Distinguished Leader

The Distinguished Leader Lecture Series honours leaders from the business community and offers students the opportunity to learn from these outstanding individuals.

2018 Distinguished Leader


CEO, Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation

Deans’ career has been dedicated to tackling social and economic challenges. Currently she is the founding CEO of the Canadian Children’s Literacy Foundation, a non-profit that aims to ensure all Canadian children are skilled and confident readers by the end of grade school. She has a passion for entrepreneurial start-ups and has served as the CEO of Futurpreneur Canada, a national non-profit organization that has helped more than 10,000 Canadians aged 18-39 launch start-ups, and was also the founding CEO of CivicAction where she built the influential organization from an initial project.

The Distinguished Leader series honours leaders from the business community and offers students the opportunity to gain insights from outstanding individuals. We hope you can attend this year’s event.

About the award

2017Deepak ChopraPresident and CEO, Canada Post
2016Martine IrmanVice Chair, TD Securities and Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group
2015Rossana MagnottaFounder and CEO, Magnotta Winery
2014Len PennachettiPresident and Founding Partner, Cave Spring Cellars
2013Ned GoodmanFounder and CEO, Dundee Corporation and Dundee Wealth, Chancellor, Brock University
2011Donald ZiraldoChairman, Ziraldo Estate Winery
2010Galen G. WestonExecutive Chairman, Loblaw Companies Limited
2009Michael McCainPresident and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
2008John McCall MacBainFounder and President, McCall MacBain Foundation
2007Paul HouseChairman, CEO and President TDL Group Corp (Tim Hortons)