Leah Lawrence BASc’94 was inspired to work on climate change and sustainable development while studying engineering at the University of Regina. Her professional journey first took her to Calgary, where she worked on climate strategy and energy technology investment, before becoming an entrepreneur and starting her own company.
Leah’s focus on climate, technology and entrepreneurship eventually took her to Ottawa, where she is the president and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). In her time at SDTC, Leah has transformed the organization, making it a champion for young companies and their potential to change the world.
In her eight years at the helm, SDTC has made more than $1 billion available to aspiring entrepreneurs to test, scale up, and commercialize their ideas. Leah is known for her commitment to organizational excellence and governance for startups and organizations in transition.
She was instrumental in the formation of the Innovation Asset Collective, Canada’s first patent collective, and currently serves as its vice chair. She is also a past director and chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, and a past president of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) who honoured her with the Centennial Leadership Award, APEGA’s highest distinction for a member.
Leah is also a fellow of Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering.
Presented by URAA (University of Regina Alumni Association)