Co-Founder, Executive Director
Julia is one of the passionate co-founders of 10 Carden. She is committed to seeing the social innovation and culture sectors develop and thrive, in the city of Guelph as well as in other Canadian communities. Her core competencies are in problem-solving, interdisciplinary thinking and connecting community vision to action.
As an enthusiastic and articulate social entrepreneur and community leader, Julia is able to lead and inspire team-players to carry ideas through to implementation. Julia is tireless in her dedication to helping 42 Carden and 10C Shared Space move to the next level of sustainability and permanence. She champions collaboration as a way to realize interesting projects and harness new opportunities.
Julia is most excited about the potential for future collaborations and community leadership in the context of 10C’s expansion.
Julia has spent the past 20+ years of her creative career in Guelph fully engaged in everything she takes on. In addition to offering support and leadership to 10 Carden, she has co-created a successful web design & development company, Barking Dog Studios. Barking Dog is now one of Canada’s longest-running web development firms. Julia’s focus with the business has been to support a high level of community work, innovative project work and a happy team.? The majority of BDS work is in relation to social change and educational spheres. For many years, BDS also ran an on-site childcare to offer team members a better work-life balance.
The importance of placemaking carries through all of Julia’s work. These spaces at home, at work and in the community, fulfill the souls of their inhabitants and allow for connection and collaboration - creating space for change.