Katie Squires-Thompson earns an inaugural Report on Business Changemakers award

By WCM | February 26, 2021

TORONTO | February 26, 2021 - WCM is pleased to announce that Katie Squires-Thompson is one of the winners of the 2021 Report on Business Changemakers award.

Changemakers is a new editorial award program produced by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business magazine. Its intent is to showcase the emerging leaders transforming business today.

Katie Squires-Thompson is one of 50 inaugural winners of the award.

"Katie is on a mission to tackle one of corporate Canada’s most urgent challenges – improving equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the workplace," says Lara Zink, President and CEO of WCM. "Katie's commitment and impact at WCM has yielded true progress. She brings a refreshing, thoughtful and focused approach to ED&I; calling for new ways of addressing the issue and challenging the traditional business case’ approach that has yielded little results. With this systemic angle and leveraging education as a tool for change, she is repeatedly turning her ideas into impact; she recently co-authored WCM's The Equity Equation, a landmark report that drills down into the experiences of women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and other underrepresented groups in Canadian finance and offers an innovative roadmap for firms towards improved ED&I. I am thrilled to celebrate Katie's impact and see her recognized by this prestigious award."

Of her recognition, Katie Squires-Thompson commented, “I'm honoured to be recognized as a Changemaker and look forward to continuing WCM's work to help create more equitable workplaces. We've seen great strides taken in the finance industry and I'm hopeful that this work will inspire other industries to follow suit.”

 Report on Business solicited nominations for the Changemakers award in late 2020. Winners were selected by The Globe and Mail’s award-winning editorial team based their ideas, accomplishments and impact, as determined by their nominations, subsequent interviews and reference checks.

“As the Canadian economy recovers from the pandemic, many people are seeking ways to make business more sustainable, inclusive, innovative and fair,” says James Cowan, editor of Report on Business magazine. “The 50 Changemakers on our inaugural list serve as inspiration and instruction for any business leader seeking to effect meaningful change.”

Editorial coverage of all 2021 Changemakers can be found in the March 2021 issue of Report on Business magazine, distributed with The Globe and Mail on Saturday, February 27th, and online now at tgam.ca/Changemakers.

About The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With our award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 5.9 million readers every week in our print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 2.1 million readers in print and digital every issue. Our investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family. 

About WCM

Our mission is to accelerate equity, diversity and inclusion in finance. We work to grow the pipeline of women, build the industry’s equity and inclusion literacy, and unite firms to drive change on an industry-level. We do this through advocacy, research, programming and recruitment.  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.

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