Laura de Jonge

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Laura Anne "Lolly" de Jonge, née Goulet [1] (born September 2, 1960) is a Canadian family advocate, corporate social responsibility practitioner, filmmaker[2] and magazine founder. She is the daughter of authors George R. D. Goulet and Terry Goulet.


Laura is a 13th generation Canadian Métis and descendant of Louis Hébert and Marie Rollet, Canada’s first permanent colonial settlers. Laura earned a Masters in Environment and Management from Royal Roads University[3] where she received the Chancellor's Award for highest academic performance in her program as well as the Founders Award for the graduating learner in each program who exemplifies the qualities of leadership, sustainability, and personal development.[3] Laura and her husband, Mike de Jonge, established an academic bursary at Royal Roads.[3] Laura earned a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Development from Fielding Graduate University.[4][5]

Laura is also a graduate of Red Deer College, the University of Calgary and the Certificate Program in Corporate Social Responsibility at the University of Toronto.

Laura has worked with Nexen Inc. for over a decade. During her time as the Director, Global Business Practices she served on the Advisory Committee of the Corporate Ethics Management Council for the Conference Board of Canada [6] in addition to serving as the Vice Chair of the Social Responsibility Working Group of the International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation Association (a participant of the Business Action for Energy) which included chairing the human rights task force. She has also sat on the boards of Canadian Business for Social Responsibility and the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers where she was also the President.

In 2004 Laura produced and directed the film What Goes Around Comes Around which was recognized by the Crystal Vision Awards in 2005.

Laura is an outspoken advocate who supports natural pregnancy, childbirth and parenting. She played an active role in achieving recognition of midwifery as a profession in Alberta in 1992. Laura was recognized in the Alberta legislature when the funding of midwifery services was announced in 2008 [7] in addition to being one of the donors to establish the Sandra Botting Bursary at Mount Royal University for students in the Bachelor of Midwifery degree program.[8] In 2014 the CBC reported she was the primary author of a report published by the Maternity Care Consumers of Alberta Network which highlighted a shortage of health care practitioners throughout rural Alberta.[9]

Laura’s work as a corporate social responsibility practitioner was profiled in Deb Abbey’s bestselling book, Global Profit and Global Justice, Using Your Money to Change the World.[10]

In May 2010 Laura facilitated a presentation on the diversity of the Canadian Landscape for the Alberta Women's Science Network Operation Minerva Project - Aboriginal Girls Program for students from the Calgary Board of Education, the Catholic School System and the Siksika First Nation community.[11]

Laura is also the founder of Birthing Magazine [12] published by Birth Unlimited.[13]

In 2015 Laura acted as a producer for the television series Transformation to Parenthood, a six episode documentary series about issues related to becoming a parent, which played on Shaw TV.[14][15]

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  1. ^ "The Virtual Museum on Métis History and Culture". Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  2. ^ "CBSR Board Profile of Laura de Jonge". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  3. ^ a b c "Thinking West" (PDF). Portraits in Humanity, profile on Laura de Jonge. The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 15 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "Birthing Magazine profile of Laura (Lolly) de Jonge". Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  5. ^ "Graduating student makes major scholarship gift for Canadian students". Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  6. ^ "Conference Board of Canada Executive Networks". Retrieved 2009-05-03. 
  7. ^ "Alberta Hansard from October 20, 2008" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-06-08. 
  8. ^ "Mount Royal University Our Donors in Focus". Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Rural maternity care in Alberta failing women". Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  10. ^ Profile on Laura de Jonge in Global Profit and Global Justice. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  11. ^ Alberta Women's Science Network. "Operation Minerva Project Final Report". Retrieved 2011-01-13. 
  12. ^ The Globe and Mail. "No BA? No Problem". Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  13. ^ "Birthing, Who We Are". Retrieved 2014-06-15. 
  14. ^ "Transformation to Parenthood Private Screening". Retrieved 2015-12-05. 
  15. ^ "BOC Presents Transformation to Parenthood on Shaw TV". Retrieved 2015-12-05. 

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