Calgary Steering Committee

Calgary Steering Committee

We invite you to view upcoming events and initiatives in WCM's Calgary Chapter.

Hannah Smerek

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Hannah Smerek

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM
Throughout my career in capital markets, women in senior leadership roles have been scarce. I’m always astonished by how frequently I am the only woman in a boardroom full of men. This lack of diversity is not only harmful to our performance as an industry, it’s destructive to the future participation of women in these industries. The CEO of Girls Who Code, Reshma Saujani, said “you cannot be what you cannot see” and I truly believe this notion. When we lack female representation in finance and executive positions, we are signalling to young women that they are not suited for these roles.

I want to build a future where young women can look at any field of work and see role models who look like them. Through WCM, we have established a strong network of female business professionals across Calgary which has allowed us to support women as they achieve their full potential while building out the talent pipeline of future female leaders. It’s my hope that the community we have created and the programming we provide will allow women to lean in to their ambitions and result in increased female leadership across corporate Canada.

Christina Carnovale

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Christina Carnovale

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why you’re involved with WCM
Women who work together tend to share common interests, challenges and professional goals, so having a community for women to come together in a variety of settings has far-reaching benefits both professionally and personally.  Working in a satellite office for RBC makes networking with mentors and colleagues more challenging.  For the majority of my 14 years, I have been one of the only women working in Sales & Trading on the Calgary trading floor – an experience not uncommon for many professional women in Capital Markets. I am really excited to be a part of WCM Calgary, where women in diverse roles can network, build bridges and promote gender diversity and inclusion. As one of two senior Capital Markets females at RBC locally, I am passionate about working with WCM to pave the way for younger females to embrace their confidence and secure the tools they need to achieve their career goals.

Jessica Brown

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Jessica Brown

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I think it is important for women within the capital markets umbrella to connect with, and support, each other.

Marah Graham

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Marah Graham

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I believe we can achieve greater diversity in the workplace by mentoring and supporting women in all roles and industries. Together we can empower and support each other while challenging status quo.

Nishka Gupta

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Nishka Gupta

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I’m involved with WCM
I believe that we are helping realize a very important vision – for women to have equal opportunity and fair representation in all the important institutions of our world. I am thrilled to work with the inspiring and tenacious women at WCM.

Ali Horvath

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Ali Horvath

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM
I like that WCM provides a comfortable environment for women to share business ideas, and to connect and learn from each other. 

Theresa Jang

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Theresa Jang

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I’m involved with Women in Capital Markets
WCM provides a much-needed forum for professional women to connect, share experiences, and learn. It is my hope that I can provide insight and encouragement to this community of women by sharing experiences from my 30-year career, including my path to the C-Suite in two multi-billion dollar public companies. While my journey hasn’t been perfect, I know there are many lessons gathered along the way that can be helpful to up-and-coming women who are navigating their own career paths.

Olga Kary

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Olga Kary

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Kayla Keim

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Kayla Keim

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM:
I'm excited to engage with like-minded, driven women and to have the opportunity to help empower other young professionals.

Elice Lee

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Elice Lee

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I’m involved with WCM

WCM leads two important educational initiatives, SheBiz and UniConnect. These events provide an avenue for industry to get the right information to young women and the types of opportunities that are available.

Carla Marsh

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Carla Marsh

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I believe everyone has the right to equal opportunities in their career, support throughout life’s various challenges, as well as a feeling of community and belonging in the workplace. My goal is to help WCM continue to offer and improve programing, events and other opportunities that work towards this common goal.

Beth Pollock

Coordinator, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Beth Pollock

Coordinator, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why do I want to be involved with WCM:
During my time in the energy sector and previously in investment and corporate banking, I have often been one of only a handful of women in my field. In these positions I have observed the unique hurdles facing women as well as the challenges organizations encounter recruiting and attracting women. I am looking forward to working with WCM and meet other women in Calgary and across Canada so together we can advocate for women and improve gender diversity both in capital markets and in the energy sector.

Charissa Stadnyk

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Charissa Stadnyk

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

WCM provides women with opportunities to connect, mentor one-another, and develop professional skills to help enrich their careers. I look forward to supporting these initiatives, and to assisting with the outreach of the WCM events and opportunities for women in capital markets. 


It is exciting that WCM has specifically created a Calgary Chapter – having been born and raised in Calgary, I am especially proud of the energy and capital markets industry that has been developed and stands here today.


I believe we owe it to the pioneer women of the industry who paved the way for the business opportunities that women have today in Calgary, to our current industry colleagues, and to future generations to continue to develop our professional skills and industry knowledge, and to support and propel one another in our careers.

Rachel Walsh

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Rachel Walsh

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM
I am excited to join an organization that can make a difference in achieving greater diversity in the workplace.  I believe that by facilitating networking, mentorship and recruitment of talented young individuals we can challenge the status quo. The WCM network has had a positive impact on my young career and I am hopeful that my efforts will result in the same for others.

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