Dean Johnson | Career Path – Blog 1

Early years: West coast ambitions Born in Saskatoon, Johnson’s family moved to Calgary when he was 5.  His father, Martin, was an economist who specialized in rate-based economics. He was self-employed, working with utility companies, including NOVA Gas Transmission Ltd. (NGTL) and TransCanada PipeLines Limited (TransCanada). Growing up with two brothers, Johnson was competitive from Read More

Dean Johnson | Career Path – Blog 2

Becoming CEO – Twice Johnson stayed in the real estate sector for seven years. He did a lot of project/facility work until 1996 when the real estate department was outsourced to a company called the Trammell Crow Company, based in Texas. “I separated from Nova and transitioned to Trammell Crow. I kept the same office Read More

Dean Johnson | Career Path – Blog 3

Driving facility management Before becoming company president, Johnson went through rigorous interviews with the Sodexo’s group CEO and the head of HR as a relatively new and unknown team member. “I did have one thing going for me. When I first arrived a few months prior, I was fortunate to lead a high profile FM Read More

Dean Johnson | Career Path – Blog 4

Impacting company culture as a new CEO Up until recently Johnson says he managed to push through problems without bringing people onboard.  All that changed at Sodexo Canada. “It’s a big organization, have 10,000 employees in Canada. What we went through over the last five years is really a cultural change. You can either influence Read More

Dean Johnson | Industry Perspective – Blog 5

New market trends The outsourcing of numerous fragmented services didn’t exist 15 or 20 years ago. It’s a major industry in Canada that started with disparate services like food services and maintenance that are now rolled up into one and there’s no turning back. It drives value for the organizations that outsource and is a Read More