Calgary Chapter

WCM is pleased to announce our expansion to Calgary! Our new national platform provides a powerful voice for change and action and we are excited to realize the benefits of this growth and evolution in our organization and our impact on the industry.

Women across the country, from university students to senior professionals, have expressed their commitment to WCM’s mission and have joined us in our efforts to drive change on a national scale. With this momentum, we look forward to increasing our reach and advancing women in these new markets.

In 2017, Thanks to the dedication and enthusiasm of our Steering Committee members, WCM will launch initiatives in Calgary, which include programs for female university students to educate and connect them with opportunities in the capital markets, to professional development and networking opportunities for women at all career stages in the industry.

 

WCM Calgary Kick-Off Social

WCM's Calgary chapter officially launched on Thursday, April 6, 2017 with a sold-out event in downtown Calgary. Women in Capital Markets would like to thank our event sponsor, Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., for a wonderful evening of planning and networking. With the introduction of the new WCM chapter, WCM is now represented in Canada's Big Four financial services centres and has more than 1,500 members nationally.

To complete our survey about our Calgary chapter, click here

Careers in Motion: How to Launch Your Board Career
 

On Wednesday May 10th, prepare yourself for the great leadership opportunity of serving on a Board, from getting started with not-for-profit boards to the path to corporate board. A panel of professionals with diverse board experience will share their insights on the value of sitting on a Board and the impact this experience can have on your career. They will also discuss the steps and skills you need to get Board-ready. This session is geared towards individuals who are looking to take this important step in their professional development or to advance in their board career. Register Now! >>

 

Recent Media Coverage:

Woman of the Week - Jennifer Reynolds, Women's Post | April 07, 2017

Alberta Needs to Improve Gender Diversity Performance
, Calgary Sun | April 06, 2017

Women-Focused Business Group Setting Roots in Calgary, 660 News | April 06, 2017

WCM Expanding to Calgary, Investment Executive | April 04, 2017

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join WCM Calgary?
You can become a WCM member by clicking the 'Join Now' button at wcm.ca. Membership is effective for 1 year from the date your payment is processed. Different membership options are available. A Full Membership is available for those working in the capital markets (cost $185). Associate Memberships are for those who are working outside of the capital markets but are interested in furthering the objectives of WCM (cost $125). We also offer memberships for university and high school students. More details >>

Can I volunteer with WCM Calgary?
Yes! We are currently building a database of Calgary volunteers. To get your name added to the list, please email [email protected] expressing your interest in volunteering for WCM's Calgary Chapter. We will add your name to the database and reach out when volunteer openings become available. If you have a preference, please also specify which committee you would like to volunteer with (High School/SheBiz, UniConnect, Mentorship, General).

Can I be a speaker at one of WCM's events?
We are always looking for speakers and panelists to feature at our events. If you are interested, please email [email protected] with your profile details.

How can my organization sponsor or partner with WCM?
We are always open to partnering with other organizations for events, as well as sponsors in Calgary. Please contact [email protected] for details and our sponsorship packages.

Our People
Jaclyn Perrot
Co-Chair, Calgary Chapter

Treasurer and Director of Investments: University of Calgary

Main goals of Co-Founding WCM Calgary:
I believe one of the main reasons young women are reluctant to pursue a career in the capital markets is a lack of awareness of the opportunities available to them. I am excited to be working with an organization that educates people on the benefits of gender diversity and encourages women to strive for senior level positions in our industry. My goals are to help women working with the capital markets to see their potential to advance and to educate the next generation of finance leaders on the benefits of diverse teams.

Marnie Smith
Co-Chair, Calgary Chapter

Managing Director and Head of Canadian Energy: Macquarie Group

Main goals of Co-Founding WCM Calgary:
I am extremely honoured to join the ranks of over 1,500 women across Canada who are part of the Women in Capital Markets network, and I am extremely excited to be part of this initiative in Calgary.

Through my career in investment banking I have been surprised by how few women I meet in boardrooms, in the "C-suite" and generally across the industry in Calgary. I am fortunate to work for a progressive company, which firmly believes in the value of diversity. Through Macquarie I have had the privilege of being involved in numerous training and sponsorship programs aimed at retaining high potential women across the firm. I believe these programs have made a positive impact on my career and I am certain there is a need in Calgary for similar programs and for the community that Women in Capital Markets can provide.

My goal is to create a community of female business professionals in Calgary, across capital markets, finance, industry and law that will drive change in our city by increasing the pipeline of young women pursuing professional careers in Calgary and by providing a network of support and sponsorship to ensure Calgary women continue to advance through the ranks of their professions.

Helen Kelly

Director, Investor Relations: MEG Energy

Why are you involved with WCM? 
I believe it is important for women to support each other in our careers. WCM offers a great forum for the meeting of like-minded women to share our experiences, ambitions and challenges, and offers a platform to give back to others who are considering a career in the capital markets.

Sevrika Galipeau

Portfolio Manager/Trader: Franklin Bissett Investment Management

Why are you involved with WCM? 
I became involved with WCM as a way to learn about different aspects of the capital markets and to meet other industry members in Calgary. Also, I'm excited to bring information and awareness to youth on career opportunities within the capital markets industry.

Shanlee von Vegesack

Associate, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Why are you involved with WCM?

I'm passionate about the development and advancement of women in capital markets. I believe creating a strong, genuine network of women is crucial for career longevity and success.

 

 

Jessica Brown

Associate, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Why are you involved with WCM?

I think it is important for women within the capital markets umbrella to connect with, and support, each other.



Chelsea McCune

Associate, Corporate Banking – Energy, The Bank of Nova Scotia

Why are you involved with WCM?

WCM provides women with the opportunity to develop and refine their skills to propel their career. I am passionate about meeting like-minded individuals, empowering young women entering the industry and developing initiatives to increase the representation of women in executive capacities.

Marielle James

Managing Director, Trading Products, BMO Capital Markets

Why are you involved with WCM?

I share BMO's values of diversity and inclusion in order to achieve excellence. I believe that we all benefit if we can draw on a range of experiences and backgrounds and go beyond our comfort zone.

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