Julie completed a Bachelor of Tourism Management degree from TRU with a major in entrepreneurship and a minor in marketing. She recently completed an MBA from Simon Fraser University. She is a proud entrepreneur owning an Indigenous tourism gift shop in Kamloops called Eagle Eye Gifts as well as a professional event planner who owns Be Inspired! Events & Event planning business.  Julie is a mother of three boys.

In addition to directing her undergrad thesis,  Courtney and Julie have been working together on a research project that focuses on barriers to health that impact Indigenous youth in urban areas across western Canada (Kamloops, Winnipeg and Edmonton) 2015-2017.  As a proud Secwepemc woman from the Chase area,  Julie is happy to be working with two Indigenous youth groups in Kamloops (White Buffalo: Urban Indigenous Services and a local high school group).