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Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management

Our Team

The Lawrence Centre Faculty and Fellows oversee the research, teaching and outreach activities of the Centre in keeping with the its focus on digital innovation, physical infrastructure, and trade.

Centre Director

Romel Mostafa

Romel Mostafa

Romel Mostafa is a faculty member of Business Economics and Public Policy at Ivey Business School. His primary research focuses on economic growth, industrial development and technological change. His research has been published in leading management and policy journals and featured in media outlets such as CNN, Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.

Policy Fellows

Mahmood Nanji

Mahmood Nanji

Mahmood Nanji served as the Director of the Lawrence Centre from 2018-2019. Prior to joining Ivey, he was an Associate Deputy Minister at the Ontario Ministry of Finance. Over the course of his public service career, Mahmood has held senior executive positions with the Ministries of Finance, Economic Development and Trade, Energy, Public Infrastructure Renewal and Cabinet Office.
Paul Wells

Paul Wells

Paul Wells is the Senior Editor for Maclean’s magazine and former national affairs columnist at the Toronto Star. Wells has covered seven federal elections, three prime ministers and is author of three critically-acclaimed books.

Executive In Residence

Richard Dicerni

Richard Dicerni

Richard Dicerni recently retired as the Deputy Minister, Alberta Executive Council and Head of the Alberta Public Service. Prior to accepting this position in October 2014, Mr. Dicerni was Adjunct Research Professor at the Ivey Business School and sat on various boards.

Centre Staff

Stephanie Scanlan

Stephanie Scanlan

Centre Manager

Before joining Ivey, Stephanie worked for nearly a decade in Ottawa on Parliament Hill. She held positions both in government and opposition, working with Members of Parliament and Cabinet Ministers to advance change. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences degree in International Studies and Modern Languages, which she earned bilingually at the University of Ottawa. 

Amanda Burdick

Amanda Burdick

Administrative Assistant

Amanda joined Ivey in 2018, and has been with the Lawrence National Centre for Policy and Management since 2020. Previously, Amanda worked with a non-profit organization for many years, where she gained experience working closely with local and provincial government agencies. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science, which she earned from Western University.