Announcing the 2021 WCM Champions of Change

By WCM | June 14, 2021

TORONTO | June 14, 2021 - Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a national not-for-profit created to accelerate equity, diversity and inclusion in finance recognizes the 18 corporate leaders who are the recipients of WCM’s 2021 Champions of Change Award. This award recognizes excellence in leadership, commitment and creativity in advancing equality in the Canadian finance industry.  

The Champions of Change are recognized and celebrated at WCM's annual spring Gala, which brings together the most senior leaders in finance to celebrate progress towards diversity. This year’s Ascend Gala is about rising above the setbacks, and reaching new levels of education, awareness, equity and inclusion. The 2021 Gala will be held virtually on June 17th at 12pm EDT and features keynote speakers Rania Llewellyn, President and CEO of Laurentian Bank along with Linda Seymour, President and CEO, HSBC Bank Canada. WCM will be recognizing both the 2020 and 2021 Champions of Change across WCM's digital platforms and during the gala. 

Congratulations to WCM's 2021 Champions of Change:

  • Alan Tannenbaum - Head, Global Investment & Corporate Banking, BMO Capital Markets
  • Joëlle Mulombo - Director & Assistant Market Leader, London & Area, BMO Wealth Management
  • Chint Kulkarni - Managing Director & Head, Loan Syndications & Mining, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Eric Bélanger - Managing Director & Head, Global Distribution & Global Markets International, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Linda Seymour - President & CEO, HSBC Bank Canada
  • Scott Lampard - Executive Vice President & Managing Director, Head of Global Banking, HSBC Bank Canada
  • Lisa Hutfloetz - Head of Finance, Public Markets, Manulife Investment Management
  • Charles Bendaly - Regional Vice President, Wealth Sales, Manulife Investments
  • Elaine Barsalou - Managing Director, Investment Banking, National Bank Financial
  • Ray Williams - Managing Director & Vice Chairman - Financial Markets, National Bank Financial
  • Amanda Holmes - Head, Talent Acquisition, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Millan Mulraine - Chief Economist, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Harleen Bains - Managing Director & Head of Macro & Spread Institutional Sales, RBC Capital Markets
  • Jeremy Sonnenburg - Head of Quantitative & Technology Services, RBC Capital Markets
  • Michelle Khalili - Managing Director & Head, Global Equity Capital Markets, Scotiabank
  • James Neate - President & Group Head Corporate & Investment Banking, Scotiabank
  • Greg Debienne - Managing Director, Global Head Linear Foreign Exchange, TD Securities
  • Jennifer Young - Head of Human Resources, TD Securities | Executive Vice President Human Resources, TD Bank AMCB

“From the setbacks of the pandemic to confronting systemic racism, the past year has challenged many of us. The need for more inclusive workplaces has never been clearer,” said Lara Zink, President and CEO of WCM. “Our partners continue to recognize this need. WCM’s Champions are driving change in their organizations through commitments to increase the representation of women and BIPOC in leadership roles, and supporting WCM’s efforts to create solutions to increase equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the industry.”

About WCM

We work to accelerate equity, diversity and inclusion in finance by amplifying diverse talent, building the industry’s equity literacy, and uniting firms to drive change on an industry level. As a not-for-profit founded in 1995, our community has grown to 3,500 professional and student members, and our initiatives have impacted the careers of countless students and professionals across the country. Support our movement towards equity and diversity in finance by joining WCM at

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