MENTOR | IWF Canada
Leah Lawrence is a Canadian clean technology executive, entrepreneur and writer. In June 2015, she was appointed President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC). With just under $1 billion in projects under management, SDTC is the largest funder of pre-commercial environmental technologies in Canada. Since Leah joined SDTC, the foundation has received $450 million in additional funding from the Government of Canada. In 2016 and 2017, she was named a Female Executive of the Year by the Stevie Awards for Women in Business.
Leah founded her first entrepreneurial venture in 2003. Clean Energy Capitalists Inc. focused on supporting the adoption of climate change technologies in Canada’s primary industries. A second venture, Prairie Peaks News, was a non-profit independent media organization that covered environmental and natural resource issues. It was through these efforts that Leah learned first-hand the trials and tribulations of being a start-up entrepreneur.
Leah has significant for-profit and non-profit board experience, including serving as chair of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). She is currently the Ottawa Chapter Chair of the International Women’s Forum of Canada. Leah was – and continues to be – a student of engineering and economics. She received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Regina and a Master of Economics from the University of Calgary. Her master’s research focused on the impact of environmental investment on a company’s stock price. She is an Honorary Life Member of APEGA and was named a fellow of both Engineers Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering in 2013.
Leah is a frequently-published author, with features and columns appearing regularly in Alberta Oil and Oilweek magazines and several Canadian newspapers. Her feature article recounting her own global energy tour won a Kenneth R. Wilson Award for Canadian journalism.