Departure will happen in coming months as search begins for new CEO
TORONTO, May 11 /CNW/ - The city-building organization CivicAction is looking for a new CEO after Julia Deans announced today that she is
preparing to leave the job after more than six years to seek new
The search for a new CEO will start immediately, and Deans will stay
until the transition is complete.
Deans joined CivicAction (formerly the Toronto City Summit Alliance) in
2005, two years after it was founded by the late David Pecaut and more
than 50 business, non-profit, government, labour and academic leaders
to take on major challenges facing the Toronto region. She has led
CivicAction's growth to an organization involving more than 8000
volunteer leaders in major initiatives that currently include Greening Greater Toronto, DiverseCity: the Greater Toronto Leadership Project, the Emerging Leaders Network and region-wide Greater Toronto Summits.
"CivicAction would not be where it is today without Julia's leadership,
energy and enthusiasm," said CivicAction Chair John Tory. "Her ability
to build relationships and teams, leverage resources and drive projects
has allowed CivicAction to achieve great things and contribute to real
positive change for the Toronto region. The overwhelming response to
our recent Greater Toronto Summit is a great example of this. We are very sad to see Julia leave, but she
leaves CivicAction in an excellent position to continue to improve the
future of our region."
"The past six years have been incredibly rewarding, sometimes
challenging, and always hugely stimulating," said Deans, a lawyer who
has also worked in law, business and government in Toronto, New York,
Hong Kong and Singapore. "I am very proud of what CivicAction and its
community of leaders has accomplished and, while I am excited to begin
the next chapter of my career, I look forward to staying involved in
CivicAction as it continues to thrive and help realize the
opportunities we have."
"On behalf of CivicAction's Board of Directors, Steering Committee,
staff and great many volunteers and partners, I thank Julia for all of
her hard work and dedication, and wish her every success going
forward," said Tory. The CivicAction Board of Directors has appointed
Amprop Knightsbridge to assist in the search for a new CEO.
CivicAction is a multi-sectoral coalition of thousands of civic leaders
committed to acting collectively to tackle tough issues and big
opportunities in the Toronto region. CivicAction's Greater Toronto
Summits bring leaders from all walks of life together to assess the
region's strengths and challenges and to identify priority areas for
attention. In between Summits, CivicAction takes a role in incubating
innovative initiatives designed to galvanize action in these priority
CivicAction's current initiatives are aimed at: making the Toronto
region a flourishing area renowned for environmental action and
innovation (Greening Greater Toronto); creating a leadership landscape that better reflects the region's
diversity (DiverseCity: the Greater Toronto Leadership Project in partnership with Maytree); and connecting and supporting rising city-builders (the Emerging Leaders Network). For more information, visit www.civicaction.ca.
For further information:
Communications and Events Officer, CivicAction
(416) 309-4480 x509 (work)
(416) 992-4966 (cell)