WCM’s Ascend Gala: Ascending together

By WCM | May 06, 2021

TORONTO | May 6 2021 -  Over the years, WCM’s Annual Gala has brought together thousands of Canada’s finance professionals and prominent financial institutions to recognize our collective efforts in and progress towards greater diversity and inclusion. 

The Champions of Change award recognizes excellence in leadership, commitment and creativity in advancing equality in the Canadian finance industry. 

This year’s Ascend Gala is about rising above the setbacks, and reaching new levels of education, awareness, equity and inclusion. From the setbacks of the pandemic, to the ‘she-cession’, to confronting systemic racism, we’ve experienced significant learnings, gains and milestones in our journey towards greater equity. There is much work to be done, but we’re in it together. As the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats, and everyone stands to benefit from greater ED&I.

We invite you to join us on June 17th for a 45-minute virtual industry gathering and celebration of our 2020 and 2021 Champions of Change. Enjoy your lunch hour to hear from our inspiring keynote speakers and uplifting entertainment including:

  • Rania Llewellyn, President and CEO - Laurentian Bank
  • Linda Seymour, President and CEO - HSBC Bank Canada
  • Jully Black, Activist and Performer
  • Wali Shah, Spoken Word Poet

We thank our sponsors, our partners in driving change and directly supporting all the work we do.

Early bird tickets are now on sale for 45CAD. Student tickets are 25CAD.

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.

For additional information, please email us at [email protected]

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