Leslie Coates

Leslie Coates

Managing Director

Leslie Coates joined the Lawrence Centre in 2010. Prior to this she served as Research Manager to ArcticNet, an NCE studying the impacts of climate change in the coastal Canadian Arctic. Leslie has served as Policy Analyst for CIDA, and conducted monitoring and evaluation of projects in South-East Asia, including environmental regulation in India. She worked additionally as ERP (SAP) Business Analyst for the federal government, financial, telecom and pharma industries. Leslie holds a BA Hons. in Political Science from Queen's University and MA in Political Science, specializing in International Development, from the University of Guelph.

David Zhang

David Zhang

Research Associate

David joined the Lawrence Centre in May 2016. David is a 2016 HBA graduate from the Ivey Business School at Western University. He was a Western National Scholar and an Ivey HBA Leaders Scholarship recipient. David’s interests span the private, public, and non-profit sectors. He spent two summers working as a private equity analyst in Beijing, served three years as the Western University Students’ Council’s Provincial and Federal Affairs Coordinator, and currently sits on the board of HOBY Canada, a national youth leadership foundation dedicated to developing Canada’s next generation of youth leaders. In his spare time, David enjoys playing the piano, reading, running, travelling, and volunteering.