Mari joined Scotiabank Global Banking & Markets (previously Scotia Capital) in 2007 in the Sales & Trading rotation program, becoming part of the Foreign Exchange Sales team in 2008. In her current role, she assists investment managers in managing their foreign exchange exposures. Previous to Scotia Capital, Mari spent four years in Scotiabank's wealth management area, most recently in Institutional Sales. Mari completed her MBA in Global Asset and Wealth Management from Simon Fraser University (Vancouver) in 2004 and holds a BBA in Finance, also from SFU. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst and Chartered Market Technician designations. Mari has been an active member of Women in Capital Markets since 2008, and has served on the Board of Directors since 2011. She was Chair of the High School Liaison Committee from 2011-12, and Co-Chair from 2010-11.
Managing Director, Corporate Banking: CIBC Capital Markets
Sheryl is currently Managing Director and Head, Financial Institutions and Public Sector, and is responsible for overseeing CIBC's corporate banking relationships with non-bank financial institution and public sector clients. In this role, Sheryl leads client coverage, loan origination and deal execution activities. She is a member of CIBC's Global Leadership Team, the Capital Markets MD Selection Committee, and the Corporate Banking Underwriting Committee. Sheryl joined CIBC in 2009 as Managing Director and Head of Specialized Credit Group, a new group created to manage the trading credit relationships of global financial institution clients. In that role she established five teams in Toronto, New York, London and Hong Kong. Prior to joining CIBC, Sheryl worked at Citi Canada in corporate banking with responsibility for many of the firm's top multinational clients. While at Citi, Sheryl co-founded and co-chaired the Women's Council, for which she received a Leadership Recognition award.
Sheryl has been on the Board of WCM since 2012, most recently serving as Treasurer and Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee. Sheryl is a member of the WCM Women in Leadership network and an active mentor in the mentoring program. She was a recipient of the WCM Executive Coaching Award in 2011.
Sheryl holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business.
Michele is currently Senior Vice-President and Managing Director, Client Strategy and Execution, BMO Nesbitt Burns. In this role, Michele is accountable for leading significant, sustained, and measurable improvements in our clients' perceptions of the quality, consistency, and timeliness of services provided by our Branches and Head Office support groups. She also ensures the voice of the client is firmly entrenched into the business strategy of BMO Nesbitt Burns. Since joining Burns Fry in 1989, Michele has held increasingly senior positions throughout her career primarily focused in Operations. In 2006, she was appointed Head of Private Client Group Operations. In that role, she was accountable for the delivery of operational services to the lines of business within the wealth management businesses in BMO Financial Group. Michele holds a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Toronto and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. She also serves as a Director for the Canadian Depository for Securities.
Mary is a Managing Director in the Equity Capital Markets Group at Scotiabank. Mary initially joined the Investment Banking team in 1997 and transferred to the Equity Capital Markets group in 1999. Mary has served as a member of Scotia Capital's Equity Liability Committee for over 13 years.
Mary is responsible for client coverage and transaction origination primarily for the Real Estate and Diversified Industries Groups. Mary brings knowledge and expertise in the areas of syndication, structuring, pricing and marketing to develop capital markets solutions for leading North American corporations wishing to access the Canadian markets. Mary has played a significant role in over $55 billion of IPO, equity, preferred share and convertible debenture transactions for which Scotiabank acted as Lead Manager. Prior to joining Scotiabank, Mary spent five years with KPMG, originally in the Audit practice and later with the Corporate Finance Group.
In addition to her role on the WCM Board of Directors, Mary will also serve on WCM's Finance and Audit Committee. Mary has supported WCM since 2009, acting as a speaker at a number of events including the WCM Analyst Session (2009), WCM Mentor Luncheon (2009), WCM University Connections (2010) and the WCM Return to Bay Street Conference (2013). Mary has been a mentor in WCM's Mentoring Program since 2011.
