Canada: Girls With Dreams Become Women With Vision
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 Rosa.

With 15 years of direct experience in achieving business growth and maximizing profitability, Rosa provides tax and financial planning advice to clients in proprietorships, owner-managed corporations and not-for-profit organizations with Collins Barrow Ottawa LLP.  Committed to the development of entrepreneurial professionals, Rosa is also a noted key speaker at small business and start up events where she is sought to discuss ways in which a business can identify and seize opportunities to grow.

Through Rosa's leadership achievements in education, volunteerism and service to her profession and community, she is an honoured recipient of an ICAO Award of Distinction; an award that recognizes CA's under 40 who have demonstrated excellence in these areas of service. Rosa is also nominated for the 2015 Women's Business Network Professional Business Woman of the Year Award, a prestigious award recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding women in the National Capital Region since 1983.

Rosa is an active member of Leaders in Pearls, St. Patrick's Home of Ottawa Foundation and The Alzheimer Society Walk for Memories. Rosa is actively involved with The Women's Business Network (WBN) of Ottawa and is also an Ambassador to the CPA Canada Women's Leadership Council. These organizations are particularly important to Rosa as they connect and inspire businesswomen of integrity and diverse backgrounds and encourage discussions on ways in which women can advance into leadership positions in the accounting profession.

"The women and men of Collins Barrow are a talented group of professionals who offer fresh and innovative strategies for growing our clients' businesses," says Rosa. "I strive to lead a tax practice that empowers clients to reach their goals in the many areas of taxation, and as trusted business advisors, we at Collins Barrow provide the expertise and encouragement that allows them to be successful in their respective areas of business—and they are."

Did you know: If Rosa could speak to one great woman in history, she couldn't choose just one. She would speak to one of the many women who had made progress in male dominated fields such as politics, business, journalism and space exploration and thank them for making a difference by just doing their best and not allowing gender to be a barrier.

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