Julia Deans, Futurpreneur Canada CEO, honoured as one of Canada’s most powerful women

Deans encourages more realistic profiles of female and diverse entrepreneurs

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TORONTO, ON (November 23, 2017) – Futurpreneur Canada CEO Julia Deans is being honoured as one of Canada’s Top 100 Powerful Women this evening by Women’s Executive Network. In being named a Top 100 RBC Champion, Deans has: proven herself as a role model for women in the Canadian workplace; shown a measurable impact on women at local, regional, national and international levels; been an agent of change to advance women in the Canadian workplace; and demonstrated a commitment to the community.

“I am honoured to be recognized alongside so many inspiring female leaders in their respective fields,” said Deans. “I am proud of what we have collectively been able to achieve, and grateful that we have the opportunity to help more women succeed.”

This is the second time Deans is being honoured in the Top 100 Awards. As CEO, Deans has led Futurpreneur to support over 10,000 young entrepreneurs, more than 40% of whom are women. Prior to joining Futurpreneur, she helped develop Ontario’s first-ever immigration strategy and led CivicAction, which successfully tackled major social, economic and environmental challenges in the Toronto region.

“In order to achieve gender parity and diversity, it is critical to share more and more realistic profiles of female and diverse entrepreneurs,” said Deans. “Their stories work to inspire, educate and challenge outdated ideas of female entrepreneurship.”

When it comes to achieving success, Deans encourages women to never give up. “Passion and hard work are every bit as important as intelligence in achieving success,” said Deans.

To learn more about the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Awards, visit wxnetwork.com/top-100-women/.

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About Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada has supported over 10,000 enterprising young people launch more than 8,100 businesses across Canada since 1996. We’re the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools that aspiring business owners aged 18-39 need to launch and grow successful Canadian businesses. Our internationally recognized mentoring program matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of almost 3,000 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week. For more information, please visit www.futurpreneur.ca, like Futurpreneur on Facebook and follow @Futurpreneur on Twitter.

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