Mary is a Chartered Accountant and holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto and a MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
Chief Operating Officer:
Nathalie joined Capital One Bank in 2014. In that role, she is responsible for the overall delivery of legal services to the Canadian activities of the bank in addition to having responsibility for government relations. Prior to that she was General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for the Canadian Bankers Association (CBA). As part of the executive team, she acted as the lead legal advisor for the CBA and was responsible for coordinating the delivery of legal services for the Association. Ms. Clark also supervised the management of the Fraud & Security Division and the CBA's Quebec Office and was responsible for the management of the CBA's Consumer Affairs Policy team.
She is a Director on the Boards of The Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada and of Women in Capital Markets.
Ms. Clark graduated from the University of Ottawa and the University of Toronto with respectively a Bachelors Degree in Civil and Common Law. She also obtained her Masters Degree in Health Law from Sherbrooke University. She is a member of both the Quebec and Ontario Bar.
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer: PSP Investments
A senior human resources executive with 30 years of global experience, Giulia Cirillo is recognized for her transformational leadership, primarily focused on talent management, leadership and people development, as well as organizational cultural renewal.
As a key member of international management teams, Giulia has been involved in significant organizational initiatives such as IPO, mergers & acquisitions, divestments and joint ventures. Throughout her career, she has been the executive sponsor and leader of various global strategic projects, within the HR function and beyond, involving internal and external stakeholders, while ensuring expected outcomes and managing change impact. Her expertise in the manufacturing, consumer products and the commodity industries has given her a broad understanding of different socio-economic and organizational dynamics and the value of embracing diversity and leveraging effective collaborative teamwork. In her most recent position, she has been part of the C-suite and corporate officer of the company, as well as the liaison to the Human Resources, Nomination and Governance Committee of the Board.
Giulia has enjoyed her career working for world-class organizations such as BRP, Rio Tinto, Rio Tinto Alcan, Alcan Global Packaging, algroup-wheaton, Alusuisse, International Paints, and the Hudson Bay Company. As a senior executive consultant, she is currently building human resources and organizational development strategies for CEOs and leadership teams.
Currently, Giulia is a member of the McGill-HEC EMBA Advisory Board. She has served as a member of the John Molson School of Business MBA International Case Competition Board from 2008 to 2016; was co-president of the Greater Montreal Centraide Campaign in 2008, and a member of the Board of Directors for CIRANO from 2008 to 2010. She obtained a Masters of Business Administration from McGill University & HEC Montréal, and an undergraduate degree in Economics and Industrial Relations from McGill University.
ICD.D, CFA, FRM
Jeannie has enjoyed more than 30 years of success in the North American capital markets and has had global markets exposure. She started her career at the Bank of Canada, after 10 years moved to BMO Nesbitt Burns, and then later to Manulife Financial. Most recently she was the Director, Exam Development at the CFA Institute, responsible for the production and management of the Level III exam. Over her career she has traded and managed portfolios of fixed income securities and foreign exchange, and has led trading desks, Analytics teams, risk management teams, and global asset allocation teams. As well as having deep Front-Office experience, she is an expert in Back- and Middle-Office functions and settlements. Ms. Collins-Ardern is also an accomplished public speaker.
Following her most recent capital markets role, Jeannie has been concentrating on Board-level engagements on a full-time basis. Her areas of expertise include Investments, Governance and Enterprise Risk Oversight. She often takes leadership roles on the board and board committees in which she participates, and is always looking for new opportunities to learn and grow. Jeannie currently sits on 3 boards and is a member of 3 board committees of additional organizations.
Ms. Collins-Ardern holds an HBA degree in Economics from Brock University, and a Master of Arts (Economics) degree from the University of Toronto. She also holds three professional designations: ICD.D (Professional Director), CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst), and FRM (Financial Risk Manager). She has passed the Canadian Partners, Directors & Officers' Exam and completed several governance- and risk-related courses for Board Directors through the Institute of Corporate Directors, the Rotman School of Management (U of T) and the deGroote School of Business (McMaster).
Chief Financial Officer, TD Securities, Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group
As Chief Financial Officer for TD Securities, Malcolm Lang is responsible for overseeing and leading the Finance Department of TD Securities. In this role, Malcolm is responsible for providing in-depth performance analysis as well as value added financial advice to help drive the TD Securities strategy. He is also a member of the TD Securities Supervisory Committee.
