Suzanne Wilcox has experience working in non-profit and corporate settings. She’s been around NetGain since 1997 and enjoys the fresh approach that the firm takes with each and every client. She often refers to Nelson Mandela’s (and recently repeated by Spicy P) words for inspiration: “It always seems impossible until it’s done.”
After graduating from Princeton University, Suzanne worked in Marketing and Development at several US arts organizations, including the American Dance Festival and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. She earned a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School before working in research, project management, and client relations for the Toronto sponsorship agency, Arts & Communications.
She was then recruited by Air Canada where she worked in Marketing managing the opening of the then “new” Air Canada Centre as well as AC’s cultural and community sponsorship portfolio. In 2001, she embarked on a new corporate adventure at the newly independent Aeroplan, where she looked after the successful CIBC Aerogold VISA and Diners Club credit card programs.
As a freelance consultant, Suzanne enjoys getting to know a variety of clients, helping them with Strategic Planning and Fundraising. Recent projects completed with NetGain include compiling MOCA Toronto’s Cultural Spaces grant, which raised over $5.5million for the museum’s new home on Sterling Road, as well as business planning for Akin Collective and Akin Projects, Toronto’s largest provider of affordable studio spaces for artists. She spent three years working with Junior Achievement of Central Ontario (JACO), increasing individual giving to the organization 134% in that time. She was critical in securing a $500,000 gift to JACO, the largest single gift ever to the organization.
Currently, she is working with Regent Park’s Centre of Learning & Development in its campaign to develop and fund a new space for its growing social enterprises, the Regent Park Catering Collective and Regent Park Sewing Studio.
Suzanne loves the variety of her clients – from Canada’s major dance archives, Dance Collection Dance, to an old opera house in Port Hope, to the City of Toronto’s Business Incubation and Commercialization program. She relishes talking with people about new ideas (lots of talking), and research and proposal writing for individual, corporate, government and foundation donor audiences.
When not working, Suzanne hangs out with her family, swims, dances, and tends the weeds in her “garden”. She used to be a mime but decided the rope and the wall could only get her so far.
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