As far as I’m concerned, Susan pretty well invented strategic lobbying in this country. Start to take it easy Susan – you’ve earned it!

Pat Gossage
President, Media Profile
Former Press Secretary to Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau

A quarter of a century in business ... and you look so young!

My warmest congratulations on a wonderful achievement: a great company with a wonderful group of people ... and we all know that great people make great companies. Through your leadership and dedication you were able to build such a group and we are all proud of you

Luc Sabbatini
President, Astral Media Outdoor

On behalf of PepsiCo Canada we want to extend to you our warmest wishes as you celebrate a remarkable twenty-five years of service to Canadian industry. You have and continue to provide timely, sound, and business-oriented advice to our organization that helps us work effectively with government every day. We have long valued our relationship with SAMCI and with you, Susan. We know your motto is that SAMCI is more than friends in high places; however we are very grateful to count you amongst our friends. We wish you continued success as you celebrate this important milestone.

Marc Guay
Frito Lay Canada
Dave Burwick

My involvement with this remarkable woman, Susan Murray, relates to her philanthropic activities. We worked together on raising funds for the National Ballet School and we are currently working on funding for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation.

It is my great pleasure, Susan, to have got to know you and to be inspired by your wisdom and love of life.

All the best, Susan, in celebrating the 25th anniversary of the founding of your firm.

Purdy Crawford
Counsel, Osler, Hoskin, Harcourt, LLP
Chancellor Emeritus, Mount Allison University

Congratulations on a quarter-century of great achievement. No one in this country does better at what you do. You are the best - and you are fun to be with

Rt. Hon. John Turner
Former Prime Minister of Canada
Partner, Miller Thomson, LLP

I have had the pleasure of working with SAMCI for many years on various projects. The professionalism and expertise of SAMCI in guiding us through the process were key to our success in our many projects. SAMCI knows the right MPs and MPPs and other business executives that we needed to meet with in business situations, and in social settings.

Working with SAMCI was a pleasure. They became an indispensable partner and carried out our projects with the same passion as if they had been their own.
I would definitely continue to utilize the services of the SAMCI team, and would highly recommend their services to anyone.

Steve Tennant
Convenience Food Development
VivaCorp Properties Inc.

Susan has played a transformative role in her industry. Her high standards of integrity and ethics combined with a completely client-centred approach have changed the way people in the GR field do business.

Stephen Probyn
President, Probyn & Company

You and SAMCI pioneered in two distinct fields. You took government relations out of the backrooms and into the boardrooms, to establish it as a reputable and valuable service to Canadian business. And you did this at a time — the early 1980s — when very few women had access to
those corporate boardrooms, and even fewer were CEOs themselves.

In fact, you and your example influenced my own decision to go into partnership with Stephen Probyn and launch the first of our "green power" companies in 1989 — great and life-changing events for us both.

Congratulations on SAMCI's 25th Anniversary, and wishing you all the very best for many more decades to come.

Dr. Barbara Eastman
The Probyn Group

SAMCI has been instrumental in getting the Ontario masonry industry the kind of Queen’s Park exposure it needs. We finally feel as though we are establishing a place at the table.

Frank Buck
Vice President, Sales & Marketing, Northern Region
Hanson Brick Ltd.
Former President, MasonryWorx

I am pleased to join with many others and acknowledge the great contribution that Susan Murray has made both in a personal sense and with her very excellent organization. She has contributed much, as has her organization, to public policy issues and the improvement of policy issues over these many years.

I have known Susan for a substantial amount of time, as I think she was 25 when I first met her. She has also collected one of the finest collections of folk art in the province, and she has shared it with so many others. Once again, Susan, congratulations and best wishes for continued success.

Hon. William Davis
Premier of Ontario
1971 – 1985

Susan, Congratulations on your 25th. I well remember our
lunch at the Albany Club. when SAMCI was just a gleam in your eye.

Borden & Carter Purcell

Susan wraps her powerful connections and strategic focus in a delicate, highly refined package: soft-spoken, elegant and ladylike, she has an unerring sense of quality - evidenced in everything from her superb collection of folk art to the array of friends and associates who have benefited from her knowledge and advice. SAMCI is a tribute to her abilities, her tenacity, and her vision.