Malcolm joined TD Bank in 2002. Prior to becoming CFO for TD Securities, Malcolm was Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, TD Securities USA and between 2010 and 2013, he was Managing Director & Chief Operating Officer, TD Securities, Europe based in London. Prior to that, Malcolm held positions in Finance and Treasury and Balance Sheet Management.
Malcolm is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. He has also completed the Wharton/RMA Advanced Risk Management Program and the Rotman Integrative Thinking program. As a supporter of giving back to the communities in which he works and lives, Malcolm is also active in TD Securities' diversity initiatives and helped launch the TD Securities Underwriting Hope Campaign & Auction in London and New York.
CFO: Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc.
Annie Ropar is the Chief Financial Officer of Aequitas NEO Exchange Inc., Canada's newest stock exchange, and has been with the company since its inception. Previously, Annie was Managing Director, Global Equities at RBC Capital Markets where she was responsible for business management and strategy execution for the institutional sales and trading side of the business. During her career at RBC, she was also a Partner with RBC Capital Partners overseeing the bank's private equity activities. Prior to RBC, Annie spent 7 years at CIT Group Inc. as Senior Vice President and Group CFO of what was then their Structured Finance Division. Annie is a Canadian CA, CPA and also holds a U.S. CPA designation. She also currently serves as a director on the board of Ontario Capital Growth Corporation. Annie started her career at Deloitte & Touche in Toronto.
Melissa Sonberg has enjoyed 30 years of international leadership success across a wide range of enterprises, always playing key roles at the heart of transformative change. Throughout her career and as a member of the C-suite, she has developed significant expertise balancing profitable operational execution with effective governance, amid multiple stakeholder demands.
Following her most recent corporate role, as a founding member of the executive team leading a young and rapidly expanding company from carve-out to IPO, driving international expansion through M+A around the world, and spearheading the creation and launch of a new global brand, Melissa's focus is now on Board-level engagements, while sharing her expertise with the next generation of global business leaders at the Desautels Faculty of Management of McGill University.
Her current board mandates center on client-focused enterprises facing transformative market opportunities and significant execution challenges, often within highly regulated environments. These engagements leverage her broad general management experience within consumer goods/services and deep expertise in strategic planning, talent management, stakeholder communications, and oversight of the legal and financial mechanisms underlying rapid enterprise growth.
Head of Institutional ETF Business, Vanguard Investments Canada
Prior to joining Vanguard Investments Canada, Greg served as the Global Head of ETF Distribution at RBC Capital Markets. Before this, he was the Managing Director and Head of iShares Business Development at BlackRock Asset Management Canada Limited. Greg also served as a Director of Institutional Fixed Income at Dundee Securities and held increasingly senior positions at Bank of Montreal, including Vice President in a fixed income investment management group that specialized in managing credit risk assets.
In addition to Women in Capital Markets, Greg has held positions on a number of investment industry boards, including the Buy-Side Investment Management Association (BIMA).
He is a Chartered Financial Analyst charterholder and holds an HBA in Economics and Financial Management from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Jennifer Reynolds is the President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets and has been an active advocate and supporter of the advancement of women in the industry over her career. Prior to joining WCM, Jennifer spent 15 years working in the capital markets industry, most recently at Stonecap Securities where she was Managing Director and Head of the Diversified Industries Investment Banking group. Jennifer has also held senior investment banking roles with BMO Capital Markets where she worked from 2000 to 2010, beginning as an Associate and progressing to Director before joining the venture capital industry as a Director with OMERS Ventures.
Jennifer is an Honorary Chair of the Princess Margaret Hospital Weekend Walk to End Women's Cancers and is a former Director and Chair of the Board of the Microskills Business Incubator and Director on the Board of Studio 180, an independent, Toronto based theatre company. Jennifer has been active in WCM's Mentorship and High School Liaison committees over the years and has been a member of Canadian Women in Private Equity. While at BMO Capital Markets Jennifer spent several years running the Associate and Analyst Mentorship program and was a member of BMO's Diversity Council.
Jennifer received her MBA from McGill University, and a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Economics and Political Science from McGill University.