Julio’s desire to live in peace is not strange considering what he went through right before he moved to Canada. Julio had been working on a special project to set up a telephone network in the jungle of Columbia for a company when he was kidnapped by an illegal army and held for ransom. It was a very scary time for Julio and his wife, Rosemary, was terribly afraid.
Julio Cesar Robayo-Velasco was born in Manizales, Colombia. He grew up in the small city in the Western part of the country and studied civil engineering there. After graduating from University, he worked for a while in Manizales before moving to the capital city of Bogota. When he moved to Bogota he was working for a company, but later he set up his own company with his wife, Rosemary, who is an architect. The two of them had their company together for 15 years. He lived and worked in Bogota for almost 25 years before moving to Canada.
Julio enrolled in the STEP program and found that it has been very helpful with giving him direction and advice on programs to take. STEP was also essential in helping him find his present job. Julio knows that STEP has been more successful than other programs, because it is directly involved with the industry.