PRESENTED BY THE CONFERENCE BOARD OF CANADA,
THE WINNIPEG CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, AND MNP LLP
Western Business Outlook 2016: Manitoba
Keynote Speaker: Julia Deans, CEO of Futurpreneur
Led by The Conference Board of Canada’s Glen Hodgson, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, along with Pedro Antunes, Deputy Chief Economist, the Western Business Outlook will provide Manitoban business leaders and policy-makers with global, national, provincial, and metropolitan perspectives of the numbers underpinning the economy.
Including a panel discussion with some of Manitoba’s leading business people and a keynote address, the Western Business Outlook promises to be 2016’s premier economic forecasting event in the province.
This year, The Conference Board of Canada is proud to welcome a new partner to our Winnipeg event. MNP LLP, a leader in professional services and a Manitoba success story, has come on board alongside our co-host, the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce.
From regional gem to national treasure: Growing youth entrepreneurship in Manitoba
About Our Keynote:
Julia Deans is the Chief Executive Officer of Futurpreneur Canada (formerly the Canadian Youth Business Foundation), the only national non-profit organization providing financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Futurpreneur Canada and its 3000 volunteer mentors and other partners have helped 7500 young people launch start-ups in Canada.
Julia joined Futurpreneur Canada in January 2013 with a track record of success in the corporate, entrepreneurial, non-profit and public sectors. She started her career as a lawyer, practicing law with Torys LLP in Toronto and Hong Kong, before creating a successful legal recruitment business in Singapore.
From 2005 to 2012, she was CEO of the CivicAction – a coalition of thousands of senior leaders tackling major social, economic and environmental challenges through large-scale summits and collaborative projects. In 2012, she chaired Ontario’s Expert Roundtable on Immigration, helping develop the province’s first-ever immigration strategy.
Julia is Co-Chair of the International Women’s Forum (Toronto), a trustee of the Canada Post Community Foundation, and an advisor to Artscape. She is a former board member of Luminato and the Living City Foundation and a past advisor to many organizations including the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation and the Hague Process on Refugees and Migration. She was named a 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner, recognized as a Woman of Influence 2012 Canadian Diversity Champion and has been awarded the University of Toronto’s Arbor Award.
Julia is a graduate of Queen’s University (political studies), Columbia University (public administration), Osgoode Hall Law School, and Harvard Business School Executive Education. She is qualified to practice law in Ontario, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong