University of Manitoba - Asper School of Business - ABEP - Julie Deslauriers
Julie Deslauriers
Julie DesLauriers

Name: Julie DesLauriers
Community: Manitoba Metis  (Winnipeg)
Majors: Marketing & International Business       
Grad Date: February 2003
Career Progression: Manitoba Hydro: Human Resources, Power Smart Marketing, Industrial & Commercial Marketing, Power Trading.

What was your best memory/experience within the Asper school of business?
I went on an international study exchange to Mexico, supported by ABEP. I got my international business major while there and learned how to speak Spanish which has been an asset.  I also made memories and friends that will last a lifetime!

What is your best memory of your ABEP experience?
I met fantastic friends and professional contacts while with ABEP, many of which I still keep in touch with today.

If you could give on piece of advice to your first year university self, what would it be?
Take the time to network and get to know people; the contacts you make are just as important as the courses you take. Live by Abraham Lincoln’s words: “I do the very best I know how – the very best I can; and I mean to keep on doing it until the end.”

What was the most significant barrier that you have had to overcome in your education experience?
My high expectations I had set for myself.  I set goals, stuck to timelines and made time for fun and physical activity.