Q: What is your motto?
Sue: Life is about those around you, not you.
Q: Where is your favorite B.C. destination?
Sue: Whistler of course.
Q: What’s the best advice you have ever gotten?
Sue: Don’t run for public office, you can be more effective working and influencing in community.
Q: What kind of music do you listen to?
Sue: Jazz and blues.
Q: Your favorite author is…
Sue: Alice Monroe.
Q: What was your favourite subject in high school?
Q: What was your career aspiration when you were 20? How close did you get?
Sue: To be an art teacher, I am now Vice Chair of the Audain Art Museum Board of Trustees. While I didn’t work directly in the art field, I have always maintained my interest and support for the arts.
Q: The best thing I did or the most important experience I had - to help prepare me for my career was…
Sue: Trained as an Occupational Therapist and worked for 10 years in Psychiatry. I learned the importance of systems, communication and what motivates people.
Q: What is the best business book you’ve ever read?
Sue: Good to Great, Jim Collins.
Q: What is the most rewarding part of being an entrepreneur?
Sue: Following my passions, learning something new every day, assisting others to be successful.
Q: What was the best decision you’ve made in your working life?
Sue: To become a serial entrepreneur.
Q: What are the most important character traits for being a successful entrepreneur?
Sue: Solid business acumen, surround yourself with smart people and be willing to include them in your journey, seek everyday learning opportunities and apply learnings to your business. Constantly review your business plan, strategy and results.
Q: If there was just one thing government could do to support entrepreneurship what would it be?
Sue: Celebrate and recognize successful entrepreneurs at all levels.
Q: What is the thing that most entrepreneurs tend to overlook that they should be most focused on?
Sue: The financial management of their businesses.
Q: What is the biggest challenge being an entrepreneur in today’s economy and rapidly changing technological environment?
Sue: Knowing when to change course or adapt product or service.
Q: What do you think the three most important attributes are in a leader?
Sue: Strategic thinker, good communicator, lifelong learner.
Q: What is one piece of advice you would offer to an entrepreneur who is setting up their business for the first time?
Sue: A solid business plan that includes viable financial goals. Understanding of the personal reasons for and rewards that you want from the venture – build solid business acumen.