Coast Capital Savings president and CEO Tracy Redies has been appointed to the board of governors of the University of Victoria effective September 7 and also named one of the Top 25 Women of Influence of 2013.

Redies’ appointment to the University of Victoria board runs till July 31, 2014. Redies, who is a UVic alumna, said serving on the board is an opportunity to give back to an institution that played an important role in laying the academic foundation for her professional development and career.

The Top 25 Women of Influence of 2013 ranking is designed to celebrate and showcase the achievements of the most influential Canadian women in business, health, non-government organizations, professional services, and the public sector over the course of the last year.

“We included Tracy Redies as one of five women in the business category because her accomplishments in the banking sector make her an important role model for Canadian women and girls who aspire to leadership in industry, especially in areas traditionally dominated by men,” Carolyn Lawrence, president and CEO of Women of Influence Inc.

Two other women with ties to the Canadian financial services industry were also included in this year’s Top 25 ranking: Kimberley Mason, regional president, Atlantic Provinces, RBC Royal Bank; and Evelyn Jacks, president, Knowledge Bureau.

Redies holds a BA with a double major in Economics and Pacific Asian Studies from UVic. In addition, she holds an MSc in Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. She has more than 25 years of experience in the domestic and international financial services industry. Redies also sits on the boards of Canada’s 10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures, the Business Council of BC, CH.I.L.D, the CD Howe Institute and the Surrey Memorial Hospital Foundation.

Surrey, B.C.-based Coast Capital Savings Credit Union is Canada’s largest credit union by membership with 504,000 members, total assets under administration of $14.6 billion and 50 branches.