Wayfinder Consulting
Guidance and Solutions

Susan E. Smith

I have been providing strategic and operational leadership to support health care, the life sciences, and communities for almost twenty years. Committed to evidence based practice, I am attuned to identifying opportunities and gaps, and to formulating practical solutions to complex system issues. Building relationships and developing collaborative consensus among diverse groups has been a hallmark of my career.

My expertise in melding cultures and leading the management of change has been developed from practical application: I have guided large-scale physical plant reconstruction and transition projects for clinical departments; developed and implemented models of governance for medical staff of large health authorities; negotiated alternate funding models for diverse groups; developed health human resource plans for multiple health authorities and practitioner groups; and supported the development of innovative life science research proposals.

While the early years of my career were focused in an academic health science setting, my client base now spans rural and urban, academic and community-based.

I offer my clients strong leadership and strategic management expertise, and a unique combination of political and business acumen, people skills, and extensive operational experience in the health care/life sciences environment. My growing cadre of repeat clients assures me that I am bringing value to their organizations.

My formal education includes a BSc (Hons), and an MBA. I am a fellow of both the Canadian College of Health Service Executives and the Canadian Health Service Research Foundation EXTRA Program.

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