Dr. Anne Golden
President and CEO
Conference Board of Canada
Former President and CEO
United Way of Greater Toronto

You have mastered the recipe. Take an unusual vision, add lots of smarts, a dollop of modesty, a tonne of tenacity and mix it with plenty of principled philanthropy. What you get is an outstanding Canadian! Congratulations from your proud friend and fan.

Christine Hart
Former Minister of Culture and Communication, Ontario

Susan is kind with people and she is kind with her time and her resources in supporting a variety of important non-profit organizations; she is always supportive of colleagues, friends and clients.

You can always count on Susan to make a decision – frequently difficult decisions - but decisions are only made after engagement with all appropriate individuals about the issues at hand.

She is one of the most energetic individuals I have the pleasure to know. Committed to principles and committed to doing what is right, she is simply a wonderful person.

Bruce Richmond
Vice Chair, Deloitte & Touche LLP
Chair, Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Warm congratulations on 25 years in the business. You are a true pro in a field that requires integrity and good judgment to serve both the public interest and the interest of clients. I always felt you were careful never to ask what couldn't be done, and determined to find solutions that could work for everyone. I wish you well for the next 25!

Hon. Bob Rae
Premier of Ontario
1990 - 1995
Partner, Goodmans LLP

Congratulations on completing 25 years! This is not an easy
task in a very competitive industry during a period of rapid change in all areas. Upper Lakes will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next month, and if our history is any indication the first quarter century was the most exciting, the most risky, and the most challenging period in the history of our company.

We have worked successfully with SAMCI on several projects over the years, and are pleased to be associated with such a fine group. Under Susan’s extraordinary leadership, the company has established an outstanding reputation for integrity and commitment to the interests of its clients.

Jack Leitch
Upper Lakes Group

SAMCI 25 years old – I thought you were only 25! It’s a
great tribute to yourown integrity, energy and ability that SAMCI has grown no matter what political and economic changes have taken place.

Congratulations and here’s to another 25 years.

John Tory
Leader of the Official Opposition, Ontario
Former President and CEO, Rogers Cable

Congratulations on the 25th anniversary of your founding of SAMCI. As one of your clients, I can say that you’ve done a great job ensuring that the right doors were opened, your clients’ points of view were presented with integrity and honesty, and they were given a fair hearing. One can ask for no more! My very best wishes for continued success.

John Campbell
President and CEO
Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corp.
Former President
Brookfield Ventures Ltd.

Congratulations on SAMCI's 25th anniversary! This is a
most noteworthy milestone. Your vision has proven to be viable and sustainable throughout the years. The strategic approach to lobbying initiatives always appealed to me.
We first met through my contacts in Australia on a referral from their Canadian confrere when I returned to Canada to restore Household's operations to profitability and to launch an initiative to become a Schedule 2 bank in Canada in the early 90s.

Later, you were of great support in helping me facilitate the re-structuring of Canadian capital markets while I was at the VSE in the late 90s. Then we had a little fun with credit-union-land when I was fixing Datawest for Daryl.
Over the years, business relationships were important to me in fulfilling our objectives. Effectiveness was always a key criterion for evaluating outside service providers but I believe that my confidence was based on trust and competence - true value!

Susan, you were also a true friend whom I value most highly. Your support was a call away and I always appreciated your enthusiastic optimism. So, congratulations on achieving this important milestone, which I hope is very satisfying to you personally. With warmest personal regards,

Mike Johnson

Susan Murray is indeed a unique individual. She has all of the qualities that are required to make such a great success with any commitment that she undertakes i.e. the founding, nurturing and growing SAMCI for the past 25 years. Mazel-Tov & Best Wishes, Susan, for another 25 years

Joey and Toby Tannenbaum

What a remarkable achievement your 25 years of building SAMCI represents! You have earned and retained the respect of countless clients, colleagues, and friends. I am pleased to be among the many well-wishers and admirers who congratulate you on a quarter century of success. May the future of SAMCI and its founder be just as triumphant as its storied past.

Helen Burstyn
Chair, Ontario Trillium Foundation

Bravo. Hats off to you. Congratulations on the 25th anniversary of SAMCI. First of all, how could someone as YOUNG as you have been in business for 25 years. Did you found SAMCI when you were 15?

