Lawrence has a B.Sc. (Victoria) and M.Sc. (Queen’s) in Computer Science. After working for six years as a software, robotics, and distance-education research assistant at the Royal Military College of Canada, Lawrence completed a Master of Space Studies degree at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France.
Following ISU, Lawrence worked for 12 years at MDA in Vancouver in the Space Missions Group with several different mission responsibilities (launch contract management; orbit, propulsion, power, coverage modelling) for a number of spacecraft missions (RADARSAT-2, RapidEye, CASSIOPE, Sapphire).
In 2009, Lawrence created Geocentrix Technologies, to begin working as a consultant to other space-mission and high-tech companies. Lawrence is also the lead manager/organiser of the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, a Canada-wide competition for teams of university students to design and build a small “cube-sat” satellite.
Lawrence is married with two young daughters, and if he has any spare time he enjoys golf, cycling, scuba diving, hiking, and playing drums. He is also a Director of the Artificial Reef Society of British Columbia, a group which has used six ships and one Boeing 737 airplane in the coastal waters of B.C. to create environmentally- and economically-sustainable "artificial reefs".