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Stepping up. Stepping forward. WOMEN IN CAPITAL MARKETS

Women in Capital Markets influences the entry, advancement, and development of women in the capital markets industry. Since 1995, WCM has been dedicated to advancing women in capital markets and to promoting positive change in the industry. Join today and leverage our industry-wide bench strength of female mentors, role models and networking opportunities. WHY NOW?

There is a strong demand for continued measurement and accountability as men continue to outnumber women four-to-one across the industry. According to Catalyst’s Report to WCM: Benchmarking 2008, gender diversity in the workplace remains a barrier as it relates to retention, advancement and work-life balance. Together with Catalyst, WCM has undertaken research that provides an action plan for gender diversity in the Canadian capital markets. A non-profit association, WCM offers women in this dynamic industry many advantages, including: NETWORKING

WCM’s various speaker series, clubs and other events are tailored to meet the needs of our diverse membership base. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Seminars and presentations that focus on topics such as communication, self-promotion, salary negotiation and leadership in the workplace. MENTORSHIP

The largest program of its kind in Canada, WCM mentorship opportunities support women in the industry at all stages of their careers.


WCM helps members gain valuable insight from executive recruiters and coaches on both career and work-life balance. The Executive Coaching Award Program strengthens development in senior leadership roles. YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

WCM strives to educate and inform female students, at high schools and universities, about the opportunities that exist within the capital markets industry, and provides support through the Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship Fund. MENTOR LUNCHES

Industry role models and past WCM Executive Coaching Award winners share their experiences and advice at these exclusive monthly gatherings. WCM AWARDS

WCM recognizes members of the financial community annually with its Rising Star and Leadership Awards. WCM also provides support for senior women in the industry with the WCM Executive Coaching Award Program sponsored by BMO Nesbitt Burns and also to those seeking to return to work in the capital markets through the Return to Bay Street Program sponsored by BMO Capital Markets. SENIOR EXECUTIVES

Engaging women at the senior executive level is also a focus for WCM. Through the WCM Senior Women’s Network, introduced in 2009, a small group of women in senior leadership positions (by invitation only) have enjoyed exclusive events designed for peer networking, personal and professional development. EXCLUSIVE DISCOUNTS

WCM members enjoy exclusive discounts to events, conferences, retailers and service providers in the Greater Toronto Area. Consider WCM the key to invaluable, relevant information about a career in the capital markets, and women in the workplace. Members receive regular updates to stay abreast of WCM events, and relevant articles in the news.

WCM supports women during every step of their career in the capital markets. Join today. Senior Women’s Network Executive Coaching & Return to Bay Street Programs Career Management & Professional Development Mentorship & Networking

Catalyst Benchmarking & Research University Connections & Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship Fund

High School Liaison Program

WCM Awards recognize leaders, rising stars and support women in advancing their careers.

WCM 2012/2013 Featured Events

October 2012 WCM Awards Luncheon January 2013 Winter Member Social March 2013 Annual Vinifera May 2013 WCM Annual General Meeting Summer 2013 Annual WCM Golf Tournament TO CONFIRM EVENT DETAILS AND TO REGISTER, VISIT WCM.CA.

Join WCM throughout the year at our many informative and interactive programs. A Day in the Life

A luncheon series that focuses on providing perspective on what it is like to work in a particular area or role within the capital markets and the specifics of the technical aspects involved. It is intended for those looking at options, looking to make a career move or wanting to understand how a certain area fits into the capital market landscape.

Career Management

Focusing on the “how to”, arming participants with takeaways on technical matters pertaining to career management. Sessions, held over lunch, will typically be workshop style and interactive. Topics will include effective resume writing, interview bootcamp, career transitioning and using social media to network.

Coached for Success

Intended for those in mid- to later-stage careers (7+ years of industry experience), provides the opportunity for a small number of participants to meet informally with past WCM Executive Coaching Award Winners. They will share experiences, perspectives and candid thoughts on climbing the corporate ladder in the capital markets.

FMC Sharpen your Skills

Generously sponsored by FMC Law and hosted at their offices. The series focuses on providing informative, engaging and educational luncheon seminars on topics that will help improve and sharpen various skills used in the workplace on a daily basis. Sample topics include leadership, networking, negotiation and presentations.

Managing Motherhood

Explores the idea of whether “going long on work means shorting family”. The series is aimed at providing resources for women at all stages of motherhood — women contemplating starting a family, women on maternity leave and women returning to work. The series offers a forum for sharing and discussing hot topics, challenges and solutions.

Mentor Lunches

Provide an opportunity to meet informally with a leader in the industry who will share her experiences, insights and advice with professionals in Capital Markets. These lunches are limited to a small number of participants to allow for a highly interactive discussion.

Polished Professionalism

Dealing with the “softer side” of business. Topics covered will include dressing for success, etiquette and the art of conversation.

Successful Student Stories

Recipients of the Heather L. Main Scholarship will speak at informal lunches, sharing a peer perspective for students or recent graduates on Bay Street.

Board of Directors Kathryn Smith Chair Michele Goddard Vice Chair AnneMarie Ryan Past Chair Samantha Cheung Director Mari Jensen Director Brenda Hogan Director Irene Markus Director Cindy Forbes Director Martha Fell Chief Executive Officer

Advisory Council Jacqui Allard President, Manulife Asset Management Canada & Global Chief Operating Officer, Manulife Asset Management Mark Hughes Chief Operating Officer, RBC Capital Markets

Heather Kaine Partner, Financial Services Audit, National Director, Investment Dealer Practice, KPMG Rick Meslin CEO & Head of Canadian Equities, UBS Canada Richard Nesbitt Chairman & CEO, CIBC World Markets Inc. Anne Marie O’Donovan Executive Vice-President & CAO, Global Banking and Markets, Scotiabank Ricardo Pascoe EVP Financial Markets, National Bank Patti Perras Shugart Chair, WCM Advisory Council Managing Director & Head, Corporate Banking & Deputy Head of Global Credit, RBC Capital Markets Carol Stephenson Dean, Richard Ivey School of Business Connie Sugiyama Deputy Chair and Partner, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP Eric Tripp President, BMO Capital Markets

Martine Irman Vice Chair, TD Securities

Eric Wetlaufer Senior Vice President, Public Market Investments, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board

Heather-Anne Irwin Adjunct Professor, Rotman & Founding WCM President

Ruth Woods COO, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP


WCM appreciates the generous support of the following Corporate Champions:




WCM Overview Brochure  
WCM Overview Brochure  

Provides an overview of what WCM is, programs and events offered and benefits of membership.