Lesley Lawrence was appointed Senior Vice President, Ontario in November 2016.
In her role, Ms. Lawrence is responsible for overseeing BDC’s lending and advisory services in Ontario. She is on the Board of Directors for Women Business Enterprises (WBE Canada) and is the former National Champion for the Bank’s Women Entrepreneur initiative.
Ms. Lawrence has over 25 years of experience in the financial services sector. Since joining BDC in 2000, she has held several senior management positions including Vice President, Financing and Consulting for GTA North and GTA West, and Vice President and Area Manager for Toronto East.
She leads a passionate team that is proud to promote BDC’s role as a development bank. Prior to assuming her current role, Ms. Lawrence was Senior Vice President, British Columbia and North, where she was also responsible for BDC’s Indigenous Banking Unit.
Ms. Lawrence is actively involved in the community with a focus on advancing entrepreneurship and is a strong advocate for women entrepreneurs. She currently serves on the Women in Manufacturing Committee for Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME). She previously served as a member of the board of directors for Junior Achievement British Columbia and the Mississauga Board of Trade.
Ms. Lawrence completed a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and an executive leadership program at the Helios Executive Institute.