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About ProAct Ideas

ProAct Ideas was established in January 2007 with a mission to bring professional action to innovative ideas for better community engagement and human services for people.

ProAct Ideas provides:

Serving the public and non-profit sectors, communities, neighbourhoods and NGOs.

Susan Taylor Simpson is the Principal and owner of ProAct Ideas. Susan has over thirty years of experience in community development and integrated human service delivery in the public sector.

ProAct Ideas brings professional action to your ideas. Our clients have included:

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About Susan Taylor Simpson

Susan Taylor Simpson is a Principal and owner of ProAct Ideas – a consulting practice with a mission to bring professional action to innovative ideas for better community engagement and human services for people.

Before establishing ProAct Ideas, Susan was a Coach and Senior Associate at Tamarack – An Institute for Community Engagement. At Tamarack Susan worked with foundations, all levels of government, and local and national voluntary organizations to assist them with their specific community engagement efforts.

Before joining Tamarack Susan was the Director of the York Region Human Services Planning Branch for five years. While there she led the development of a Human Services Strategy, making York Region the first municipality in Ontario to have a comprehensive, integrated strategy for the funding and delivery of human services.

During her time at York Region Susan led the process of integrating human services planning with traditional land use planning in one of the fastest growing regions in Canada. The main vehicle for achieving this integration was a collaborative initiative called the Human Services Planning Coalition (HSPC). This collaborative planning body included senior decision-makers (such as the Directors of Education, Police Chief, Executive Directors of the CAS and United Way, hospital Presidents, Mayors and Regional Councillors) as well as front-line workers and community residents.

The HSPC advocated for increased funding for human services and brokered with partners to make more effective use of existing resources. Under Susan’s direction the HSPC documented the extent and impact of under-funding in health care and social services; launched a multi-sector employment recruitment program; sponsored a multi-agency ethno-cultural inclusivity action plan; brokered a multi-sector government relations campaign; forged new partnerships with organizations as diverse as the Advisory Forum on Children, Youth and Families and the Central Region Local Health integration Network.

Susan has over thirty years of experience in community development and integrated human service delivery. She has worked in the fields of mental health, senior citizens, immigrant and settlement support, disabled persons, public health and social services – always with a goal of increasing interdisciplinary learning. Susan has written papers on integrated planning, ingenuity, co-management and sustainable development. She has authored or co-authored several articles for Plan Canada and Canadian Government Executive.

In addition to York Region, Susan’s public sector experience includes work as a program coordinator with the cities of Thunder Bay and Barrie and as a policy and financial analyst with the Ontario Ministry of Community and Social Services.

From 1996 to 1999 Susan visited with and supported Innu communities in Labrador in their efforts to get an impact benefit agreement from Inco for the Voisey’s Bay mine project, to settle land claims and to achieve self-government. Susan was Co-Chair of the York Region Advisory Forum for Children, Youth and Families from 2003 to 2005 and the Chair of the Board for Skills for Change from 2007 to 2009, a Toronto-based non-profit organization that assists foreign-trained professionals enter the Canadian labour force.

Susan has a BA in Political Science from York University; a Masters degree in Public Administration from Queen’s University; is a Registered Professional Planner and Teacher of Adults. In 2012, Susan was certified as a coach with the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation.

Susan lives with her husband Glen in Dundas, Ontario.

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