Julia Deans of Futurpreneur Canada named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner

November 26, 2014

Awards recognize female leaders in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors

TORONTO – (November 26, 2014) – Futurpreneur Canada is pleased to announce today that Julia Deans, CEO, has been named a Women’s Executive Network’s (WXN) 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner.

The Top 100 Awards recognize Canada’s strong, fearless female leaders who have become agents of change in reshaping Canadian organizations at the highest levels.

Deans joins an elite group of Top 100 Award Winners that includes some of Canada’s most iconic women trailblazers, such as Dr. Roberta Bondar, astronaut, Arlene Dickinson, Chief Executive Officer, Venture Communications, Christine Magee, President, Sleep Country Canada, Kathleen Taylor, Chair of the board, Royal Bank of Canada and Michaëlle Jean, former Governor General of Canada.

In less than two years with Futurpreneur Canada, Deans has been instrumental in positioning the organization to meet the needs of Canada’s entrepreneurs today and well into the future, rebranding it from the Canadian Youth Business Foundation and launching Action Entrepreneurship: Growing Young Enterprise, a nationwide initiative to address challenges and opportunities in advancing youth entrepreneurship.

“Julia’s leadership is helping to change the face of entrepreneurship in Canada, and I’m thrilled to see her recognized with this well-deserved award, said John Risley, Chair, Futurpreneur Canada. “Under her leadership, more young entrepreneurs than ever are turning to Futurpreneur Canada to get started on the path to business success, and all key stakeholders are coming together in new ways to harness the power of entrepreneurship in this country.”

Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, the Top 100 Awards celebrate and highlight professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors at a time when corporate Canada is undergoing pressure to promote more female leaders into board and executive office positions.

“Despite ever-changing styles and tastes, great leadership is timeless,” says WXN founder, Pamela Jeffery. “Top 100 Award Winners are a testament to the incredible range of female talent and leadership in Canada and proof that change is happening, with more women earning a place at the highest levels of Canadian organizations.”

The full list of WXN’s 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners can be found at https://www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-winners/. The Top 100 Awards enjoy a strong commitment from corporate supporters. For a complete list of partners, click here www.wxnetwork.com/top-100/top-100-women.

About Futurpreneur Canada

Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, or CYBF) has been fueling the entrepreneurial passions of Canada’s young enterprise for nearly two decades. We are the only national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Our internationally recognized mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors. Futurpreneur Canada is a founding member of the G20 Young Entrepreneurs’ Alliance, the Canadian member of The Prince’s Youth Business International, and the Canadian host of Global Entrepreneurship Week. staging.futurpreneur.ca. Facebook: Futurpreneur Twitter: @Futurpreneur

The Women’s Executive Network (WXN)
At WXN, we inspire smart women to lead. WXN creates and delivers innovative networking, mentoring, professional and personal development to inform, inspire, connect and recognize our community of 19,000 smart women and their organizations in the pursuit of excellence. WXN enables our partners and corporate members to become and to be recognized as employers of choice and leaders in the advancement of women.

Founded in 1997, WXN is Canada’s leading organization dedicated to the advancement and recognition of women in management, executive, professional and board roles. WXN is a founding member of the Canadian Board Diversity Council, dedicated to increasing the diversity of Canada’s corporate boards. In the fall of 2008, WXN launched in Ireland, a first step in creating an international community of female leaders.

As individuals, we can inspire and be inspired. To our community of members and partners, we thank you for inspiring WXN to lead.

More information and details are available at wxnetwork.com or top100women.ca.

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