Partners in Advancing Women

Our partners are committed to increasing the number of women working in the industry and to advancing women into senior leadership roles in their organizations. We work closely with our partners to support their internal initiatives to advance women and to provide opportunities through WCM for professional development and networking for their employees. Our partners understand the business case for having more women in leadership roles and support our advocacy efforts to drive change in the industry.


Gold Corporate Champions


Established in 1817 as Bank of Montreal, BMO Financial Group is a highly diversified financial services organization. With total assets of $593 billion as of January 31, 2014, and approximately 45,500 employees, BMO provides a broad range of retail banking, wealth management and investment banking products and solutions and serves more than 12 million personal, commercial, corporate and institutional customers in North America and internationally.

» Learn more: BMO, BMO Capital Markets and BMO Nesbitt Burns

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CIBC (TSX, NYSE: CM), is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with a market capitalization of $40 billion and a Basel III Common Equity Tier 1 (CET1) ratio of 10.8%. Through three main businesses—Retail and Business Banking, Wealth Management, and CIBC Capital Markets —we provide a full range of financial products and services to nearly 11 million individual, small business, commercial, corporate and institutional clients in Canada and around the world. We have more than 44,000 employees dedicated to addressing the unique financial needs and challenges of our clients; delivering consistent and sustainable earnings for our shareholders; and giving back to our communities.

CIBC Capital Markets provides a wide range of customized solutions across securities, credit, investment banking and research to government, institutional, corporate and retail clients in Canada and in key markets globally.

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HSBC is one of the world's largest banking and financial services organisations. We serve around 38 million customers through four global businesses: Retail Banking and Wealth Management, Commercial Banking, Global Banking and Markets, and Global Private Banking. Our network covers 67 countries and territories in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa, North America and Latin America.

With around 3,900 offices worldwide, we aim to be where the growth is, connecting customers to opportunities, enabling businesses to thrive and economies to prosper, and ultimately helping people to fulfil their hopes and realise their ambitions. Learn More >>



Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations
in Asia, Canada and the United States and over 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services, which include individual life insurance, group life and health insurance, long-term care services, pension products, annuities, mutual funds and banking products.

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With $239 billion in assets as at April 30, 2017, National Bank of Canada, together with its subsidiaries, forms one of Canada's leading integrated financial groups. The Bank has more than 21,000 employees and is widely recognized as a top employer. The Bank's securities are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: NA). Follow the Bank's activities at or via social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (Ontario Teachers') is Canada's largest single-profession pension plan, with $171.4 billion in net assets at December 31, 2015. It holds a diverse global portfolio of assets, 80% of which is managed in-house, and has earned an annualized rate of return of 10.3% since the plan's founding in 1990. Ontario Teachers' is an independent organization headquartered in Toronto. Its Asia-Pacific region office is located in Hong Kong and its Europe, Middle East & Africa region office is in London. The defined-benefit plan, which is fully funded, invests and administers the pensions of the province of Ontario's 316,000 active members and retired teachers.

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RBC Capital Markets is the corporate and investment banking arm of the Royal Bank of Canada, the sixth largest bank in North America by market capitalization. RBC Capital Markets is a premier investment bank that provides a focused set of products, services and expertise to corporations, institutional investors and governments around the world. With more than 7,100 professionals in 15 countries, we deliver our products and services to clients in over 100 countries through operations across North America, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region.

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Scotiabank is a leading financial services provider in over 55 countries and Canada's most international bank. Through our team of more than 83,000 employees, Scotiabank and its affiliates offer a broad range of products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management, corporate and investment banking to over 21 million customers. Our core purpose is to be the best at helping clients become financially better off.

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With more than 3,500 people in 13 offices around the world, TD Securities provides a wide range of capital market products and services to corporate, government and institutional clients who choose us for our knowledge, innovation and experience in the following key areas of finance: Investment and Corporate Banking, Capital Markets, Interest Rate, Currency and Derivative Products,and Commodities.

With our history of delivering results, we've developed considerable strengths, including recognized trading expertise and street-level market intelligence that we use to consistently create value for our clients.

