Accelerating Equity Across the Finance Industry

WCM is a national not-for-profit organization founded in 1995. We execute our mission through:

  1. Building equity literacy
  2. Amplifying diverse talent
  3. Uniting Canada’s finance industry

Our partners include the major Canadian bank-owned dealers, independent and foreign dealers, asset managers, insurance firms, major pension plans, regulatory agencies, exchanges, and advisory firms. Our community of 3,500 professional and student members makes WCM the largest network of professionals in Canadian finance who have come together to vote for increased equity, diversity and inclusion.

Ways to support our mission towards equity and diversity: 

  • Become a WCM member at wcm.ca/join 
  • Support WCM research by completing future surveys and sharing with colleagues
  • Amplify and share WCM research and reports internally at your firm, in your network, and on social media

Our mission: Accelerating equity, diversity and inclusion in finance.

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 actionable recommendations for firms and individuals.
    • 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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