Dean has been a member of Advocis since 1990. He obtained his Chartered Life Underwriters designation in 1999 and his Chartered Financial Consultant designation in 2000. He has served at the local level since 1991, including President of the Saskatoon Chapter in 1997. Dean chaired the local organizing committee for the 2000 Advocis National Conference held in Saskatoon. He has chaired the Annual Secret Santa Luncheon from 1995 until present, a luncheon that raises money for the Salvation Army at Christmas time. Dean was one of the original members of the Chapter Advisory Council representing Manitoba and Saskatchewan. Dean also sat as a trustee for the CLU Institute from 2004 to 2007. He is a current member of the Century Initiative.
Dean graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1990 with a Bachelor of Commerce and immediately entered the financial planning profession. He joined Cherry Financial Services in 1998, and practises in the area of insurance, retirement and estate planning. He held the position of Chair of the Saskatchewan Life Insurance Council and was a member of the council from 2002 to 2010. Dean has sat on the Board for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, Saskatchewan Division for 13 years, three of which he acted as treasurer. He coaches hockey in the winter, and soccer and fastball in the spring. Dean is currently the assistant coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskie Women’s Hockey team, and volunteers his time holding goaltending clinics for all minor hockey age levels in Saskatoon.