OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 17, 2015) - Sustainable Development Technology Canada

SDTC today announced Leah Lawrence as its new President and CEO. She has held a wide range of senior leadership positions in both the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Most recently, she was the president of Clean Energy Capitalists Inc.

Ms. Lawrence's experience in sustainable technology development in the oil and gas and electricity industries has been recognized by both industry and government through various board and fellowship appointments including CO2 Solutions Inc., the Canadian Academy of Engineering, Engineers Canada, the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta, Alberta Economic Development, and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Regina and a Master of Economics from the University of Calgary.

Quick Facts

  • Sustainable Development Technology Canada is an arm's-length foundation created by the Government of Canada to support projects that develop and demonstrate new technologies to promote sustainable development.
  • In 2013, the Government of Canada announced $325 million over eight years in support to SDTC for development and demonstration projects resulting in a cleaner environment.
  • SDTC's SD Tech Fund™ has supported 269 projects with $684 million from federal government funding.
  • The SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water and clean soil, providing solutions to key Canadian industries that increase efficiency and enhance environmental responsibility.


"I'm honoured to take on such an important role in an organization that is at the forefront of Canada's economy and environment. SDTC is an admirable organization that has accomplished great things since it began operations. I look forward to working with the entire SDTC team to launch Canadian cleantech to the next level, creating jobs and realizing export opportunities to make Canada's environment and economy that much stronger."

Leah Lawrence, President and CEO, SDTC

"Ms. Lawrence's range of experience with, and passion for, sustainable business made her a natural choice to lead Sustainable Development Technology Canada in to the next stage of its growth. I'm certain that under her leadership, cleantech entrepeneurs and all Canadians will be well served as we help bring innovative technologies, that deliver the double bottom line of economic growth and environmental sustainability, to market. On behalf of the board of directors, I'd like to thank Interim President and CEO, Jane Pagel, for her stewardship of the organization during this transitional phase."

Jim Balsillie, Chair, SDTC

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at SDTC. I have worked with some of Canada's top cleantech innovators and a professional team of SDTC staff. Together, we have helped build the Canadian cleantech sector, and under Leah's leadership, I believe new heights will be achieved."

Jane E. Pagel, Interim President and CEO, SDTC

Contact Information:

Jon Flemming
Vice-President, Public Affairs
613-234-6313 ext 238