Chief Executive Officer
Julia Deans believes that no matter which career path a young person takes, what helps them succeed is being able to spot and pursue opportunities for innovation and improvement. If they can leverage this ability in launching new businesses, creating jobs for themselves and others, young entrepreneurs will help create the economic and social prosperity Canada wants.
Julia joined Futurpreneur Canada as Chief Executive Officer in January 2013 with a track record of success in the corporate, entrepreneurial, non-profit and public service sectors. She started her career as a lawyer, practicing law with Torys LLP in Toronto and Hong Kong, before taking the leap into entrepreneurship, where she successfully created and ran a business in Singapore.
From 2005 to 2012, she was CEO of CivicAction – a coalition of thousands of senior leaders tackling major social, economic and environmental challenges through large-scale summits and collaborative projects. In 2012, she chaired Ontario’s Expert Roundtable on Immigration, helping develop the province’s first-ever immigration strategy.
Julia is Co-Chair of the International Women’s Forum (Toronto), a trustee of the Canada Post Community Foundation, an advisor to Artscape, a former board member of Luminato and the Living City Foundation, and a past advisor to many organizations including the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation and the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration. She has been awarded University of Toronto’s Arbor Award, recognized as a Woman of Influence 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion and is a Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.
“I am committed to expanding Futurpreneur Canada’s success in supporting and expanding youth entrepreneurship through collaboration, different models of support, attracting new resources and fully leveraging Futurpreneur Canada’s Canadian and international networks.” Her energy, enthusiasm and experience will play a pivotal role in inspiring more young people to become the next generation of leaders by helping them launch businesses in communities across Canada.
Julia is a graduate of Queen’s University (political studies), Columbia University (public administration), Osgoode Hall Law School, and Harvard Business School Executive Education. She is qualified to practice law in Ontario, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong.