2021 WCM Emerging Leaders Award Recipients Announced Today

By WCM | September 20, 2021

TORONTO | September 20, 2021 - WCM is pleased to announce the 2021 Emerging Leaders Award Recipients. It’s a record-breaking year with 40 recipients from 18 Canadian financial institutions. WCM’s Emerging Leaders Program provides high-performing mid-level women with coaching, career enrichment, and networking opportunities. The program is facilitated in partnership with global coaching experts, Felix Global. 

This year’s cohort is deeply committed to WCM’s mission of accelerating equity in the finance industry. Recipients are leaders within and outside their organizations. They are examining and improving hiring practices, starting and leading employee resource/affinity groups, and mentoring the next generation in the industry and their communities. 

The brilliance and resilience of this year’s cohort includes trailblazing individuals that overcame immigration challenges, founded organizations for fellow women, and became the first female trader at their desk in decades.

Congratulations to the 2021 WCM Emerging Leaders Award Recipients:

Lindsay Wakelin, BCI

Kristina Brand, BMO Capital Markets

Jenna Jouppi, BMO Capital Markets

Diana Najjar, BMO Capital Markets

Alexandra Szatan, CIBC Capital Markets

Lilyana Khona, CIBC Capital Markets

Genevieve LeGresley, CIBC Capital Markets

Kezia Burke, CIBC Capital Markets

Gursahiba Chandhoke, Citi

Liqiao Zhang, CPP Investments

Catherine Bell, CPP Investments

Maurissa Bell, George Weston Limited

Genevieve Payette, HSBC Securities

Cathy Xue, Instar Asset Management

Lily Wong, IMCO

Judy Hui, IMCO

Emma Leigh Herron, Imperial Capital

Bailey Schepikoff, Manulife Investment Management

Amanda Irwin, Manulife Investment Management

Mary Shannon, Manulife Investment Management

Shankeetha Selvarajah, Manulife

Ishita Abbott, Manulife Investment Management

Jacquie Hughes, Manulife

Kelsey Keane, National Bank Financial

Andrea Topić, National Bank Financial

Sally Kan, OMERS

Monica Nettleton, OMERS

Sucharita Mishra, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Lindsay Saldanha, OPTrust

Cynthia Huang, RBC Capital Markets

Erica Docherty, RBC Capital Markets

Kelly Downie, RBC Capital Markets

Leah Stuart, RBC Capital Markets

Avery Opie, RBC Capital Markets

Jessica Fu, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

Abigail Denyer, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

Peggy Loa, TD Securities

Shaguna Khazanchi, TD Securities

Carmen Lam, TD Securities

Michelle Lam, TD Securities

“Every year, we receive applications for this program that showcase the incredible breadth and depth of accomplished women in Canada’s finance industry,” said Lara Zink, President and CEO, WCM. “This year’s cohort of tremendously talented women was no exception. Through this program, which equips recipients to compete for progressively senior roles, WCM and our sponsors show a continued commitment to creating a more inclusive finance industry.”

We are grateful to all WCM’s sponsors for their support in making the Emerging Leaders program possible. 

We look forward to the success and achievements of the 2021 cohort.


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 wcm.ca/join.

About Felix Global

Felix Global is a North American talent solutions leader specializing in high-impact Coaching, Career Management & Transition Support, Executive Search and Team Effectiveness. Driving results for over 30 years, Felix has developed 75,000+ leaders with personalized career coaching and leadership engagements. We keep your people ahead of the curve, helping them thrive in the face of challenges created by rapid change in the constantly evolving workplace. Felix: real people, real results. 

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