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Comox Valley resident makes WXN’s 100 most powerful women in Canada list

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Dana Collins of the Comox Valley has been named one of Canada’s top 100 most powerful women in 2021 by Women’s Executive Network (WXN).

The list celebrates Canadian women who are proponents for workforce diversity and inspire future leaders.

Collins was selected in the Manulife science and technology category.

She is the managing director of the Juniper Collective and was previously the executive director of the Canadian Institute of Forestry.

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“I’m honoured to be named amongst this illustrious group of powerful women who are all committed to inspiring change,” said Collins. “In a country that hosts nine per cent of the world’s forests, I feel fortunate to work within Canada’s forest sector, building a career dedicated to the sustainable management of our natural resources. Inclusion begets innovation and I’m committed to making the forest sector more inclusive. Given women make up approximately 17 per cent of the workforce, it’s imperative that we break down barriers, uplift under-represented voices, and encourage women to pursue rewarding careers in forestry. When we actively enable for diversity and inclusion, and foster a sense of belonging, workplaces, industries, and whole sectors can only strengthen.”

Collins was also the winner of the 2017 Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry.

The entire list of 2021 top 100 most powerful women award winners and more information can be found here.

“When I look at this year’s winners, I see a group of radically authentic women who remind us all of what it means to stand up with courage, for ourselves, and those around them,” said Sherri Stevens, owner and CEO of WXN. “By recognizing and celebrating the strength, fearlessness, resilience, and heart these women demonstrate, we can inspire more of the same in generations to come.” 

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