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Last Updated: March 20 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 Leanne.

Leanne has been advising owner managed and entrepreneurial businesses in the areas of accounting and tax for over a decade. A trailblazer in her early career, Leanne was named to both the national and Dzurko honour rolls as one of the top 60 graduates in the country and top 11 in Alberta upon obtaining her CA designation. These academic achievements combined with her proven track record of providing actionable advice led Leanne to make one of the four women partners at Collins Barrow Red Deer LLP during a time where women accounted for half of Collins Barrow partner representation in the Red Deer Region.

Leanne is active in her community as both a participant and sponsor of local events with organizations like the Red Deer Hospice, Red Deer College, Canadian Cancer Society and Big Brothers and Sisters. Her tax knowledge led Leanne to become the banking director for the 2012 Scotties Tournament of Hearts, where her expertise was able to affect change on a national scale.

"Collins Barrow is comprised of a talented group of professional men and women who strive to never lose sight on providing clarity on a daily basis. By staying focused and being flexible in your desired outcome, success will inevitably ensue. You can overcome any obstacle when you put your heart and vision into your goals, and the professionals of Collins Barrow turn their passion for value into client solutions every day," says Leanne.

Did you know: If Leanne could speak to one great woman in history, it would be Marie Curie—a physicist and chemist who was pioneer of medical research. Leanne is also a proud supporter of the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, and she would thank Marie Curie for being an inspiration in the fight for professional equality and advancement in medicine.

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