Money has deep emotional attachments. For women it represents safety, the ability to support ourselves and our children, provides security and most of all, it gives us choices. Trusting someone to help you make good decisions about money is something that took me 3 years of searching to find.

Tanysia Komers is a different kind of Certified Financial Planner. She studied Creative Writing at the University of Victoria, played varsity level rugby and took some time in Spain to complete an International Hospitality Internship. A self-proclaimed “nerd”, she fell in love with the complexities of financial planning and the personal relationships she builds with clients when she began her planning practice in 2010.

Tanysia retired from the sales industry managing 20 million dollars in 2018 in order to pursue the modernization of financial planning as a client-centric practice. She taught Risk & Retirement Planning with the SAIT School of Business for several years, working with the Financial Advisors Association of Canada (Advocis) to develop textbook and other content for the national CFP course material. She is researching towards a doctorate on the importance of wealth care, or financial literacy, to the individual and society as a whole.

When Tanysia isn’t promoting good money sense or corralling professionals for results, you can find her in the mountains, visiting beaches, or with her nose buried in a book.

Who was the greatest influence in your life?

Unknowingly Rachel Carson, who wrote Silent Spring. She did the research and presented it in such a way that she changed the way the world – and most importantly, industry- works almost overnight.

What book do you recommend?

I can’t answer this! All the books, every book. Any book. Read all the time, learn every day, stray outside of your genre lines and see how others view the world.

What are you most grateful for in your life?

The people who love me. They see me for who I am and accept me for all my facets. Without my people, life would be boring and empty.

Why did you choose to be an entrepreneur?

Freedom and independence. I have been writing that down since I was a teenager. I also have a mission and I know what needs to be done; so there’s no other choice, really.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

#1 Even if you are on the right path, you will get bowled over if you just stand there.

#2 Do not take everyone’s advice on business. Sure, you can listen, but there are a million different ways to be successful. Choose what’s best for you and feel free to ignore the rest.

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