Julia Drydyk, Executive Director

As Executive Director at The Centre, Julia brings a passion for the issue of ending human trafficking, a demonstrated commitment to collaboration and partnership, and a dedication to the principle of trauma-informed and survivor-centered services. Julia began her career with The Centre as Director of Research and was recently appointed Director of the Hotline, where she took a leadership role in restructuring the Hotline operations and leading the culture change in that group.

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Julia brings along a wealth of experience in research, evaluation, communications, community engagement and public policy development in the community services sector. Julia worked for over five years as a consultant for the non-profit sector where she supported dozens of non-profits and community-based agencies by conducting research and community engagement to support effective program development and high impact organizations.

Julia also worked at United Way Toronto and York Region (UWTYR) as a Manager of Research, Public Policy & Evaluation where she conducted research and evaluation activities toward the successful implementation of UWTYR’s strategic priorities, which included supporting UWTYR’s Youth Success Strategy and Community Services Strategy.

In her role as Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Minister of Community and Social Services, she provided strategic policy advice toward the transformation of Ontario’s social assistance programs and the design and implementation of Ontario’s Basic Income Pilot.

Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Women’s studies from York University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.