Julia Deans

Julia Deans, CEO, Toronto City Summit Alliance


Who are the true minds behind the growth and development of the Toronto region?

January 15, 2009


Julia is the CEO of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a coalition of senior business, non-profit, government and community leaders formed to address challenges to the Toronto region’s social and economic future. At the Alliance, she has been closely involved in the development and launch of the Toronto Region Research Alliance, the “Time for a Fair Deal” report of the Modernizing Income Security for Working-Age Adults Task Force, Luminato –Toronto’s festival of arts and creativity, the Emerging Leaders Network, and Toronto Summit 2007 – “Making Big Things Happen”, a meeting of over 630 leaders to discuss challenges facing the Toronto region. Most recently, the TCSA launched a major regional environmental campaign, Greening Greater Toronto, and in the fall will launch a new project to accelerate diversity amongst Toronto’s leaders.

Julia began her career as a litigation and environmental lawyer with Torys LLP, working in its Toronto and Hong Kong offices. From 1997-2001, she lived in Singapore, where she established the South East Asian operations of a major UK-based legal recruitment firm. Julia has a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University, a Master of Public Administration degree from Columbia University, and an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. She is qualified to practice law in Ontario, Hong Kong, and England and Wales. Julia serves on the Board of Luminato and on the Advisory Council of MetroLinx.