British Columbia Steering Committee

British Columbia Steering Committee

We invite you to view upcoming events and initiatives in WCM's British Columbia Chapter.

Brandon Newell

Co-Chair, WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Brandon Newell

Co-Chair, WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Brandon Newell is an Executive Director of Financial Solutions within the Global Markets segment at CIBC Capital Markets where he is responsible for the fixed income cash, credit, and derivatives business in Vancouver. Brandon manages institutional relationships with a focus on Treasuries, Mortgage Originators, Insurance Companies, Hedge Funds, Pension Funds, and other Real and Alternative Asset Managers. Brandon began his career on the sell side at CIBC in June 2012 after concluding a one year contract at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan within their Tactical Asset Allocation, Investments division where he was part of the Equity Products group that specialized in trading volatility as an asset class.

Brandon is active in several community care initiatives at CIBC, including the United Way Campaign, Movember, One for Change, Miracle Day, and the CIBC Annual Squash Tournament for Run for the Cure, which he helped originate. He is also a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion and has served in multiple capacities at Women in Capital Markets with a focus on men’s engagement. He is currently seated as Co-Chair of the WCM British Columbia Chapter Steering Committee.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in Finance from Saint Mary’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Lisa Stewart

Co-Chair, WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Lisa Stewart

Co-Chair, WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I am passionate about promoting gender equality in executive positions, beginning by educating young women about careers in finance and encouraging them to pursue a path that excites them.

Manijeh Colabella

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Manijeh Colabella

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Manijeh is a senior governance consultant and lawyer at WATSON Advisors Inc. where she helps boards of directors and their committees through governance reviews, board and director evaluations, and policy manual development. Manijeh also advises boards with respect to governance structures, frameworks and capacity assessments and is a facilitator in WATSON’s Governance Academy delivering governance education programs to both individual directors and boards. Manijeh has over 25 years of experience in governance and law working with private and public companies, regulatory bodies, not-for-profit organizations, member-based organizations, and Crown and public sector organizations. With extensive experience as a director, corporate secretary and general counsel and a deep knowledge of emerging governance issues, including environmental, social and governance (ESG) and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives, Manijeh provides thoughtful insight and expertise to boards and management teams that are practical, effective and enhance their organization’s success. She is also is a seasoned tax and corporate law specialist, with extensive experience advising public, private and family enterprises of varying size and complexity with respect to governance, business succession and continuity.


Prior to joining WATSON, Manijeh served as Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary of Calgary-based Alaris Royalty Corp., a TSX-listed equity capital provider to private companies across North America. At Alaris, Manijeh was an instrumental member of the senior executive team, a director on its subsidiary operating boards, and a key advisor to the board with respect to corporate governance and strategic objectives. She also practiced for a number of years as a tax and corporate lawyer at both a large, full-service law firm and a boutique tax and estate planning firm in Calgary where she advised businesses and their owners.

Manijeh holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Alberta and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting Concentration) from the University of Calgary. She also has her ICD.D certification through the Institute of Corporate Directors as well as her TEP (Trusts and Estates Practitioner) designation through the Society of Trusts and Estates Practitioners. She is a member of the law societies of British Columbia and Alberta.

Why I'm involved with WCM

I am passionate about helping WCM realize its mission of driving diversity in the boardroom and in leadership positions, and I am inspired to encourage young female professionals to propel to leadership positions in capital markets and related industries.

Natasha Copeland

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Natasha Copeland

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM:

To network and grow relationships with individuals in the British Columbia financial community.

Emily Davies

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Emily Davies

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM

I am passionate about helping the organization realize its mission of promoting gender equality in leadership. Careers in finance open this door and in sharing my experience, I hope to inspire others to give it a try.

Pippa Fry

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Pippa Fry

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM:

I am passionate about women in capital markets being aware of what they want, able to advance and realise their potential and ambitions. WCM supports this.

Brianne Gardner

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Brianne Gardner

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I am a strong believer that with collaboration and support among women in finance who have shared goals, will not only benefit personal career development, but also improve self-confidence which in turn will encourage us to reach our highest potential.

Parul Garg

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Parul Garg

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Catherine Heath

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Catherine Heath

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM
I consider myself very fortunate to work in such a fast-paced, interesting field as capital markets. I'm always surprised at how few young women are entering the industry. My goal is to get out and encourage young women to enter this exciting industry through university and high school outreach programs, and by providing mentorship and networking opportunities. In addition, I believe that it is important to have a venue for women currently working in the industry in British Columbia to get together, exchange ideas and support one another.

Lori Norman

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Lori Norman

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM

It's wonderful to be in a room with articulate, passionate women who want to support each other and promote capital markets and the opportunities that exist. From a self-serving viewpoint, it is refreshing not to have to explain to each other what we do for a living because we all actually know (and it doesn't look like Wolf on Wall Street).

Amar Pandya

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Amar Pandya

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Sabrina Haloulakos

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Sabrina Haloulakos

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Sabrina Haloulakos is the Vice President of Operations at Gravitas Securities Inc. where she is responsible for planning, directing, coordinating, and overseeing all operational activities in the organization. Ensuring development and implementation of efficient operations and cost-effective policies and procedures.

Skilled in Public Relations, Marketing, Corporate Strategy, Wealth Management, Full Organizational Operation, Event Planning, Investor Relations and Business Development, has her well equipped with a wide array of talents, including a unique vantage point that allows her to move the organization and boards she’s on; forward at an accelerated rate, keeping the objectives relevant to the current times. Sabrina began her career with Gravitas Securities in March 2017 and is currently seated as a board member of the WCM British Columbia Steering Committee focused on event planning and recruitment.


 

 

Laura Baker

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Laura Baker

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Laura Baker works on the Institutional Equity Sales desk in Vancouver, managing relationships with institutional portfolio managers, providing market commentary and generating trade ideas. Laura began her career at Macquarie Commodities and Global Markets in their Equity Rotational Program. Before joining CIBC, she worked as an equity research associate at TD Securities, covering the Metals and Mining space.

Laura graduated from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Commerce. 

Kirsten Nelms

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Kirsten Nelms

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Why I'm involved in WCM

My goal in joining WCM is to help foster a robust and candid network of women leaders in British Columbia.  

Olivia Evans

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Olivia Evans

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Why I'm involved with WCM:

I am passionate about educating younger women about the opportunities that exist within the industry, while advocating for the advancement of women into senior positions. Working alongside my peers at WCM, I am fortunate to be surrounded by like minded individuals who are actively working towards promoting gender equality in capital markets.

Amy McTavish

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Amy McTavish

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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C.P. (Chuck) McNaughton

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

C.P. (Chuck) McNaughton

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

As a father of two daughters and a member of the investment community, I truly believe that a change to the disparity in our industry is of the utmost importance. We already know that it will bring improvement to our society, work environments, and the businesses these women lead. I feel as though being an active champion for gender parity is one way in which I can contribute to the movement. It’s through my involvement with WCM (Women in Capital Markets) that I hope to be a positive part of that change.

Joanne Ho

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

Joanne Ho

WCM British Columbia Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I attended a WCM event during university and was inspired by the powerful, successful women. Throughout my schooling and UVIC's APMP, I noticed that my peers in the financial industry were mostly men. My goal is to engage and motivate young women to pursue a career in finance (or at least plant the thought!), by sharing my experiences and providing opportunities to thrive. 


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