Management Team

Katie Squires-Thompson

Chief Strategy Officer

Women in Capital Markets

Katie Squires-Thompson

Chief Strategy Officer

Women in Capital Markets

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With a background in writing, video production, web design and social media along with 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 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.

Lindsey Walton

Director of Programming and Engagement

Women in Capital Markets

Lindsey Walton

Director of Programming and Engagement

Women in Capital Markets

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Lindsey has worked in the capital markets space for over a decade. She got her start in venture capital and has spent the majority of her career with CIBC Capital Markets Risk Management (CMRM) as a risk manager sitting on the trading floor. She mainly worked with the foreign exchange and global collateral finance businesses to ensure the associated risks were properly captured and remained within the risk appetite set out by the Board of Directors.

Lindsey is a passionate advocate for gender diversity, having led committees within the CMRM space and attended women’s advocacy events regularly. She is also a very active member in her community at Yonge and Eglinton in Toronto. Lindsey has successfully lobbied for a number of safety precautions around the Eglinton LRT construction beside Eglinton Junior Public school. Her lobbying drew attention from the CBC who helped to promote her struggle. Lindsey’s efforts to reduce overcrowding in the school have been documented in multiple local print articles and she has secured the help of Premier Wynne to review expanding the school property.

Lindsey is the mother of 2 young girls. She has a BSc in math and holds CFA and PRM designations. 

Annie Smith

Director of Business Development

Women in Capital Markets

Annie Smith

Director of Business Development

Women in Capital Markets

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Annie is the Director of Operations at Women in Capital Markets. She has served in this role for almost three 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. She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of LGBT in Capital Markets.

Tamar Bresler

Manager of Programming & Events

Women in Capital Markets

Tamar Bresler

Manager of Programming & Events

Women in Capital Markets

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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 Bachelor of Arts, 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.

Jessica Toro

Manager of Programming & Events

Women in Capital Markets

Jessica Toro

Manager of Programming & Events

Women in Capital Markets

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Jessica joined the WCM team in 2016 with a background in customer service and logistics. Jessica can often be found with multiple open spreadsheets fine tuning the back end of WCM's programs and awards. Among her colleagues, 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.

Olga Filimonova

Sr. Graphic Designer

Women in Capital Markets

Olga Filimonova

Sr. Graphic Designer

Women in Capital Markets

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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's Graphic Design program with high honours where she was granted many awards for her work. 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 - all 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 for all aspects of WCM's brand, feel and look.


She is happy to be a part of the WCM movement and help support women in capital markets through design.

Daniella Silveira

Research and Communications Associate

Women in Capital Markets

Daniella Silveira

Research and Communications Associate

Women in Capital Markets

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Daniella 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 joining 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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