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Asper Executive Education welcomes new director

August 4, 2015 — 
Debra Jonasson-Young

Debra Jonasson-Young

Debra Jonasson-Young (MBA/99, CCP) has been named Director of the Executive Education program at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business, effective August 4, 2015.

“Debra brings over thirty years of strategic, visionary leadership to her new role in the Asper community,” says Michael Benarroch, Dean and CA Manitoba Chair in Business Leadership, Asper School of Business. “Her proven ability to build strong and profitable organizations will ensure our Executive Education program remains at the forefront of leadership training and development, and strengthen ties with our partners in the business community.”

Previously, Jonasson-Young was president of People First HR Services, vice-president of Dufresne Furniture & Appliances, vice-president of Shoppers Optical, and vice-president and general manager of Videon CableSystems. She holds an MBA from the Asper School of Business.

Active within the Manitoba business community, Jonasson-Young is a past chair and currently sits on the board of the Associates of the Asper School of Business. She is chair of Women of Winnipeg, and until recently sat on the board of Value Partners Investments Inc. She sits on the executive of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Manitoba Chapter, was a governor of the Manitoba Museum for nine years, and was appointed to sit on the Manitoba Hydro Board. As well, she is a past chair for the Winnipeg Downtown Business Improvement Zone, sat on the board of Tourism Winnipeg, and acted in an advisory role to the University of Manitoba, Continuing Education Division, as well as the Red River College’s Business Administration program.

Located in the heart of downtown Winnipeg at the James W. Burns Executive Education Centre, the Asper School of Business Executive Education program provides advanced training for managers and business professionals across all career stages, functions and industries. The program works closely with businesses and organizations to create opportunities for employees to innovate, think strategically, and achieve their executive leadership potential.

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