BDC’s National Lead, Women Entrepreneurs
Laura leads the bank’s national strategy to support Canadian women entrepreneurs and ensures that strategy is integrated across the entire bank.
Since 1994, Laura has held progressively senior roles at BDC across many divisions of the bank. From consulting and finance, to branch support and subordinate financing, Laura has worked with all types of entrepreneurs, at all stages of their business, helping them access the advice and capital needed to grow and succeed. Through this experience, she consistently saw one gap: A lack of women. Today, Laura is an ally and advocate for female business owners and leaders. She is a sought after speaker and presenter on the topic of women entrepreneurship and leadership and regularly mentors and coaches female entrepreneurs.
Director, BC & the North Region, BDC Advisory Services
Since 2006, she has worked with hundreds of owners and management teams to help them scale their businesses. She has directly worked with hundreds of companies to secure senior debt financing, mezzanine capital, and management consulting solutions to help them grow, become more efficient and enhance their management capabilities. Over this time, she has become a trusted resource for private companies that have the ambition to become best in class, and are looking for a long-term partner to assist in achieving their goals. Prior to BDC she held various positions in Operations Management; she holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia, an MBA from the University of Hertfordshire (UH).