Julia Christensen Hughes

Dean, College of Business and Economics
University of Guelph

Dr. Julia Christensen Hughes was appointed Dean of the College of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph in May of 2009. Previously, she was the Chair of the Department of Management since June 2007.Julia is an academic, author, and change maker committed to developing leaders for a sustainable world, through active learning, research with impact, and community engagement. She is an accomplished management scholar who is focused on improving the effectiveness of organizations through a strategic approach to human resources management. She is also a regular commentator on the need to promote responsible business and social enterprise. In 2015, she spoke at the UN General Assembly on the role of business schools in contributing to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, along with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and others.

Julia is an academic, author, and change maker committed to developing leaders for a sustainable world, through active learning, research with impact, and community engagement. She is an accomplished management scholar who is focused on improving the effectiveness of organizations through a strategic approach to human resources management. She is also a regular commentator on the need to promote responsible business and social enterprise. In 2015, she spoke at the UN General Assembly on the role of business schools in contributing to the achievement of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, along with Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever, and others.

The College of Business and Economics is a global leader in both theoretical and applied management and economics research covering fields including food and agribusiness, economics, marketing and consumer behavior and corporate social responsibility. The University of Guelph is a Canadian Public Research University encompassing the Ontario Agricultural College and the Ontario Veterinary College, amongst its many colleges and institutes. The University has a comprehensive research partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.