Diversity. Inclusion. Equality. Change.

In corporate Canada today, only three per cent of TSX-listed companies have a female CEO and only 14 percent of board seats at TSX-listed firms are occupied by women. At this pace, we remain some 200 years from achieving parity. The risks of this reality are simply too great to be accepted. 

We must accept that what we have done to date has not yielded the results we need. It is the time for a dramatic and purposeful shift in management styles, cultures and corporate transparency. WCM is committed to advancing women in the finance industry and increasing the number of women in senior leadership roles in the Canadian economy. 

We are the largest network of professional women in the Canadian financial sector and the voice of advocacy for women in our industry. Our 2,000 members are diverse professionals in all segments of capital markets and related financial services. We work with our partners, members and the broader public to promote initiatives that successfully increase the economic empowerment of women and move the dial on women’s representation and participation across Canada's finance industry.

Succeeding in our mission and effectively driving positive change in our industry requires a concerted effort from us all; firms, government, family members, professional men and women. There is great strength in numbers and progress lies in the collective actions of individuals. We invite you to join our movement to leave gender parity as a legacy to the next generation. Together, we can make gender inequality history.

Our mission is to accelerate gender equality across Canadian finance.

We do this by:


    • Educating female students about the rewarding career opportunities in business and finance. Our high school and university student programming inspires and empowers the next generation of female leaders by offering exposure into the world of finance;
    • Our professional programming offers exceptional professional development and networking opportunities to women at all stages of their careers; supporting the advancement of women into more senior leadership roles and solutioning for increased retention of top female talent in the industry;
    • WCM’s members only job board hosts career opportunities for all career level women;
    • Our board-ready directory profiles executive women eligible to sit on a number of Board of Directors, increasing the representation of women on Canadian boards;
    • Renowned returnship program Return to Bay Street relaunches and retains top female talent in our industry;
    • Our mentorship program exemplifies the power of the human relationship. Mentors have the chance to give back in supporting the growth and development of a protegees goals and professional aspirations;
  • research

    • Through WCM led research and partnered research initiatives, we provide the industry with insights and data to reflect the progress made in gender equality and highlighting areas of improvement. Results are coupled with strategies for organizations to build more diverse and inclusive corporate cultures;
    • Building awareness of the current state of gender diversity and providing education on the latest leading research that are driving gender diversity;
    • Actively engaging with the media to bring gender diversity issues to the forefront of public dialogue;
    • Working with governments and stakeholders to implement supportive policies;
    • Inspiring leaders and showcasing exceptional leadership through WCM Awards;
    • Advocacy and thought leadership by industry influencers in WCM's professional network.
    • Thought leadership to executive management at Canada's leading financial institutions.
  • advocacy

    • Supporting our partners in championing change and thereby ensuring gender diversity is an internal priority;
    • Inspiring and equipping senior leaders with information to drive change internally;
    • Providing managers with educational tools and training to strengthen management styles;
    • Offering opportunities to firms and professionals at all career levels to drive change.

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