Canada: There’s Power In Empowerment
Last Updated: March 30 2015

From March 6-19, Collins Barrow is highlighting the excellence and achievements of several women who strive towards creating value; breaking equality barriers and empowering others.

International Women's Day celebrates the women who make it happen all around the world. Our women make it happen every day. Collins Barrow believes in a workplace environment that fosters the careers of Canadian women. Over the past 20 years, the accounting industry has seen a positive shift in the attitudes towards female advancement. At Collins Barrow, we already have a higher percentage of women partners than the industry norm—and growing. Meet Maria.

A tax partner with over 20 years of extensive public practice experience, Maria has been delivering tax solutions as a partner at Collins Barrow Toronto LLP for the past 3 and a half years. A key member in the Domestic and International tax group, Maria advises private, public and multinational corporations in the areas of corporate restructuring, international tax planning, estate, wealth-preservation and succession planning. Because of her advice and tax-efficient solutions, Maria plays an integral role in structuring many highly profitable business transactions involving mergers, acquisitions and divestitures as well as inbound and outbound investments and business expansions. 

As a mom to three, charitable organizations benefitting children are near and dear to Maria's heart. She takes a particular interest in Aptus, a non-profit organization aimed at assisting children and adults with disabilities, where she sits on the Board of Directors. Through financial support and volunteer work at organizations like Aptus, the Hospital for Sick Children and Wings of Hope, Maria advocates for creating change for children and adults in need of a helping hand.

A true believer that the balancing act evens out with the right support, Maria says that women can reach any goal if they have a strong network in the workplace and at home. "Collins Barrow offers an environment rich with talented people who achieve professional success for their clients and personal success for themselves because we all strive towards the same goal-- growth. We celebrate achievements together and get inspired by each other's experiences, so the relationships that we build within our firms turn into top notch client services."

Did you know: If Maria could speak to one great woman in history, it would be Oprah? Having grown up watching the Oprah Winfrey Show, she would love to share Oprah's insights as to how she managed to become one of the most powerful and successful women in the world.

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