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Silver Corporate Champions

With $121.9 billion of managed assets, the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (BCI) is one of Canada's largest institutional investors within the global capital markets. We offer our public sector clients responsible investment programs across a range of asset classes: fixed income; mortgages; public and private equity; real estate; infrastructure; renewable resources; and long-term strategic themes. Our investments provide the returns that secure our clients' future payments and obligations.

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CBA.pngThe Canadian Bankers Association is the voice of more than 60 domestic and foreign banks that help drive Canada's economic growth and prosperity. The CBA advocates for public policies that contribute to a sound, thriving banking system to ensure Canadians can succeed in their financial goals. Banks in Canada are leaders in gender diversity and fully support efforts to remove barriers to help ensure that women achieve their full economic potential. 

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BlackRock is trusted to manage more money than any other investment firm*, and our business is investing on behalf of our clients, from large institutions to the parents and grandparents, the doctors and teachers who entrust their savings to us.

We work only for our clients—period. Our promise is to offer them insight about what to do with their money and the products and services that can help them plan for a better financial future. That's why companies, institutions and global governments come to us for help meeting their biggest financial challenges.

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CPA Ontario protects the public trust in the accounting profession. The public's trust in the CPA designation is the foundation on which our profession is built. Protecting that trust is fundamental to the work we do.

We serve and support over 87,000 members and 19,000 students in their careers and on their professional journeys.

Chartered Professional Accountants (CPAs) and Advanced Certificate in Accounting and Finance (ACAF)certificate holders occupy positions across business, government, public accounting, finance, and academia. You can find accountants in every sector of civil society.

CPAs help organizations navigate change and achieve excellence while adhering to high ethical standards and the profession's code of conduct.

CPAs are valued by organizations of all types and sizes for their financial expertise, strategic thinking,business insight, management skills and leadership.

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CPPIB is a professional investment management organization that invests the funds of the Canada Pension Plan on behalf of its 19 million Canadian contributors and beneficiaries. To meet this responsibility, CPPIB was created with a singular investment objective: to maximize returns without undue risk of loss. Our governance model – recognized worldwide as a leading standard for national pension plans – is critical to our ability to fulfill our responsibility. We operate at arm’s length from government while also being strictly accountable – through policies, regulations, and our enabling legislation.

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KPMG operates in over 40 locations across Canada. The firm's more than 700 partners and more than 6,500 employees provide crucial services to many of the top business, not for profit and government organizations in Canada. We work closely with our clients, helping them to manage risks and take advantage of opportunities.  


The Public Sector Pension Investment Board is a Canadian Crown corporation established to invest the amounts transferred by the Government of Canada equal to the proceeds of the net contributions since April 1, 2000, for the pension plans of the Public Service of Canada, the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and since March 1, 2007, for the Reserve Force Pension Plan.

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Bronze Corporate Champions


Through its principal subsidiaries, Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. (the "Company") is a leading independent, full-service financial services firm, with operations in two principal segments of the securities industry: wealth management and capital markets. Since its establishment in 1950, the Company has been driven by an unwavering commitment to building lasting client relationships. We achieve this by generating value for our individual, institutional and corporate clients through comprehensive investment solutions, brokerage services and investment banking services. The Company has offices in 10 countries worldwide, including Wealth Management offices located in Canada, Australia, the UK, Guernsey, Jersey, and the Isle of Man. Canaccord Genuity, the international capital markets division, operates in Canada, the US, the UK, France, Ireland, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Australia and Barbados. To us there are no foreign markets. Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. is publicly traded under the symbol CF on the TSX and the symbol CF. on the London Stock Exchange.

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Edward Jones

At Edward Jones, we help clients achieve their serious, long-term financial goals by understanding their needs and implementing tailored solutions. To help ensure a personal client experience, in North America, we have located our 14,000+ financial advisors* in offices in the neighborhoods where our nearly 7 million clients* live and work.