Not only have you successfully built a thriving business, you have shared your leadership skills with many non-profit and philanthropic endeavours.

The National Ballet School was one of those fortunate organizations to benefit from your exceptional leadership. From all of us, sincere congratulations and good wishes go out to you as you celebrate SAMCI's 25th.

Wallace & Margaret McCain
Chair, Maple Leaf Foods
Chair, National Ballet School

I want to add my sincere congratulations to those of your colleagues and friends on the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of SAMCI. Over the past quarter century, you have been a leader in the government relations industry. SAMCI has won a reputation for its effectiveness on behalf of its clients, and it has provided an important bridge between government and the private sector.

On a personal level, I remain grateful for the assistance your firm provided when I was Minister of National Health and Welfare. SAMCI contributed greatly to our ability to provide extraordinary financial assistance to haemophiliacs and others who had contacted HIV through the blood system. You have good reason to be proud of your achievements since 1982, but I am convinced that they are only a precursor to an even brighter future for you and for the firm.

Hon. Perrin Beatty
President and CEO
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Former President and CEO
Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters
Former Minister of National Health and Welfare

You are recognized across the country as a successful entrepreneur, respected professional, community leader and an innovative thinker. For 25 years, you have provided sound guidance and a thoughtful, valued perspective. You have a legacy to be proud of and many accomplishments to celebrate. Congratulations!

M. Elyse Allan
President and CEO
General Electric Canada
Former President
Toronto Board of Trade

SAMCI has provided me with superb strategic counsel and government relations support for several years. I consistently receive excellent results in a timely manner, so SAMCI has become my GR firm of choice.

Robert Kulik, Director
Government Relations and Market Access
EMD Serono Canada Inc.

For those of us who have had the pleasure and frustration of working in the fascinating field of government relations, Susan has been a beacon of achievement. That she not only founded a company, sustaining SAMCI through a turbulent twenty-five-and-counting years, but also that she did so in the – unfortunately lonely – position as a female leader in the field, makes her success all the more remarkable.

Like so many women, she did not let her professional drive and dedication interfere with her busy and vital roles both as a volunteer in our community and a mentor to others.

Susan’s accomplishments are many – in provincial and federal government relations – and her leadership is a gift to the government relations industry and to the community as a whole.

I wish her all the best as she marks this extraordinary milestone in her career and look forward to the pioneering accomplishments still to come.

Hershell Ezrin, CEO
Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy
Former President, GPC Canada

Susan, congratulations on SAMCI’s 25th anniversary! As one of your earliest clients, I want to thank you for assisting IBC in achieving many successes in Ontario in the past and for providing a framework that is reflected to this day in our approach to working with governments across Canada. Your commitment to finding multi-stakeholder solutions focused on achieving the greatest public good has proven to be a winning approach. Best wishes!

Stan Griffin
Former President and CEO
Insurance Bureau of Canada

Congratulations, Susan, on the 25th anniversary of SAMCI. You have stuck to your values over these many years, and it is hardly surprisingly that your counsel and expertise are highly valued by clients across the country. Congratulations to you and SAMCI on your many achievements and best wishes for continued success!

Philip Olsson, Chair
Liquor Control Board of Ontario

Although we worked together only briefly I enjoyed very much getting to know you and your associates at SAMCI. You are consummate professionals and have demonstrated this time and again with your successes over the past 25 years. Congratulations on building a great company and achieving a significant milestone in your ongoing journey.

Fred Gorbet
Former Deputy Minister
Finance Canada

Thanks for all your great work with SAMCI.

Ralph Klein,
Premier of Alberta
1992 – 2006

Wow - 25years already—You must have started SAMCI on your parents’ lawn like a lemonade stand! Congratulations!

As you know I’m a big fan of yours and my measurement of that is I have never hesitated in over 20 years to recommend SAMCI and Susan A. Murray to a company, association, or individual in need of guidance in Government relations. You bring an integrity and discipline to the business that stands you above the pack!

Bill Knight
Former Commissioner
Financial Consumer Agency of Canada
Former President and CEO
Credit Union Central of Canada

As a feminist and a former Minister of Culture, I want to congratulate you and thank you for all you have done for women and culture in this province.

