Julia retired from her professional career in 2017 from RBC Phillips, Hager & North Investment Counsel after 21 years. At the time of her retirement, she held the position of Vice President & Investment Counsellor. In this role, she provided investment counselling and individualized investment management services to a diverse clientele, including private individuals, foundations and non-profit organizations, for 21 years. She also held senior management roles in the company and served on the Women Advisory Board. She joined Phillips, Hager & North Investment Management Ltd. in 1996 and became a partner in 1999.
Julia is a 2019 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) Fellow. The goal of the program is to assist experienced leaders to find a pathway to solving important social problems in the next stage of their professional lives. A key part of the ALI program is to spend one year in an intensive structured program at Harvard.
Julia has a long history of volunteering in the community. Her current community volunteer work also includes serving as a board member of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, and a member of the Finance & Investment Committee. She is the Chair Emerita for SFU Board of Governors, past Chair of the Minerva Foundation for BC Women and the International Women’s Forum BC. She also served on the board for the Vancouver Opera, Family Services of Greater Vancouver, and volunteered for the United Way of the Lower Mainland.
Julia graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in commerce and obtained the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation in 1997.