Senior Manager, Inclusion and Diversity
Lauren is a human resource professional committed to contributing to a more equitable and inclusive world. She has over a decade of experience in human resources, Indigenous engagement and equity, diversity and inclusion predominantly within the post-secondary, telecommunications and energy sectors. Lauren is Cree and of mixed- European ancestry and is a proud citizen of Alexander First Nation in Treaty 6 territory
Lauren uses a values-centric and intersectional approach to program development and project management and is guided by the ethical principles of reciprocity, responsibility, relevance and respect. She has witnessed first-hand the power of co-creation, intercultural capacity-building and ethical community engagement to develop programs and opportunities that truly reflect the needs of participants. Lauren’s work is guided by Linda Tuhiwai-Smith’s 25 Indigenous projects, which describe opportunities to further an agenda of social justice, cultural restoration and decolonization.
Lauren holds a Master of Arts in Global Leadership from Royal Roads University, where her work focused on the reciprocal benefits of Indigenous youth using experiential-learning opportunities to build solidarity and to further the adoption and implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. She is a life-long learner and is currently pursuing courses in Indigenous project management and global program evaluation.
Lauren has lived in Treaty 7 territory, Region 3 of the Métis Nation in Alberta, in Calgary for her entire life. She and her partner enjoy spending time outdoors with their two children and two golden retrievers. Lauren is an avid world traveller, cyclist, and reader. Her favourite authors are Richard Wagamese and Isabel Allende.