You are one of the relatively few women to start her own firm whether 25 years ago or today and you not only survived but thrived in a highly competitive field becoming a true role model for others of your sex.

At the same time you have contributed enormously to the cultural life in Ontario as one of the few who recognize the importance of the arts in our lives and to have done something about it. We need more people like you.

Here’s to another 25!

Isabel Bassett
Former Minister of Culture, Ontario
Former Chair and CEO, TV Ontario

Congratulations on 25 years of successful leadership at SAMCI! You have provided principled direction and expertise to a worldwide clientele, through volatile economic and political change. Even more impressive have been your contributions to community, province and country.

Best wishes for continued success in all your endeavours.

Hon. Ernie Eves
Premier of Ontario
2002 – 2003

When you worked for me at Teela I knew that you were special. In watching you work with enthusiasm on every assignment, I could see a wonderful future ahead. Your positive attitude rubbed off on the people around you as you were always trying to enthuse with your enthusiasm.

You don’t take a road unless you know you will reach the defined goal at the end of that road.

Congratulations on the 25th anniversary of SAMCI.

Mike Feldman
Councillor and Former Deputy
Mayor City of Toronto

Congratulations to you and SAMCI on twenty-five years of success in the government relations industry! That’s quite an achievement when you think back over the past quarter of a century and all the change that has taken place during that time.

Integrity, tenacity, commitment and dedication – just a few of the many qualities shared by you and your team that have garnered SAMCI a stellar reputation within the industry. Susan, you are living proof that nice people “can finish first.” Best wishes for continued success in the years to come.

Hon. Michael D. Harris
Premier of Ontario
1995 – 2002

Congratulations on your 25th! You're a pioneer in what used to be a man's world. You've done it your way, with integrity and ethics and brains, and you've built a great company with amazing people. Not to mention that you are one of the nicest people in the whole world. We're proud of your accomplishments, and privileged to be your friends.

Peggy Wente and Ian McLeod
Columnist, Globe & Mail
Independent Film Maker

It's hard to believe it's been 25 years - from working with you at Pepsi, to Knightsbridge as well as your appreciated investment in our company. Congratulations on achieving this wonderful milestone and so richly deserved. You are a classy person and I wish you best wishes on the last 25 and nothing but the best for the next 25 years. You are a true friend

David Shaw
President & CEO
Knightsbridge Human Capital Management
Former President
PepsiCo Canada

I remember when you bravely started SAMCI – an early successful entrepreneur, a mentor to me, and to many. Congratulations, Susan.

Frances Carmichael

Congratulations on a very successful 25 years in business. You are an individual of extraordinary abilities and are undoubtedly one of Canada’s most respected government relations professionals.

I very much value our friendship and look forward to continuing to work with you going forward.

Frank McKenna
Former Canadian Ambassador to the United States of America
Premier of New Brunswick
1987 – 1997

My strongest memory of Susan was her fearlessess, especially when she started her business. Here was this fairly green and inexperienced person literally bull- dozing the government of Bill Davis on behalf of her first clients. It was quite disconcerting for the cabinet ministers, I suspect. They knew her as one of the policy staff from the caucus services branch, and she was this soft-voiced, slim blonde with big eyes who just hit them between their eyes with the strength of her case! An impressive debut. She hasn't looked back since. Congratulations and all the best for the next 25 years!

Janet Ecker
Former Minister of Finance, Ontario

Doing anything for 25 years is tough. Building a company that has SAMCI’s reputation is really tough. Helping companies navigate through Ottawa and our various levels of Government is an important job. You should be very proud of your business and what you have done to make other people successful.

Most importantly, you have done all this stuff with style and grace – and really nice clothes!

I treasure your friendship and appreciate all that you have done to help my own business. I wish you all the best in the years ahead. Warmest of warm wishes.

Graham Carter
President and CEO CAP Advisors Inc.

25 years goes very quickly when you are busy and successful. Congratulations on your great achievement with SAMCI!

Your contribution as a member of the Marsh Canada advisory board is much appreciated. Keep up the good work!

