Georgina Steinsky

Executive in Residence, Center for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies


Georgina is an alumna of the University of Toronto with a Master of Arts degree in History. She subsequently had a multi-faceted career ranging from Deputy Minister in the Government of Canada to senior executive positions in several major Canadian corporations and the non-profit sector.  In the early 1990s she led one of the early re-privatization projects in the post-Communist Czech Republic: the return of the Bata Shoe Organization to the country where the company was founded.  She is currently researching and writing about this project and the economic transformation of the post-Communist Czech economy. She also personally experienced the restitution processes in the Czech Republic, managed her family’s returned properties, and has been active in promoting a non-profit sector in that country.

Over the past several years, she has been a benefactor at CERES of the European Studies Student Association (ESSA), and her family has contributed to the financing of Czech Studies.  Under ESSA auspices she has often given lectures on how her study of history helped to facilitate her career.

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