Deanna Horton is a Senior Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, focusing on interactive mapping projects and related research for the Creating Digital Opportunity project of the Innovation and Policy Lab.
Previously a career Canadian foreign service officer, Deanna was appointed Ambassador of Canada to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 2008. In September 2010, she returned to the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. as Minister (Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs). Other overseas assignments included Hamburg, Tokyo (12 years), and Washington D.C. In Ottawa, Deanna was a negotiator on the North American Free Trade Agreement.
In 2004, Deanna took a two-year leave of absence from the government to join Sherritt International Corporation as Vice-President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs. Upon her return to the Department of Foreign Affairs she served as Director of the Office of the Deputy Minister for International Trade.
Deanna was born in Toronto. She graduated with an Honours BA in Political Science from McGill University, received an MA in International Affairs from Carleton University’s Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, and a Diploma in International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, Bologna Center. She also spent two years at the US State Department Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama.