Training & Communications Manager

Lydia is passionate about social entrepreneurship as a catalyst for creating social impact and empowering those within marginalized communities. Always having envisioned a career of advocacy and education, Lydia is thrilled to be a part of the Black Business Initiative team as the Training & Communications Manager. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce Honours from Mount Allison University, a private pilot’s license, a glider flight instructor rating, has three academic publications, and was named Enactus Canada’s HSBC Woman Leader of Tomorrow (Atlantic) in 2017.

Lydia is also a part-time reservist member of the Canadian Armed Forces and when she is not in the office, she can be found in the air – teaching youth how to fly gliders. This past summer, Lydia was the first woman of color to hold the leadership role of “Flight Commander” at the Debert Cadet Flying Training Centre. She oversaw and managed the training of 26 student pilots. She supervised and mentored her staff of 16 to deliver the air training syllabus effectively and efficiently, while maintaining the overall productivity and safety of a flying operation.

A creative thinker with unique experiences in leadership, research, management, marketing, and training – Lydia brings a lot of energy, new ideas, and a wide range of skills to the BBI team.