community Engagement at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. Since then Susan served as Executive in Residence at Ashoka Canada (2013/14) and is currently on contract at MaRS.
Susan has been active in a number of public policy initiatives including the Ontario Citizens Assembly on Electoral Reform where she was the lead for Citizen Engagement and she co-chaired the Taskforce on Modernizing Income Security for Working Age Adults. She was also a member of the Drummond Commission on the Reform of Ontario Public Services. Currently Susan is the Chair of the Provincial Mental Health and Addiction Leadership Advisory Committee.
Susan has been an active volunteer serving as a Board member for many organizations including the following: Toronto Community Foundation, Social Enterprise Innovation and Development, Tides Foundation, Sickkids, and Soulpepper Theatre. Currently Susan is a Board member of the LCBO and Artscape and is Chair of The Change Foundation.