Julia Rivard Dexter

Founder, Queen Street Studios

Julia Rivard Dexter comes from a background in marketing and design and has led creative and communication efforts for several successful ventures. A graduate of both NSCAD and Dalhousie University, Julia mixes her experience in communication, business, and design to build partnerships with existing and potential clients that lead to new and exciting opportunities. Julia started her professional career as the founder of Queen Street Studios, a creative collective based out of Dartmouth, NS. In 2008, she joined partners to develop and grow SheepDog and later became CEO of the global organization, boasting a premier partnership with Google Inc. Julia competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia as a member of the Canadian canoe/kayak team. She continues to stay involved in sport at a high level and worked with the Canadian Olympic Committee as Team Services Officer in both Beijing (2008) and Vancouver (2010). She is the Vice Chair of the Board at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, is a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and sits as a member of the Nova Scotia Premier’s Advisory Council. Her background in sport and her passion for technology have set the stage for the development of an extremely popular widget application for the 2008 Olympics and for the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games that her firm Norex developed called Hashpi.pe, a social aggregation canvas. In 2012, she and her partner Leah Skerry launched a not-for-profit crowd-funding platform helping Canadian athletes raise much-needed funding to support their pursuits called Pursu.it. Most recently, they turned their experience into a fundraising tool for not-for-profits and foundations. Recently, Norex re-branded to Code + Mortar. For her work in business, volunteering, and sport, Julia has been recognized with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2013).