Who We Are

Susan Hollett

Susan Hollett, M.Sc. President

Susan Hollett is the President and owner of Hollett and Sons Inc. and leads in all research, analysis and planning projects. In addition to managing all projects and staff, Susan delights in planning, facilitation & evaluation.

Susan's Background

Master of Science (Sea Use, Law, Economics and Policy-making) from the London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

Honours BA in Political Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Before leaving to start Hollett & Sons Inc., Susan was Vice President of a provincial community and economic development agency; Executive Assistant to a provincial Cabinet Minister; and a Planner at the Marine Institute.

Professional Certifications and Awards 

  • ICD.D: Institute of Corporate Directors, Certified Director (certified since 2016)
  • CMC: Certified Management Consultant, Atlantic Institute of Management Consultants (certified since 2012)
  • CE: Credentialed Evaluator, Canadian Evaluation Society (certified since 2012)
  • CPF: Certified Professional Facilitator, International Association of Facilitation (2007, 2011, 2016 certifications)
  • One of the first recipients of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE) Recognition Awards for “Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Advancement in Business and Community Economic Development” (1998).
  • The HSI Business Retention and Expansion Pilot Study (in partnership with Nati, HRDC and DITRDB) won the Business Retention and Expansion International (BREI) Special Projects Award based on its unique design (of comparing and contrasting an industry sector approach versus a geographic approach), team commitment, technical approach, professional documentation and overall presentation.
  • HSI’s work with the Strategic Economic Plan of the Town of Clarenville won the provincial Torngat Award from the NL Federation of Municipalities.

Our History

We receive many questions about our name, and yes, there is some history behind it.

"Hollett & Sons" started as Susan's great grandparents' company in Burin, Newfoundland & Labrador, where Susan grew up. Starting in the late 1800s, Hollett & Sons imported and exported fish and dried goods on an international scale, operating a fleet of schooners as well as several stores in both Burin and St. Lawrence.

When, a hundred years later, Susan was in search of a name for her business, she wanted a name that would incorporate her name, her two sons, a sense of permanence, and a name that would give her a corporate identity…

Et Voila! Hollett and Sons Inc. was born again.

Schooners in Burin Harbour, Circa 1880's

Schooners in Burin Harbour, Circa 1880's