For 20 years, Laurian's work has focused on the confluence between engineering science, policy, and the public to address environmental, social, and economic challenges in cities. She is a Professional Engineer (water resources) with a Master's in Landscape Architecture. Through her work Laurian modernized the Toronto Region Conservation Flood Risk Management & Infrastructure program, providing flood forecasting and warnings for the Greater Toronto Area (5 million people).
She directed the City of Brampton's programs for stormwater management and environmental master planning, including implementing climate change mitigation and adaptation actions for land, water, air, waste, energy, and people.
Laurian is interested in rooting out racial inequity by directly combating anti-black racist policies. This brought her to the philanthropic sector and a move to New York City to join the Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient City team and subsequently become the Regional Director for North America of the Global Resilient Cities Network. Here, she strategizes with Chief Resilience Officers and their executive leadership teams to implement tangible and impactful solutions that realize the vision of equitable and resilient cities.