Susan Eng is Vice President for Advocacy at CARP, the national, non-partisan, non-profit organization committed to advocating for social change that will bring financial security, equitable access to health care and freedom from discrimination for all Canadians as we age.
Under Susan’s leadership, CARP Advocacy has helped to shape the public discourse on key issues such as pension reform, investor protection, mandatory retirement, workplace age discrimination, home care and age friendly cities. Increasingly, CARP has become a trusted source of public policy input at all levels of government and the media. In 2012, Susan was named one of the The Hill Times’ Top 100 Lobbyists.
Many will recall Susan as the former Chair of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Services Board from 1991 to 1995. In this role, Susan tackled sensitive issues of public accountability, police use of force, anti-racism, fiscal responsibility, and initiated groundbreaking policy and organizational changes.
More recently, as co-chair of the Ontario Coalition of Chinese Head Tax Payers and Families and along with other redress groups across the country, Susan successfully campaigned for a Parliamentary apology and redress for 62 years of legislated racism under the Head Tax and Exclusion Acts.
A longtime and prominent contributor to the community, Susan has worked with the Urban Alliance on Race Relations, the YWCA of Greater Toronto and the founding national executive of the Chinese Canadian National Council. Susan helped to found the Yee Hong Centre for Geriatric Care and served on its board for most of its 20 year history. The lessons learned from that involvement and her current contact with the Centre inform her work with CARP.
Susan was elected for three successive terms to the Governing Council of the University of Toronto and received the Arbor Award for her voluntary service to the University.
Susan takes a non-ideological, innovative approach and brings to the role, the knowledge, expertise and public policy acumen she gained as a former tax lawyer, prominent activist and frequent media commentator.
With a successful track record in securing public policy change, a remarkable ability to build consensus among diverse parties and profound experience in ensuring that public institutions fully address the real needs of a modern diverse society, Susan will continue to give CARP a stronger voice and a broader reach.