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Ravina Bains is the 2018 recipient of the IIAC Top Under 40 Award.

Bains, vice-president of commercial banking and Canadian wealth management sales integration at Scotiabank, received the award at a luncheon on Thursday.

Bains joined Scotiabank in 2016 as the national director for aboriginal financial services after working as a policy director at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and for The Fraser Institute. She’s a co-chair of the Commercial Banking National Women’s Group and is a committee member of Impact at Scotiabank.

Bains holds a master’s in law from the University of Oxford and a BA from the University of British Columbia, and she’s working towards a PhD.

“She has further distinguished herself through her extensive experience and commitment to advancing policy issues related to the Indigenous Peoples of Canada both prior to and in her current role with Scotiabank,” Ian Russell, President and CEO of IIAC, said in a release.  “This work and her advocacy for women in leadership and as a board member for the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business were all determining factors in being selected the 2018 award recipient.”

The award recognizes employees of IIAC member firms “whose drive, dedication, personal and professional qualities and accomplishments have brought distinction to the investment/financial industry,” the organization says on its website.

IIAC also held a gala dinner Thursday to recognize its hall of fame inductees for 2018.