Suzanne Hawkes is a management consultant, leadership trainer and facilitator. She has supported organizational planning and change initiatives across the US and Canada for over 20 years. Her vision: a diverse cross-sectoral network of powerful, collaborative, service-oriented leaders working across difference to achieve transformational change.
She is a principal with Convergence Strategies, based in Vancouver, Canada, and the sole Canadian trainer with the Rockwood Leadership Institute, home of the USA’s largest multi-day transformational leadership training program for social change leaders. There, she co-facilitates leadership training fellowships on Racial Justice and Human Rights, LGBTQ advocacy, the SEIU and Arts and Culture. She is also an associate of InPartnership Consulting, based in Oakland, California, with a focus on organizational effectiveness, equity and inclusion. Suzanne is also a co-designer and instructor for Simon Fraser University’s Certificate Program in Executive Leadership and a Dialogue Associate with SFU’s Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue.
Suzanne supports clients from a range of sectors, including academia, health, government, sustainability, equity and inclusion, and the arts. They include Change.org, the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver Coastal Health, the Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Simon Fraser University, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Mountain Equipment Co-Op, the David Suzuki Foundation, Wilburforce Foundation, W.K. Kellog Foundation, Tides Foundation, Advancement Project and the Nature Conservancy. Suzanne’s work also focuses on civic and political engagement. Clients include the Town of Smithers; the City of Surrey, and the former the Washington, DC-based Center for Progressive Leadership. Suzanne has provided ongoing strategic planning and facilitation support to Vision Vancouver, Canada’s largest municipal party, since it formed in 2005.
Suzanne has an Honour’s Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo, and a Master’s degree in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University; both focused on Indigenous and community-led resource conservation. She has studied for several years with master Facilitator and leadership trainer Robert Gass (Social Transformation Project), and is an alumni with the Art of Transformational Consulting and Dr. Julie Diamond’s year-long intensive in Deep Democracy: Micro-skills of Leadership, Collaboration and Facilitating Collective Change. She has also studied with Diane Hamilton (10 Directions – Integral Facilitation). Suzanne is certified to lead the Interpersonal Leadership Styles survey, and the Diamond Power Index Leadership Assessment.
Before joining Convergence, Suzanne was a co-founder of IMPACS Communications Centre, the first non-profit communications training and services centre in Canada. There, she trained emerging communication leaders across Canada and overseas, and led several re-branding initiatives with national organizations such as the Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and EcoJustice.
She sits on the Board of Animals of Distinction, a Montreal-based contemporary dance company, loves running – slowly – and is wildly enthusiastic about martial arts movies and science fiction. She lives with multi-generational, blended family in Vancouver, Canada.
Suzanne is a member of Unifor’s Freelance Union.
She can be contacted at: hawkes [at] convergecom.ca