Management Team

Dedicated to Our Members & Partners

Jeannie Collins-Ardern, ICD.D, CFA, FRM, MA
Interim President & CEO

Women in Capital Markets

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​ and ​after 10 years moved to BM​O​ Nesbitt Burns, and then later to Manulife Financial. Most recently​,​ she was the Director, Exam Development at CFA Institute​ where she was​ responsible for the production and management of the Level III 

Over her career​,​ she has traded and managed portfolios of fixed income securities and foreign exchange, and has led trading desks, ​a​nalytics​,​ risk management​, and global asset allocation teams. As well as having deep ​f​ront-​o​ffice experience, she is an expert in ​b​ack- and ​m​iddle-​o​ffice functions and settlements. ​Jeannie is also an accomplished public speaker.

Following her most recent capital markets role, Jeannie has been concentrating on Board-level engagements​. Her areas of expertise include Investments, Governance and Enterprise Risk Oversight. She often takes leadership roles on the ​Board and ​B​oard committees ​o​n which she participates, and is always ​searching for new opportunities to learn and grow. Jeannie currently sits on ​three​ ​B​oards ​(she is currently on a leave of absence from WCM's Board of Directors) ​and is a member of ​three​ ​B​oard committees of additional organizations.

​Jeannie holds an ​H​BA 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).

Annie Smith
Director of Business Development

Women in Capital Markets

Annie Smith is the Director of Business Development at Women in Capital Markets. She has served in this role for more than two years. Having spent much of her career working alongside women in Canada's investment industry, Annie has seen first-hand the vital role they have played – and continue to play – in maintaining the efficiency and competitiveness of Canada's capital markets. Annie joined WCM after serving as a Managing Director at the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC). She has also worked at the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), and represented CFA Institute in Canada in her role as Vice President with a global public affairs and communications agency. Throughout her career, Annie has been a passionate supporter of colleagues in the early stages of their professional development. This commitment to mentorship and volunteerism aligns strongly with WCM's goal to "attract and develop a growing pool of talented professionals and advance those women into senior leadership positions in the industry". Annie is a graduate of Carleton University and has served as a volunteer and fundraiser for several local and national charities.

Katie Squires-Thompson
Director of Marketing & Western Operations

Women in Capital Markets

With a background in writing, video production, web design and social media and a strong interest in marketing, Katie brings a unique perspective and diverse skill set to the WCM team. She previously worked in film production where she wrote scripts and produced videos and media kits for clients including the Canadian Transportation Agency, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services and the Veterans Affairs Canada and worked with Epoch Multimedia to develop the interactive e-book 1812: Who Won the War? for high school classrooms across Canada and the United States. Katie's creativity and interest in web-design drove her to start her own business designing websites for local companies.

Katie attended Queen's University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Film and Media Studies.

Sara Anderson
Director of Programming & Eastern Operations

Women in Capital Markets

Sara came to WCM through her passion for gender diversity, equity and social innovation. Her multidisciplinary background in project management and operations combined with her creativity, innovation and strategy gives her a unique perspective within the organization. She has been with WCM for 3 and a half years, growing alongside an evolving organization. Her contributions center predominantly around programming, strategic development and operations.

Prior to WCM she worked as a photographer specializing in documentary and portrait styles and brand management. Her work as a photographer focused on themes of gender roles, stereotypes and the study of the individual's digital footprint within greater society and culture.

Sara is interested broadly in the intersection and dialogue around technology, disruption and innovation as it relates to society, culture, politics, economics and the environment.

Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours at the University of Trinity College, University of Toronto, with a major in History and double minor in Political Science and Women and Gender studies.

Tamar Bresler
Manager of Programming & Events - Eastern Operations

Women in Capital Markets

Tamar Bresler joined WCM in 2016. She previously worked in the entertainment industry, where she handled talent, sponsorships and events. Tamar's history working on charitable events, managing sponsorship requests and organizing public international concert tours, made her an excellent fit for WCM.

Tamar graduated from Queen's University with a BA Honours degree in Sociology.

Tamar was excited to join an organization dedicated to the advocacy of women within the work place, as she has a true passion for many social issues, especially gender diversity.

Nicole Reynolds
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Women in Capital Markets

Nicole joined the Women in Capital Markets team in 2017 as their marketing and communications coordinator. Nicole studied Business Administration for two years at Brock University before switching to Psychology at York University. She graduated from York University earlier this year. Before coming to WCM, Nicole has experience in handling social media content, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn etc., for small businesses. At WCM Nicole is responsible for handling our social media content, as well as working on our weekly newsletters, e-blasts, and website updates. 

With her knowledge in business, marketing and psychology, Nicole really understands how to analyze our demographic to create and find content specifically for our followers and members. 

Olga Filimonova
Graphic Designer

Women in Capital Markets

Olga came to WCM in 2017 with an interest and passion in women's success and self-realization. Before coming to WCM she graduated from Centennial college Graphic Design program with high honours where she was granted many awards for her work and high grades. She always aims to discover and learn new things; from this she found her passion and talent in arts and design after her first degree in computer programming.
Olga has a variety of work experience, starting from web-master freelancer to magazine layout designer and to self-employed event-manager, brand-designer and idea wizard in one person.

She strongly believes that it is the design that influences peoples' perception of everything they face and thus it can have a positive impact if done right and can send a strong message between the lines.

So with her high attention to detail, creativity and quality of work, she is responsible of everything regarding company's brand, feel and look.
She is happy to be a part of a big movement and to help support women in capital markets through design.

Jessica Toro
Manager of Programming & Events - Western Operations

Women in Capital Markets

Jessica joined the WCM team in 2016 with a background in customer service and logistics. Jessica can often be found with multiple spreadsheets opened fine tuning the back end of WCM's programs and awards. Within WCM Jessica is known for her passion for organization, time management skills and teamwork making her an excellent fit within the office.

Jessica obtained her Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Tourism Studies from Brock University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Event Management from Humber College.

Daniella Silveira
Operations Coordinator

Women in Capital Markets

Daniella joined WCM in 2017 as their Operations Coordinator. She has a myriad of experience under her belt, including: event management, research associate, community outreach leadership, and gymnastics coaching.

Daniella is driven by her passion for social change, originating from her roots within critical race and intersectional feminist theory. Combining her personal interests and previous work experience, made coming to the WCM team a clear choice.

Daniella holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, and a Master of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in Political Economy and International Development from the University of Toronto.


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