Camilla Sutton’s One-Woman Battle For All Women in Capital Markets

By Alexandra Posadzki | The Globe and Mail | February 25, 2018
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After a 25-year career in finance that spanned everything from equity research to running Bank of Nova Scotia's global foreign-exchange business, Camilla Sutton is tackling a new challenge.

But the issue at hand – improving the position of women in the capital markets business – is one that has been on her mind for years.

"Ever since I entered capital markets, it was blatantly obvious that there weren't enough women around," said Ms. Sutton, who is four weeks into her new role as president and CEO of Women in Capital Markets, an organization aimed at helping women succeed in finance.

"It is a very male-dominated environment," she said. "You feel that as a woman." Women have been inching their way up through the ranks of corporate Canada, but progress has been slow, even glacial. Last year, they occupied just 14 per cent of the board seats at Toronto Stock Exchange-listed companies, according to data from the Ontario Securities Commission.

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