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Tanya Ponnan (she/her) is a Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) professional with over 20 years of HR experience, coupled with NGO international development, and post-secondary educational work locally and internationally. As a coach, mentor, EQi2.0 practitioner, and Intercultural Development Inventory assessor, Ms. Ponnan utilizes her HR experience to assist businesses to implement diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging (DEIB) strategies and initiatives towards engaging our ever-growing multicultural workplaces.

Ms. Ponnan holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree, and most recently completed her Master of Arts, Global Leadership from Royal Roads University with her research focused on inclusion programs in Metro Vancouver’s organizations, educational institutions, and civic communities. Her research was shared at the International Leadership Association’s virtual DEI summit in 2021.

She is an active board member with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council, BC Division and LaSalle College Vancouver. In her free time, she can be found in a ceramic studio playing with clay.