Public Servant in Residence
Dr. Susan Drodge
A graduate of Memorial University, Susan Drodge is the Director General of Policy, Advocacy and Coordination with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency in St. John’s.
After graduating with her Ph.D. in English in 1995, Susan taught English at Memorial University in Corner Brook and in St. John’s before transitioning to a career in policy with the federal public service in Ottawa. She has held a number of positions within the Government of Canada both in Ottawa and in Atlantic Canada, including serving as Senior Policy Advisor for the Atlantic Region of Canadian Heritage and Chair of the Federal Council Policy Committee, comprised of senior policy practitioners in NL. In her current position with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), Susan is responsible for leading policy research and analysis on complex economic development issues, providing strategic intelligence and advice to ACOA’s Minister and senior officials, and leading ACOA’s engagement with public policy stakeholders in NL.
From September 1, 2015 to August 31, 2016, Susan will serve as the first Public Servant in Residence with the School of Graduate Studies at MUN, working with university stakeholders to build strategic networks involving federal representatives and resources and to increase awareness of federal government priorities, processes, and mechanisms.