Tanya van Biesen

As Executive Director, Tanya van Biesen is responsible for the growth of Catalyst in Canada, working closely with CEOs, senior executives, and Supporter organizations across the country to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion. She is a recognized and accomplished executive with more than 20 years of experience in the executive search sector, most recently at Spencer Stuart, where she focused on search assignments at the board, CEO, and general management levels, and also led the firm’s Canadian Diversity Practice.

A passionate advocate for gender equality as a driver of economic growth and progress, Tanya is a sought-after speaker, thought leader, and architect of change. She has contributed to a number of research studies analyzing leadership trends and attributes, and is a frequent contributor to news media on issues related to women’s advancement, leadership and workplace equality. Tanya holds an MBA from the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Business and a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University. She speaks English, French, and Dutch.