Best personal regards,

Paul O’Donaghue
Chairman, Advisory Board
Marsh Canada

Susan, I recall first meeting you in the late eighties. You were lobbying for the Insurance Bureau of Canada. Shortly thereafter, I read John Sawatsky’s book The Insiders. There you were again, this time with his description of what caused you to embark on a tremendously successful lobbying career. He says it very well:
"Her stint at Queen’s Park convinced her that business carried such ill-conceived notions of government and came so poorly prepared that it usually lost out to smart, well-prepared public-interest groups like Pollution Probe."

The lack of understanding between business and government bothered her. She couldn’t understand how corporations operating in a country like Canada, with such a strong history of government intervention, could lag behind virtually every other country in awareness of public policy … She happened to be a blonde bombshell who at first blush seemed better suited for a beauty contest than a boardroom; her petite size, soft voice, and shy manner seemed unlikely to persuade a hard-headed chief executive officer that he needed her expensive advice.
"… She started her lobbing career working on what was until then the largest corporate refinancing in Canadian history, and in doing so showed that she was determined, shrewd, and brimming with down-to-earth common sense."
In 1990, when the opportunity arose, the decision to work with you was quite straightforward. We enjoyed and shared many successes including auto insurance, pensions, energy, labour and tax. These victories came from hard work, sound strategy, solid execution and your constant belief that the impossible was in fact very possible! It’s hard to believe it’s been 25 years. Susan, you have aged much more gracefully than I. I wish you all the best, and I am very proud to have been a small part of those 25 years!

George Cooke
President & CEO
Dominion of Canada General Insurance Co.

It gives me great delight to congratulate you on your 25 years of success at SAMCI. What an accomplishment! Such an achievement truly speaks to your vision, integrity, leadership and commitment in a highly competitive and challenging field. Susan, through your friendship with McMaster University, we have also been a privileged recipient of these same outstanding qualities.

Success is often defined as the achievement of personal goals and the attainment of wealth, but the success of SAMCI demonstrates that it can also be measured by the degree to which an organization seeks to make a positive difference by applying the highest personal business ethics. Indeed, it is immensely satisfying to see a person succeed who is so cognizant of the greater good and defines success as giving back to her community.

You have given so generously of your time to many worthy endeavours in the realms of business, culture, health and academics. Indeed, your contribution to our Board of Governors speaks to your willingness to bring your intellect, professionalism and leadership to help our University achieve its mission.

Your dedication to helping others achieve their dreams, including our own students who benefit from the Ruth Murray Memorial Bursary, is a daily demonstration of your commitment to make the world a better place. It is an honour and a privilege to include you as a friend of McMaster University. I wish you many, many more years of success. With warm personal regards,

Peter George
President and Vice-Chancellor
McMaster University

Happy Anniversary SAMCI and Susan! Thank you SAMCI for being so good at what you do. With your expertise and support we managed to transform our AGH into one of Canada’s leading art galleries. Working with you was truly a pleasure, which we hope to be able to renew one day. With all best wishes,

Louise Dompierre
President and CEO
Art Gallery of Hamilton

On behalf of the constituents I represent and the Government of Ontario, I wish to extend my congratulations to Susan Murray, as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of SAMCI, and your team as you mark this special milestone in your life. I wish you continued success.
Through your values and leadership, SAMCI has developed a reputation for integrity and an ethical approach to serving the public interest in government relations. It gives me great pleasure to commend you on your quality efforts.
I would also like to recognize and thank you for sharing your expertise with Ontarians in your volunteer capacities. The Government of Ontario proudly supports all volunteer initiatives and takes measures to encourage and strengthen the volunteer sector. I applaud your volunteering spirit and efforts for helping to make our province a better place to live for all Ontarians. On behalf of the Government of Ontario, best wishes

Monte Kwinter
Former Minister of Community Safety
and Correctional Services, Ontario

Congratulations on 25 years of contribution to the business life of Canada. Your business integrity and creativity are exceeded only by your great sense of humanity and concern for the broader Canadian community. I join your many friends and associates in saying, “Bravo, the best is yet to come."

Hon. Brian Tobin
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador
1996 - 2000
Former federal Minister
1993 – 1996, 2000 – 2002

I commend you for the enterprise and hard work that have brought a quarter-century of accomplishment to SAMCI and have helped to build our province’s business sector. Take pride in your entrepreneurial excellence and the role it has played in building strong and prosperous communities in Ontario. May the years ahead bring further success.

