Building a stronger Canada through innovative leadership by the Canadian Guyanese community.
Nadira Lawrence-Selan - Chair of the Indigenous Friendship Committee
Nadira Lawrence-Selan (BBA Honours, BEd) is a transformative leader that is self-motivated and visionary with almost 20 years of experience within the finance industry and education. After graduating from the Schulich School of Business in 2003, Nadira worked at Manulife Financial in various departments including Sales, Marketing and Product Management for ten years and spearheaded many large-scale projects during her tenure. Her personal experiences have fostered a very deep understanding of the importance of inclusivity and equity especially for the youths of today, their families and the communities that surround them.
Nadira’s work experience within the finance industry, in addition to enduring years of colonialist barriers motivated her to pursue a career that was altruistic in nature, surrounded by people who share a common vision of making a positive difference in the lives of people.
In 2014, Nadira became a secondary school teacher. She is currently the Curricular Department Head in Business Studies and Technological Studies. Nadira is also part of various committees and leads the Business Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) Program at her school, which focuses on providing students interested in business with certifications and sector specific experiences. She is a progressive educator that focuses on culturally responsive and relevant pedagogy in the classroom.
Nadira is passionate about breaking systemic barriers and working with youths and communities in their pursuit of leadership opportunities and other aspirations. With a sound business background, Nadira has been able to leverage her leadership skills and knowledge in hopes of inspiring marginalized ethnocultural groups and addressing racial disproportionalities in access and outcomes.