A typical branch office has one financial advisor who meets with clients face-to-face and one branch office administrator who help to provide exceptional service to enhance the team's ability to build deep relationships. Headquarters associates in St. Louis, Tempe and Mississauga, ON provide support and expertise to help U.S. and Canada branch teams deliver an ideal client experience.

*Edward Jones is a limited partnership in Ontario, Canada, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P., a Missouri limited partnership ("Jones US"). Jones US and its parent do not guarantee the obligations or liabilities of Edward Jones.

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Franklin Resources, Inc. [NYSE:BEN] is a global investment management organization operating as Franklin Templeton Investments. Franklin Templeton Investments provides global and domestic investment management to retail, institutional and sovereign wealth clients in over 150 countries. Through specialized teams, the company has expertise across all asset classes—including equity, fixed income, alternative and custom solutions. The company's more than 600 investment professionals are supported by its integrated, worldwide team of risk management professionals and global trading desk network. With offices in 35 countries, the California–based company has more than 65 years of investment experience and over US$763 billion (C$1,056) in assets under management as of December 31, 2015.

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GMP is a leading independent diversified financial services firm headquartered in Toronto, Canada, providing a wide range of financial products and services to a global client base that includes corporate clients, institutional investors and high-net-worth individuals in two integrated reporting segments. The Capital Markets segment provides investment banking, including advisory and underwriting services, institutional sales and trading and research through offices located in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, New York, Houston, Miami, Dallas, Hong Kong and Beijing. Wealth Management consists of GMP’s non-controlling ownership interest in Richardson GMP Limited. Richardson GMP Limited, Canada’s largest independent wealth management firm, is focused on providing exclusive and comprehensive wealth management and investment services delivered by an experienced team of investment professionals. GMP is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol “GMP”.

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Macquarie Group is a leading provider of financial, advisory, investment and funds management services. Our global operations include offices in the world's major financial centres. Opportunity drives us. Accountability defines us. It's why Macquarie is a leading financial services provider across a diverse range of sectors around the world. With a responsibility to our shareholders, clients and the broader community, we use our deep expertise and entrepreneurial drive to identify and deliver opportunity.

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OMERS was established in 1962 to serve local government employees across Ontario. Today, we represent 982 employers and almost 440,000 members, retirees and survivors and manage a diversified global portfolio of stocks and bonds as well as real estate, infrastructure and private equity investments. As one of Canada's largest pension plans, OMERS continues on a path of steady growth: growth in assets under management and growth in membership, supported by a strong vision for a secure, sustainable and prosperous future.

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With assets of $18.4 billion, OPTrust invests and manages one of Canada's largest pension funds and administers the OPSEU Pension Plan, a defined benefit plan with almost 87,000 members and retirees. OPTrust was established to give plan members and the Government of Ontario an equal voice in the administration of the Plan and the investment of its assets, through joint trusteeship. OPTrust is governed by a 10-member Board of Trustees, five of whom are appointed by OPSEU and five by the Government of Ontario.

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Raymond James is one of North America's leading full-service investment dealers with an extensive presence across Canada and the United States. Raymond James Ltd. is the Canadian subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. Established in 1962, our parent firm made its initial public offering in 1983 and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange using the ticker symbol RJF. 

We offer a wide-range of services for individual and institutional clients and corporate issuers. Our Financial Advisors have access to a complete offering of high quality investment products and services, providing them with the resources to customize investment solutions for their clients. Our Equity Capital Markets division provides expertise in Investment Banking, Research, Corporate Finance, and Institutional Sales & Trading.

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At Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), we serve a diverse national and international client base, and our integrated office network provides clients with access to the Firm's full spectrum of capabilities in virtually every area of business law. Blakes has offices across Canada and in New York, London, Bahrain and Beijing, along with associated offices in Al-Khobar and Riyadh. Thanks to our clients, Blakes was ranked as having the leading law firm brand in Acritas' Canadian Law Firm Index 2016. This is the second time we have received this recognition. Blakes was also named Canada Law Firm of the Year for the eighth consecutive year in the Who's Who Legal Awards 2016 and is the top-ranked Canadian firm in Chambers Global: The World's Leading Lawyers for Business 2016. In 2015, we were named one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers by Mediacorp Canada Inc. for the fifth time and selected as one of the most innovative law firms in the BTI Brand Elite.