Hon. Dalton McGuinty
Premier of Ontario
2003 –

When I think of Susan Murray I think of a politically astute leader who has a deep sense of both the economic and social agendas of this great country. Susan embodies the essence of enlightened, compassionate leadership and has quietly gone about making Canada a better place. I am honoured to have known her for so many, many years and to have learned a great deal from the best! Best wishes Susan.

Charles Coffey
Retired Executive Vice President
Royal Bank

What an awesome milestone! Congratulations on 25 years and to be so young. This couldn’t happen to a nicer person and a better organization. Well done and best wishes to another 25 years.

George Irwin
Chairman and CEO
iToys Inc.

I first encountered Susan Murray when we both apprenticed at Queen’s Park, but it wasn’t until 1990 that we formally worked together.

In December of that year Susan assumed the chairmanship of the National Ballet School’s board of directors, and one of her first acts was to confirm my appointment as the School’s co-director in charge of administration.
In those days, the National Ballet School was in desperate financial straits, with an operating deficit that had grown to seven digits---annually. I was soon submitting applications to various government departments to help cover the shortfall, and not surprisingly, the answers came back consistently “No”.
What was surprising, though, was Susan’s reaction. “Don’t worry, Bob,” Susan would say. “They really meant ‘Yes’. They just need a bit of time to correct the letter.” In the age of “No Means No,” this sounded shockingly heretical -- but what a lesson the subsequent months provided.
Step by step, Susan built the case for how the School was fulfilling the will and mandate of the Department, the Minister, even the Government as a whole. Ministers are busy people, she would say, and it is perfectly reasonable that from time to time they aren’t able to catch minor errors – like their staff’s presenting them with the wrong letter for signature. We need to be generous, she would say, and help governments do better.

As counter-intuitive as it sounds, this strategy worked -- again, and again, and again. I, too, began to treat “No” as a breakthrough response, evidence that on any particular issue government was prepared to take action, weigh alternatives, and make decisions.

Little wonder, then, that Susan and the firm she founded have been able to attract the respect and confidence of so many people both within and outside government, and find a true balance between the art and science of professional suasion.

Robert Sirman
Canada Council for the Arts

Congratulations to you on SAMCI's 25th birthday. Well do I remember your contribution to the General Services Sectoral Advisory Group on Internal Trade (SAGIT) years ago. You displayed a keen strategic sense, broad understanding of public policy and knowledge of how to interact effectively with governments - all components of SAMIC's success. May you and the SAMCI team continue to contribute for many years.

Gail Cook-Bennett
Chair, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

If you’ve been in business 25 years, you must have started the company as some kind of high school project. Your energy and enthusiasm – and certainly your youthful look – have not diminished at all over the many years we have worked together.

Your knowledge of how Canadian government, at the federal, provincial and local levels, works and can be influenced, and the respect and affection so many key officials have for you personally, have certainly convinced us that you are the “go to” person to get things done north of the border for our clients.

You and your team are consummate professionals and we have always had the utmost confidence in your abilities and keen sense of how to operate in the most highly ethical manner.

As far as we’re concerned, SAMCI comes as close to the ideal when judging public affairs firms as possible. All of us here at MultiState Associates congratulate you on this important milestone and we look forward to continuing our mutually beneficial relationship over many more years ahead.

Steven Markowitz
Chairman and Principal
MultiState Associates Inc.
New York

I certainly remember when I first encountered you. It was in the context of a visit of the President of the United States to Ottawa.

For some reason, it had been suggested that the President ought to visit the office of one of your clients in Ottawa. Visits of Presidents are consuming experiences, and all we needed was another event complete with motorcade, RCMP, Secret Service, etc. But we worked it out only to see it cancelled – perfect!

However, I did discover that you were a political junkie. This was wonderful because I was then the Counselor for Political Affairs at the US Embassy in Ottawa – the head US political junkie. Out of this grew a friendship which has continued to this day.

