UPDATED ON: Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Canadian Youth Business Foundation:
Chief Executive Officer
From The Globe and Mail
John Risley, Chairman, Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) Board of Directors, is pleased to announce the appointment of Julia Deans as Chief Executive Officer of the organization.
Deans joins CYBF 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 regional social, economic and environmental challenges through large-scale Summits and collaborative projects. In 2012, Deans chaired Ontario’s Expert Roundtable on Immigration, helping develop the province’s first-ever immigration strategy.
Deans is also a board member of the Living City Foundation and the International Women’s Forum (Toronto), a founding board member of the Luminato arts festival, and a past advisor to many organizations, including the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation and the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration.
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.
CYBF provides youth, aged 18-39, with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful entrepreneurial businesses.