Amanda Sussman

Author, Speaker and Strategist

As featured on:

CBC and Global News

Professional Biography

Amanda Sussman is a Canadian author, speaker and expert strategist. As the founder of the Art of the Possible Consulting, she has spent over 10 years working with individuals, organizations and governments to transform idealism into action to realize tangible results. Author of The Art of the Possible: A Handbook for Political Activism (2007), Amanda’s detailed method for working within democracy to achieve major change is proven to secure policy change with Prime Ministers, Cabinet Ministers, major multilateral and non-governmental organizations.

To this effect, Amanda has worked with dozens of organizations in Canada and around the world such as: The Global Partnership for Education, The Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Plan International Canada, and The Canadian Cancer Society, among others. This work has been featured in national news outlets such as: CBC/Radio-Canada, CTV and Global Television, the Hill Times, the Huffington Post, and the Toronto Star.

Amanda has been a guest speaker at numerous forums including: TEDxToronto, the Global Citizens Forum, Youth for Gender Equality, Results Canada, and the Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Replenishment conference in 2017. She was guest lecturer for five years on advocacy and policy change at the University of Toronto International Human Rights Law Program.

Early in her career, Amanda was the senior advisor on human rights issues to federal Cabinet Ministers in the Canadian government, including Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister of Foreign Affairs. Her background includes extensive experience in human rights advocacy with organizations from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, to the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Amanda Sussman was a key strategist behind the global initiative for girls’ rights known as Because I am a Girl. For Plan International Canada, she led two successful G7 campaigns that leveraged billions of dollars for global education and health in the developing world. In this role, she also drove the successful effort to create a UN International Day of the Girl and Canada’s first national strategy to prevent and respond to gender-based violence.

A subject matter expert in her field, Amanda was a parliamentary witness to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development on the G8 and G20 in 2010. She received a Bachelor of Arts, Joint Honours, from McGill University (1995) and a Master of Arts in International Relations and International Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington D.C (1998). Amanda lives in Toronto, Ontario.