So congratulations on keeping SAMCI afloat, effective and prosperous for 25 years. Clearly a Washington office is coming soon. With my best wishes,

Dwight Mason
Senior Associate
Center for Strategic Studies

Susan, my heartfelt congratulations to you upon the 25th anniversary of SAMCI. Your leadership, vision, passion and professionalism have been obvious to me in the past few years that I have known you and worked with you. You and SAMCI thrive in a highly competitive environment, and I believe that to be testimonial in itself to you. All my best to you, Susan, as you celebrate this fantastic milestone, and I wish you all the best going forward.

Jim Irving, Director
Government Relations and Strategic Affairs
Johnson & Johnson Medical Products

I've had the pleasure of knowing Susan for over 20 years and in my humble opinion there are many reasons why Susan and SAMCI succeed year after year.

Susan provides all who will listen with an honest and well researched perspective on issues of interest, particularly in the public sector. Her sincerity and commitment to excellence in all she does give all who have the pleasure of knowing her the confidence to confide in her and seek and her counsel.

Beyond the business she is just a fabulous person who enjoys everyday of her life and shares this joy with the many friends and colleagues who are blessed to know her. Every time I know that I'm going to meet with Susan I can expect a smile and encouragement. Who can ask for more than that?

Jim Chapman
Vice President
Corporate Business Group
Dell Canada

What a pleasure it is to be sending you a note of congratulations not only for the creation of SAMCI, but also for keeping it relevant and successful for 25 years.
You defeated all the odds, as we all know that business ventures simply do not have long life spans. That you were able to beat those odds is a testament to your talent, tenacity and determination. It also speaks to the considerable value you brought to your clients - me included.

Thanks for that. Reflecting on your accomplishments also reminds me that more than 30 years have passed since we first met at Western and we were asking ourselves what we were going to do when we grew up – it hardly seems possible … Wishing you another 25 years of success.

Joanne De Laurentiis
President & CEO
Investment Funds Institute of Canada

It seems like yesterday. Congratulations on your success over 25 years, Susan. Integrity goes a long way.

Lee Richardson
Member of Parliament
Calgary Centre

Congratulations on achieving a significant business milestone – SAMCI’s 25th anniversary. As you know, SAMCI helped pave the way for Segways in Ontario, and for that everyone at Segway Inc. is extremely grateful.

Everyone at Segway Inc. wishes you the very best and that the years to come will bring as much if not more success to you and SAMCI!

Matt Dailida
Director, Government Affairs
Segway Inc.

Congratulations on SAMCI's 25th anniversary! Thanks to your wise counsel and leadership, the MS Society has been able to put issues that are vital to people with MS in front of key decision makers. With SAMCI's help, we are making a difference.

Yves Savoie
President & Chief Executive
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada
Deanna Groetzinger
Vice President
Government Relations and Policy
Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada

Congratulations on SAMCI's 25th. On behalf of Mitch and the rest of the Visa Canada team, thank you for the valuable assistance and advice you provided to Visa.

Derek Fry
Visa Canada Association

Congratulations on 25 years since founding SAMCI. I know from my experience of starting Burgundy 16 years ago how really satisfying starting your own business can be. You have a lot to be proud of and I bet your best days are yet ahead of you.

Tony Arrell
Chairman and CEO
Burgundy Asset Management Ltd.

Congratulations on SAMCI's 25th anniversary. The growth and success of SAMCI is largely due to your strong and capable leadership skills. Your values and business acumen have helped SAMCI achieve this landmark.

Congratulations and wishing you many more successful years ahead!

Jean-Luc Meunier
Vice President, Operations
Central Canada
Mac’s Convenience Stores

Susan, you’re the best.
Hon. David Peterson
Premier of Ontario
1985 – 1990

Congratulations Susan on 25 years of providing leadership through SAMCI. You have always provided exceptional service to your clients.

Graham Scott
Senior Partner
McMillan Binch Mendelsohn, LLP

I was a client of SAMCI for a number of years and was always impressed with the team Susan had assembled. Their professionalism and success is, by extension, a reflection of her good judgement and management skill.

Michael J.Quaranta
Former Directer of Government Affairs, Experian
Chief of Staff
Congressman Michael N. Castle

I just want to say congratulations on this great achievement of 25 years in business. You don't seem old enough to have achieved this milestone.

Christopher Bunting
STS Capital Partners - London
Former president, Weber Shandwick