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Director, Citizens Bank of Canada
Tazeem is a leader in business and the community. She is a corporate director, executive coach and consultant. She has a track record of success on corporate (public sector) and community boards, including an international development agency. Tazeem has taken on leadership roles as board and committee chair & vice-chair. She has a deep appreciation of public policy resulting from strategic, governance and management experience in three provincial Crown corporations, a highly reputable university, and an international development organization. As a director, she has been involved in CEO searches for several boards. Tazeem is also a seasoned executive and a recipient of the Woman of Distinction Award from the Vancouver YWCA for management & professions. She is an active member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and has her ICD.D designation. Recently Tazeem was selected as one of the top 50 Board ready candidates by the Canadian Board Diversity Council.
Tazeem’s current experience includes serving on Boards of Citizens Bank of Canada, WorksafeBC (Appointed Vice-Chair & Chair of HR&C Committee in 2015), and BCAA (British Columbia Automobile Association). Her past directorships include the B.C. Lottery Corporation, Vice Chair of Aga Khan Foundation Canada National Committee; Board of Governors at Simon Fraser University including chairing the Board; Canadian Unity Council; B.C. Leadership Centre; Vancouver 2010 Bid Corporation; U.S. Business for Social Responsibility; CPSI (Canadian Patient Safety Institute) and Family Services of the North Shore.
In addition to Tazeem’s rich board experience and corporate career she currently runs her own business as an Executive Coach & Senior Consultant (currently in association with Western Management Consultants). Past roles have included Senior Vice-President Operations, Interim CEO, and Vice-President of Human Resources and Environment at Vancity. She was also one of the first senior women leaders at BC Hydro as the Human Resources Division Manager and introduced major innovations in this role.
Tazeem’s education includes:
- ICD.D - Institute of Corporate Directors designation
- CHIC - Certified Coach, The Hudson Institute, USA
- BA (Honours), University of Leicester (UK)
- Numerous leadership programs including:
- Executive Development Program - Queen’s University, Ontario
- Executive Development Program for Women, Centre for Creative Leadership
About Citizens Bank
Citizens Bank was formed by Vancity in 1997 as a national bank that would take the largest credit union in Canada beyond the borders of B.C. We were the first and we’re still the only bank with a clear ethical policy. In April 2008, we became the first North American-based bank to be carbon neutral, which means that the CO2 emissions we create are now equal to the emissions we have reduced or offset elsewhere. We achieved this goal through a rigorous emissions reduction program focusing on energy use, staff travel, paper consumption and waste.