Julia Rivard Dexter

Founder, Queen Street Studios

Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, Julia Rivard Dexter is an innovative tech entrepreneur. Julia, a former Olympian, competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia as a member of the Canadian Canoe Kayak team. She began her business career in graphic design and has gone on to lead several successful technology ventures, including SheepDogInc.ca, Google’s first North American premier Apps partner, Code + Mortar, an innovative web and technology firm whose work has been recognized by the International Webby Awards, and pursu.it a not-for-profit crowdfunding platform that has raised over $1M for athletes who need support to reach their Olympic goal. Julia’s latest venture is as cofounder and CMO of Squiggle Park, which aims to improve literacy rates for children worldwide. Squiggle Park was chosen as a Google for Entrepreneurs company. In October 2016, Squiggle Park released a pilot to teachers and now is used in over 5000 schools around the world.

Julia is the past vice chair of the board at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, a member of the Canadian Olympic Committee, and a past member of the Nova Scotia Premier’s Advisory Council.

For her volunteer work, Julia was honoured with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2014; that same year, she was the runner-up for the E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2015, Julia was awarded the BMO Global Growth and Innovation Award and chosen as a finalist as Halifax Chamber Business Person of the Year.

Currently, she is an associate for CDL-Atlantic and is on the Prime Minister’s Economic Round Table for Digital Industries.