CEO Julia Deans announces plans to leave CivicAction

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 leadership opportunities.

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.

About CivicAction:

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 areas.

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

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Media Contact: 
Rebecca Geller
Communications and Events Officer, CivicAction
(416) 309-4480 x509 (work)
(416) 992-4966 (cell)

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