Diane Deans was first elected to Ottawa City Council in November 1994, and in October 2014 Diane was re-elected to her seventh consecutive term. She proudly represents over 48,000 south-end residents who live in Gloucester-Southgate Ward.
Diane is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Ontario, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree. Diane made Ottawa home in 1982, when she assumed the role of Executive Director of the Canadian Federation of Students, and then moved on to work on Parliament Hill.
Diane in a well-known leader on Ottawa City Council and has had oversight of some of the City’s most powerful committees. Most recently, Diane served as Chair of the City’s first Transit Commission, responsible for overseeing all facets of the operation of OC Transpo and Para Transpo. During Diane’s term as Chair, she successfully implemented Presto Smart Card technology, championed expanded O-Train service, undertook a complete review of the City’s transit routes, and concluded a deal with its union partners to ensure that there would be no service interruptions well into the next term of Council.
During her years on Council, Diane has served on numerous committees and boards, including, City Living (Ottawa’s Social Housing Board now renamed Ottawa Community Housing Corporation), the Ottawa Public Library Board, the Central Canada Exhibition Association Board, the Pine View Municipal Golf Course Board, the Ottawa Tourism Board, the Ottawa-Gatineau Film and Television Board and as an Executive Member of the Social Housing Services Corporation.
Today, Diane is the Chairperson of the City’s Community and Protective Services Committee and also sits on the Transportation Committee, the Finance and Economic Development Committee and the Member Services Committee. She is also a member of the Ottawa Community Land Development Corporation Board which is tasked with unlocking value in the City of Ottawa’s real estate portfolio through sustainable development.
In 2006 Deans received the Consumers’ Choice Woman of the Year Award.