Laurianne Sylvester

Dean, Unama'ki College

The Dean of Unama’ki College, Laurianne Sylvester, is a Mi’kmaw woman, born and raised in Membertou First Nation. She has worked in education for more than 20 years. Her educational and leadership journey began in her home community as an elementary school teacher and she later served as Vice Principal of Membertou Elementary School. Laurianne worked as the Director of First Nation School Success Program (Academic Services) at Mi’kmaw Kina’matnewey for 14 years before joining CBU. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (UCCB), a Bachelor of Education (STFX), a Master’s in Education in Diverse Learners and Curriculum (Mount St. Vincent), and a Master’s in Leadership (Acadia). Laurianne promotes Mi’kmaw language, culture, programs, student opportunities and success. Laurianne was selected as one of Atlantic Canada’s 25 Most Powerful Women in Business for 2023.