Country of Origin:
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
Citizenship, Identity & Heritage, Multiculturalism & Diversity
Tina talks about her reasons for leaving Iran, and coming to Canada. She also speaks on what Canada means to her.
Tina Tehranchian is among the first-ever group of CFP professionals in Canada to receive the Fellow of FPSC™ distinction from the Financial Planners Standards Council in 2011. This is a distinction that formally recognizes individuals who have helped advance FPSC's vision of seeing Canadians improve their lives by engaging in financial planning.
A financial advisor since 1991, Tina specializes in assisting business owners and self-employed professionals in building wealth and developing sound financial and estate plans. Tina also specializes in providing creative and customized solutions to financial planning dilemmas and challenges faced by today's women.
Tina has often been quoted as an expert in her field in The Globe and Mail , The Toronto Star , The National Post, The Wall Street Journal , Metro and Profit Magazine , as well as in financial industry magazines such as The Investment Executive, Advisor.ca, and The Insurance Journal. She has also been featured in national radio and television shows such as BNN, CBC and CTV as a financial planning expert. She has taught personal financial planning at Centennial College's Center for Entrepreneurship for over ten years, and has been the recipient of numerous academic and professional awards.
Tina has also been actively involved in her community and has served as a director of the Markham Board of Trade and JVS of Greater Toronto and the treasurer of the Encyclopaedia Iranica Foundation, a charitable foundation based in New York City. She is currently serving as a governor of Seneca College, a director of Mackenzie Health Foundation (formerly York Central Hospital Foundation), a director of the Fort York Foundation and a trustee of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. She also serves as a member of the Planned Giving Advisory Committee of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation.
She holds a Master of Arts in communications from University of Portland, in Portland, Oregon, U.S.A. Tina is a branch manager. She has also earned a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) designation as well as the Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Chartered Financial Consultant (CHFC) designations.
I'm Tina Tehranchian, and I came to Canada in 1990, at the beginning of the recession of 1990, and right during the first Iraq war. Before that, I had lived in Iran for about five or six years after I'd graduated from university. I graduated at twenty with my masters in communications from that university, and went back to Iran with my husband.
We lived there for about five or six years. I worked in my field, which was communications. I had my son while we were there, and that's when we started thinking seriously about where we wanted to live the rest of our lives.
I love Iran and honestly, the decision to leave Iran was a tough one for me because I was having a good time - even during the Islamic republic. I had a lot of family and friends. But the main reason we decided to immigrate to Canada was for our son and his future. We did a lot of research about different countries. My immediate family - my parents, my sister - they all lived in England, and that was one of our choices too. But since we'd both studied in the U.S., we'd visited Canada, and we liked the North American lifestyle better. And I thought that Canada was... pretty much had the best aspects in terms of quality of life.
We decided to immigrate to Canada, so we came here in 1990. It was - like for any other immigrant - it was tough for the first few years, especially arriving at the beginning of a recession with jobs being scarce. But adjustment was no big deal because I had lived in the U.S. for quite a few years before, and the cultures - even though they have their own particular differences - they have quite a few similarities as well.
What Canada means to me is freedom to grow, and be the best that I can be. It means unlimited opportunity. A country I can truly call home. I think that Canada is a cultural mosaic that has proven that we can cherish our differences, and yet share a sense of national identity. I think that showing the world that diversity works is one of the greatest legacies of Canada.