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Lunch & Learn with Tanya van Biesen of Catalyst

Friday, August 17th 2018
12:15 PM to 1:45 PM
Victoria, BC

Lunch & Learn with Tanya van Biesen of Catalyst

Join us for an interactive session with Tanya van Biesen, Executive Director of Catalyst Canada. Catalyst’s mission is to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. Recognized as a leader and influencer with deep experience in the executive search sector, corporate leadership and diversity, Tanya is responsible for leading Catalyst’s growth in Canada and shaping strategies to advance Catalyst’s mission here. She will cover the following topics.

  • Research trends on the topic of workplace diversity
  • Current trends by Fortune 500, what is working or not
  • Ways to position yourself to achieve success

This session is oriented toward action, so please come prepared with questions!


WCM Lunch & Learns are an opportunity for a small number of professionals to meet informally with a leader in the industry over a round-table. The leader shares experiences, insights and advice with professionals in the early stages of their financial industry or Capital Markets careers.

Tanya van Biesen

Executive Director, Canada, Catalyst

Tanya van Biesen is Executive Director of Catalyst's operations in Canada. She is responsible for leading Catalyst's growth in Canada and shaping strategies to advance Catalyst’s mission to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion with Supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, senior leaders, and stakeholders.

A recognized leader and influencer with deep experience in the executive search sector at the most senior levels of corporate Canada, Tanya brings more than two decades of corporate leadership and diversity experience to Catalyst. Most recently, she co-led the Financial Services Practice at Spencer Stuart and was a key member of the Canadian Boards Practice, focusing on executive search assignments at the board, CEO, and general management levels. She also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice, specializing in the placement of chief diversity officers and diverse slates of candidates across all search assignments.

Tanya began her career at Procter & Gamble, working in both Toronto and Calgary in regional and national sales leadership roles. A sought-after speaker on the topic of diversity in the boardroom, Tanya has contributed to several research studies and articles analyzing leadership trends and attributes. She holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University, and speaks English, French, and Dutch.

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