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Tanya Priske Named One of Canada’s Most Influential Women


July 28, 2015

HALIFAX - Tanya Priske, Executive Director of the Centre for Women in Business, has been recognized as one of Canada’s most influential women when it comes to leadership and the advancement of women in business.

Diversity Canada Magazine has placed Priske on its annual Top 10 list of Canadian women who have taken the lead in advancing the status of women, Aboriginals, visible minorities, the disabled, and the LGBTQ community.

The distinguished list of honourees includes The Honourable Kellie Leitch, Canada’s Minister of Labour and the Status of Women; Catherine Bedard, Vice President of Human Resources at L'Oreal Canada, and Catherine Grosz, Manager of BMO Financial Group.

In a release, Diversity Magazine said 17,000 nomination requests were sent to businesses and non-profit organizations across the country; 87 nominations were returned, and the magazine’s award committee selected ten of the most accomplished women based on criteria that included proven leadership, achievements, volunteerism, and innovation.

“The women selected do not just care about the people in their immediate vicinity,” the release said. “They refused to follow conventional wisdom that says only men can be great leaders or women are too weak and emotional to succeed in the business world. In fact, the Influential Women had a message for Canada that said, in essence: ‘From this point forward, we are working from our unique strengths as women, rather than trying to fit a pre-determined mold.’”

Priske began working at the Centre in 2004, initially as a regional business facilitator for the Northeastern Nova Scotia region, and then as lead project manager, before being named executive director in 2012. Her background in economic development spans more than 27 years, and includes a variety of federal, provincial and municipal government roles.

Priske has served as a director of the Pictou County YM-YWCA, as a member of the New Glasgow Junior High School Advisory Council, and has donated her time to help establish various community projects including the Pictou County track and field facility, and to various organizations like the Children’s Wish Foundation.

“We know one of the fastest growing segments in our Canadian economy is women,” said Priske. “Supporting the growth and development of women owned businesses is more than my job, it’s my passion. The inclusion of diverse suppliers in corporate supply chains has gained momentum in Canada thanks to the work of
 Women Business Enterprise Canada, the Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council and Canadian Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce.”
 “Through their networks, we have helped to educate, support and watch our clients build new market opportunities. Diversity in business is about willingness, readiness and opportunity.”

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