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Citi, the leading global bank, has approximately 200 million customer accounts and does business in more than 160 countries and jurisdictions. Citi provides consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit, corporate and investment banking, securities brokerage, transaction services, and wealth management.

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Coinsquare is SSL and 2FA enabled, with a 95% cold storage policy on all digital currency. Our mission is to revolutionize and simplify the buying and selling of digital assets, while focusing on top-of-the-line security and user experience. Learn More >>


Felix is the leading North American provider of high-touch Career Transition (Outplacement), Coaching, Team Optimization, and Leadership Development.

At Felix, we champion a highly responsive customer-focused approach. Unlike the competitive marketplace, our support extends well beyond program delivery – one of the many reasons we have a 98% customer retention rate lasting 30+ years – Felix acts as a partner, not a vendor.

Our passionate team across North America all have professional business backgrounds with a diverse range of academic and industry experience: MBAs, MAs, PhDs, CHRLs, and ICF certified coaches.

In recent years, Felix managed over 50% of the reported layoffs in Canada's financial sector, developed thousands of emerging leaders, and spearheaded diversity programs driving real change. Trusted by top tier brands, the choice is clear.

Felix - real people, real impact.

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The Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) is the national association representing the position of 129 IIROC-regulated Dealer Member firms on securities regulation, public policy and industry issues. These dealer firms are the key intermediaries in Canadian capital markets, accounting for the vast majority of financial advisory services, securities trading and underwriting in public and private markets for governments and corporations.

The IIAC works to foster a vibrant, prosperous investment industry driven by strong and efficient capital markets. The IIAC speaks out to regulators and government with a strong voice on the issues that matter to investment dealers and capital markets. It drives greater awareness of business and industry trends and supports members with a full array of services to ensure their ongoing success.

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Founded with a strong commitment to empower buyside investors, ITG is an independent research broker partnering with global portfolio managers and traders throughout the investment process, from investment decision through to settlement. With 16 offices in 10 countries and multi-asset capabilities that support the needs of large equity portfolios, we combine the power of global reach with the precision of local vision. Bringing together market-leading tools and unmatched expertise, we have helped clients understand market trends, improve performance, mitigate risk, and navigate increasingly complex markets.

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PIMCO is one of the world's premier fixed income investment managers.

With our launch in 1971 in Newport Beach, California, PIMCO introduced investors to a total return approach to fixed income investing. In the 45+ years since, we have continued to bring innovation and expertise to our partnership with clients seeking the best investment solutions. Today our professionals work in 12 offices across the globe, united by a single purpose: creating opportunities for investors in every environment.

PIMCO partners with a wide range of institutions, including corporations, central banks, universities, endowments and foundations, and public and private pension and retirement plans. In addition we work with financial advisors and millions of individual investors pursuing personal financial goals, from preparing for retirement to funding higher education. Investing our clients' assets is a tremendous responsibility, and for that reason there can be no shortcuts. We work relentlessly to help these investors reach their goals.

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Richardson GMP
Trusted. Canadian. Independent.

Richardson GMP is Canada's largest independent wealth management firm, entrusted with over $29 billion in client assets. With offices across the country, we are home to some of Canada's most distinguished Investment Advisors.

All Richardson GMP Advisors share a passion for professionalism and a commitment to delivering unbiased - and unparalleled - wealth management solutions. They are supported by the substantial resources of our founding companies and their respective track records of success in Canada. 

We are proudly Canadian. Fiercely independent. And dedicated to earning and rewarding your trust as stewards of you wealth. 

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EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities.

EY is proudly celebrating 150 years in Canada.

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Our Corporate Champions

Gold Corporate Champions

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  •  HSBC
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Silver Corporate Champions

    • BCI
    • blackrock
    • CBA
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    • KPMG
    • PSP investments

Bronze Corporate Champions
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