Susanna Haas Lyons is a public engagement specialist who develops strategy and provides training for better conversations between the public and decision makers. She has over a dozen years international leadership experience in the field of public participation.
Susanna’s work focuses on:
- Developing engagement strategy for governments and other organizations;
- Coaching executives and managers to implement and measure engagement;
- Facilitating complex meetings; and,
- Instructing mid-career professionals to help build their engagement skills.
Bridging online and face-to-face methods, Susanna has worked on some of North America’s largest and most complex citizen engagement projects. Her project repertoire includes work with AmericaSpeaks, a global leader in large-scale public participation, such as bringing together 4,000 existing and displaced residents of post-Katrina New Orleans to create redevelopment plans for the hurricane ravaged city and pioneering an online consultation platform with federal U.S.A agencies. Since 2009, Susanna has been working as an independent consultant for all levels of government, non-profits and the private sector.
Previously, Susanna was project coordinator with the internally recognized British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform, which was shortlisted for the prestigious Mohn Prize for revitalizing democracy.
She is a regular instructor at Simon Fraser University’s Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement, the Justice Institute of British Columbia’s Certificate in Advanced Facilitation and Consultation, and for Alberta Municipal Affairs Public Input Workshops.
Susanna is a Judge for IAP2 Canada’s annual Core Values Awards for innovative public engagement practice and research.
Susanna holds a certificate in public participation from the International Association for Public Participation (IAP2) and an M.A. from the University of British Columbia’s Institute for Resources, the Environment and Sustainability.