Julia Rivard

Born and raised in North Bay, Ontario, Julia Rivard Dexter is an innovative tech entrepreneur. Julia, also a former Olympian, competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia as a member of the Canadian Canoe Kayak team.

Julia has lead several successful technology ventures, including as CEO of SheepDogInc.ca, Google’s first North American premier Apps, Senior Partner at Code + Mortar, an innovative web and softeware development 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 Co-Founder and CMO of Squiggle Park which aims to improve literacy rates for children worldwide. Squiggle Park was chosen as a Google for Entrepreneurs company. Since launching in October 2016, Squiggle Park has grown to be used in over 7000 schools around the world and is supporting newcomers to Canada through a partnership with the IRCC.

Julia has also volunteered as Vice Chair of the Board at The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, member of the Nova Scotia Premier’s Advisory Council, member of the Canadian Olympic Committee Team Services and Executive Board member at CanoeKayak Canada.

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 the Digital Industries.