Accelerating Equality Across the Finance Industry

Women in Capital Markets (WCM) is the reflection of Canadian financial institutions and professionals uniting to accelerate gender equality at an industry level. We create solutions to propel equality through strategies and initiatives that grow the pipeline of women, build the industry’s knowledge of diversity and equality, and encourage a shift towards more inclusive work cultures and management styles. Our focus is on creating solutions for the progression of equality in Canadian finance through advocacy, research, programming and recruitment.


Through the collective power of all of our sponsors, the major Canadian bank owned dealers, independent and foreign dealers, Canadian asset managers and major pension plans, we have derived and continue to build solutions to accelerate equality for our industry.


WCM is unique for this approach, but also for its history, depth, reach, research and impact. WCM is the representation of professionals in Canadian capital markets that have come together to vote for equality and progress. Together, we are a community of over 3,500 members, of which 2,000 are professionals, 500 university students, 1,000 high school students. This makes WCM the largest network of female professionals in Canadian finance, with initiatives that have impacted the careers of countless female students and professionals across the country.


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 accelerate equality in Canadian finance.

Our mission: To accelerate equality across the finance industry.

We do this by:

  • BUILDING THE TALENT PIPELINE

    • Educating female students about the rewarding career opportunities in business and finance. Our high school and university programming inspires and empowers the next generation of female leaders by offering students 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 and internships for all career level women and university students;
    • 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 highlight areas of improvement. Research results are coupled with
    • Through the results of our research, organizations are offered strategies for the advancement or development of their diversity and inclusion policies and offered insights on how to build more diverse and inclusive corporate cultures;
    • Building awareness of the current state of gender diversity and providing education through the latest leading research driving gender diversity.
  • 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;
    • Advocacy and thought leadership by industry influencers in WCM's professional network;
    • Inspiring leaders and showcasing exceptional leadership through WCM Awards;
    • Thought leadership to executive management at Canada's leading financial institutions;
    • Working with governments and stakeholders to implement supportive policies;
    • Actively engaging with the media to bring gender diversity issues to the forefront of public dialogue.

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