Community Leader
Entrepreneur, Politician, Diplomat
Philanthropic Fundraiser, Author
Proud Sponsor of HMCS WINNIPEG
Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Winnipeg
Order of Manitoba 2016

Susan Thompson is a well-known and highly regarded leader. She is a proud Winnipegger, a proud Manitoban and a proud Canadian.

With a wealth of experience and a highly engaging personality, Susan is a mentor for all those who know her. She believes in reaching for her dreams and is a strong proponent of achieving the impossible.

Susan was a business leader and entrepreneur over a 15-year period as business owner of Birt Saddlery, located in downtown Winnipeg.

Susan led the City of Winnipeg through two terms as the Mayor.

In 1994, she became the proud lifetime sponsor of HMCS WINNIPEG.

She has served as a diplomat as the Consul General for Canada, Minneapolis.

As the founding President and CEO of The University of Winnipeg Foundation, she provided a high level of commitment to her community.

She continued her commitment to her community as Executive Consultant for the Winnipeg Art Gallery to help raise $70 million for the WAG’s exciting new Inuit Art Centre.

In July 2020, Susan became the Coordinator of the Opening of the Inuit Art Centre, Qaumajuq. On March 25 and 26, 2021, the Virtual Opening occurred to 55,000 viewers worldwide and on March 27th the doors of the Centre were physically opened to 5,000 visitors in the first 5 days.

Susan has served on boards and committees locally, provincially, and nationally throughout her career.

  • As Mayor, Susan managed a city budget of 1.2 billion, over 10,000 employees and 9 unions. She led the City of Winnipeg through the largest crisis the city had faced in 100 years, known as the 1997 Flood of the Century.
  • In her role as The Canadian Consul General in Minneapolis, she served an eight-state territory consisting of 15 million people and $32 billion in Canada-US trade.
  • As President and CEO of The University of Winnipeg Foundation, Susan managed a $38 million Endowment Fund, stewarded over 7,600 donors and on September 16, 2011, successfully completed a $80 million Capital Campaign, raising a total of $135 million for the University of Winnipeg.

Susan is a trailblazer and inspiration to women everywhere. She was the first woman to own her family business, the first woman Rotarian in Manitoba, the first woman Mayor of Winnipeg (it only took 118 years), and the first woman Consul General at the Canadian Consulate in Minneapolis. She was the first President of the Urban Idea Centre in Winnipeg and Founding President and CEO of the University of Winnipeg Foundation.

Entrepreneur, politician, diplomat, fundraiser, storyteller… Meet “the one and only” Susan A. Thompson