Susan Peterson d’Aquino held senior positions in the Public Service of Canada from 1981 to 2009. This included four years in the Privy Council Office serving Prime Ministers Pierre Trudeau and Brian Mulroney and sixteen years in the Department of Finance, where as Assistant Deputy Minister, she worked with five successive Ministers of Finance on the Government of Canada’s annual budgets, and spearheaded reforms to stabilize Canada’s public pension system. She then spent eight years with the Department of Canadian Heritage where the Prime Minister of Canada appointed her Associate Deputy Minister. During that time, she served on the board of directors of the Canadian Television Fund.
Susan served for six years on the board of governors of The Banff Centre, as well as on the board of the Glenn Gould Foundation.
She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Arts from Carleton University, and did doctoral work at the University of London, England. She is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School, and the Directors Education Program at the Institute of Corporate Directors/Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto.
Susan and her husband Thomas d’Aquino live in Ottawa. She joined the National Arts Centre Foundation Board of Directors in 2015.