WCM welcomes Laurentian Bank Securities (LBS) as a sponsor, continuing commitment to equity in finance

By WCM | May 10, 2021

TORONTO | May 10, 2021 - WCM welcomes Laurentian Bank Securities (LBS) – the Capital Markets business at Laurentian Bank – as a sponsor in the mid-size Financial Institution sponsorship category, furthering their commitment to accelerating equity in our industry. 

In October 2020, Rania Llewellyn was appointed CEO of Laurentian Bank, becoming the first woman to lead a major chartered Canadian bank. Laurentian Bank is one of the organizations leading the way in driving positive change in our industry by showing that the progression of equity in Canadian finance requires bold action and commitment.

“WCM is thrilled to welcome Laurentian Bank Securities as a WCM Sponsor,” said Lara Zink, President and CEO of WCM. “The recent appointment of Rania Llewellyn as CEO offers important affirmation and an aspirational example for women and diverse talent at a critical time, especially as we combat the ‘she-cession’ and the setbacks of the pandemic. We look forward to watching Rania’s success and hearing her remarks as one of our keynote speakers at WCM’s upcoming Ascend Gala on June 17th.”

“Laurentian Bank has proudly been a pioneer in advancing and supporting women breaking the glass ceiling in our industry,’’ said Kelsey Gunderson, Executive Vice President, Capital Markets at Laurentian Bank and President and CEO of Laurentian Bank Securities. “We are thrilled to be part of the WCM community as a sponsor and look forward to working together to continue to drive positive change in the industry.”  

WCM looks forward to working closely with this leading organization to accelerate equity, diversity and inclusion in finance by amplifying diverse talent, building the industry’s equity literacy, and continuing to unite firms to drive change on an industry-level. 


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 Laurentian Bank Financial Group

Founded in 1846, Laurentian Bank Financial Group is a diversified financial services provider whose mission is to help its customers improve their financial health. The Laurentian Bank of Canada and its entities are collectively referred to as Laurentian Bank Financial Group (the “Group” or the “Bank”).

With more than 2,900 employees guided by the values of proximity, simplicity and honesty, the Group provides a broad range of advice-based solutions and services to its personal, business and institutional customers. With pan-Canadian activities and a presence in the U.S., the Group is an important player in numerous market segments.

The Group has $45.2 billion in balance sheet assets and $29.2 billion in assets under administration. 

For more information:
Neema Amadala
Director, Marketing & Communications

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