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Why promote diversity and inclusion?

December 01, 2021 by Tanya Macpherson


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Diversity is a part of our nature. This means that each of us brings a unique set of values, beliefs and talents to the table. We also have a variety of specific characteristics, such as gender, sexual orientation or cultural background. Inclusion, on the other hand, requires work. It’s about acknowledging the unique qualities of individuals and groups.

Why do more diverse and inclusive companies perform better than their counterparts? Our guest Annamaria Testani breaks down the two concepts and demonstrates why.

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Tanya Macpherson

Tanya Macpherson

Regional Vice President, Central Canada

Tanya Macpherson Tanya Macpherson

Tanya Macpherson has worked in the investment industry for over 18 years and currently holds the position of Regional Vice President of Central Canada for National Bank Investments. In this role she is responsible for the central Canadian sales team for both external distribution and internal banking.   Prior to Joining National Bank, Tanya has had a successful career in sales having worked at BMO Global Asset Management as well as a boutique mutual fund company and a large insurance firm. Tanya holds an honours degree in Environmental Politics and Geography from Brock University.


Annamaria Testani

Annamaria Testani

Vice-President, National Sales of National Bank Investments

Annamaria Testani Annamaria Testani

Annamaria Testani is Senior Vice-President, National Sales of National Bank Investments Inc. since June 2012. She has almost 20 years of investment experience and has held increasingly important leadership positions in various management and business development functions. She is a proactive agent of change related to different aspects of sales, National Accounts and marketing. Recognized as a determined person who successfully contributes to improving business development, she consistently achieves results that exceed expectations. An accomplished speaker and leadership coach, she has made it her mission to help women recognize, articulate and act on their greatest strengths and to help National Bank develop a more inclusive culture.