Deanna Horton

Deanna Horton

Senior Fellow, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy


Deanna Horton is a Fellow at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, focusing on interactive mapping projects and related research. Mapping Canada in Asia can been seen on the Munk site: as well as the website of the Business Council of Canada, the Canada-China Business Council and the Asia-Pacific Foundation. Some of her research can also be seen on @CanAsiaMap and @DLHinTO.

Ms Horton is a Senior Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Foundation, and a member of the Board of Trustees of the Royal Ontario Museum, the International Women’s Forum, and Quadrangle Society of Massey College.  She speaks French, Japanese and German.

Previously a career foreign service officer, she was appointed as Ambassador of Canada to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in 2008. In September, 2010, Ms. Horton returned to the Canadian Embassy in Washington as Minister (Congressional, Public and Intergovernmental Affairs). Other overseas assignments included Hamburg, Tokyo, and Washington D.C.  In Ottawa, she was a negotiator on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

In 2004, she took a leave of absence from the government to join Sherritt International Corporation as Vice-President, Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs, returning to the Department of Foreign Affairs in 2006 where she served as Director of the Office of the Deputy Minister for International Trade.

Deanna Horton was born in Toronto. She graduated with an Honours BA in Political Science at McGill University); received a MA in International Affairs at 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 Dept Foreign Service Institute in Yokohama.

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