WCM Announces 2018 Transformational Leadership Award Recipients

October 22, 2018

WCM Announces 2018 Award Recipients

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TORONTO, October 22, 2018 - Women in Capital Markets (WCM) and title sponsor for WCM’s Awards Ernst & Young LLP (EY) are pleased to announce the winners of this year's awards across four important categories: Transformational Leadership, Rising Star, Excellence in Innovation, and Outstanding Volunteerism. All recipients will be recognized at our awards ceremony on Tuesday November 27th, from 5:00pm to 7:30pm, at the Rosewater Supper Club. 

The WCM Awards:

  • Provide an opportunity to recognize, celebrate and thank individuals and firms who are taking significant steps to improve gender diversity
  • Offer firms and our industry the opportunity to publicly demonstrate and showcase our commitment to gender equality 
  • Aim to empower and inspire others to take action and contribute to the movement in building gender diverse and inclusive workplaces 

The WCM Award for Transformational Leadership recognizes senior executives, male and female, who have made a lasting contribution to gender diversity and inclusion at their firm and are driving organizational and cultural change with measurable impacts. We are thrilled to announce this year’s winners as:

  • Pat Cronin, CEO & Group Head, BMO Capital Markets 
  • Tamara Finch, Managing Director & Head of Portfolio Management Team, Private Capital, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

The WCM Rising Star Award honours high-performing female professionals whose entrepreneurial spirit, leadership and social responsibility have made a unique contribution to the capital markets industry. The winners of the 2018 awards are:

  • Carla Deeks, Director, Corporate Banking – Global Power, Infrastructure & Mining, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets
  • Mélanie Dussarrat, Director, FX e-Trading, e-Solutions Group, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Jennifer Diana Lee, Principal, Strategy & Risk, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
  • Aliyah Mohamed, Director, Investment Banking, TD Securities
  • Jackie Nixon, Director, Equity Capital Markets, RBC Capital Markets
  • Maria Tihotchi, Director, Global Structured Products, Trading Products, BMO Capital Markets

The WCM Award for Excellence in Innovation recognizes those who have taken bold steps to improve diversity and inclusion through an innovative approach. This year we are recognizing two unique and impactful initiatives:

  • RBC Vision Women’s Leadership MSCI Canada Index ETF (RLDR), Canada’s first ETF that focuseson driving board diversity in Canada. The award is recognition of the collaborative approachbetween RBC Global Asset Management, RBC Capital Markets and OMERS for the launch,distribution and funding of the ETF.
  • Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Office, led by WendySmith, Managing Director. Following a successful career in Capital Markets Sales and Trading, Wendyformed the new office in 2015, which reports directly into the business line and is located on thetrade floor. The D&I Office has made a measurable impact, advancing diversity and inclusion in theworkplace for the benefit of all employees.

The WCM Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes two volunteers who have surpassed all expectations and demonstrated impressive leadership, initiative and a strong work ethic as they champion the WCM mission of greater gender diversity. This year we are recognizing two individuals for the contributions they have made:

  • Leanne Herbst, Director, Trading Business Management, TD Securities
  • Farialle Pacha, Associate Investment Advisor, The Kaufman Wealth Group, Richardson GMP

Award winners are nominated based on an extensive set of criteria and then selected by a jury panel. More information on the nominations process and a list of previous WCM Leadership Award recipients is available at the WCM website.

“The WCM Awards recognizes the exemplary leadership and contributions of individuals and firms in the Canadian capital markets. Each and every award winner is making a significant contribution to accelerating diversity across the industry and I am thrilled to recognize their work and showcase their successes as inspiration to others,” said Camilla Sutton, President and CEO, WCM.

“Closing the gender gap within our financial markets depends on leaders who are willing to make bold changes to provide women with the tools they need to access and seize opportunities in our rapidly changing world. It’s an honour to recognize and celebrate the outstanding work being done by these award recipients to improve diversity and inclusiveness within their organizations and on behalf of the industry overall,” says Paul Battista, EY Canada Financial Services Leader.

Learn more about our 2018 recipients here. 


About WCM 

WCM is the largest network of professional women in the Canadian financial sector and the voice of advocacy for women in our industry. On behalf of our 1,500+ members across Canada, WCM is committed to accelerating diversity across the Canadian financial industry. We work with our partners, members and the broader public to promote initiatives which successfully increase women's representation and impact within the industry. Learn more at www.wcm.ca or visit LinkedIn, Twitter @WCMCanada and Facebook.

About Ernst & Young LLP (EY)
EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. Learn more at www.ey.com/ca

For further information, please contact:
Camilla Sutton
CEO & President
[email protected]

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