Helping Women Return to Financial Industry

By Linda White | Toronto Sun | February 01, 2018

The Return to Bay Street Award helps professional women re-launch their careers in the capital markets after an extended absence

Claire Blessing had been working in instittutional equirty sales for 13 years when she took time off to begin a family. Once her three children were all in school full-time, she decided it was time to revive her career.

"I started reaching out to people in my old network and right off the bat heard about the Return to Bay Street (RTBS) program. I decided I owed it to myself to apply. It would get me instantly in front of all of the banks and given my front office sales experience, I thought I owed it to myself not to jump too quickly."

The RTBS award program run by Women in Capital Markets (WCM) aims to reclaim some of the many experienced women who leave the financial industry for family responsibilities or to pursue other goals. It began in 2012 as a partnership between WCM and BMO and has grown to include Canada's six major banks and the Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board.

Joining WCM is a vote for diversity, inclusion, equality and change.

Join our movement to ensure gender diversity for our future generation.

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