Calgary Steering Committee

Meet Our Calgary Steering Committee

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

Marnie Smith

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

Marnie Smith

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Senior Client Partner, Korn Ferry

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I am extremely honoured to join the ranks of over 1,500 women across Canada who are part of the Women in Capital Markets network, and I am extremely excited to be part of this initiative in Calgary. Through my career in investment banking I have been surprised by how few women I meet in boardrooms, in the "C-suite" and generally across the industry in Calgary. I am fortunate to work for a progressive company, which firmly believes in the value of diversity. Through Macquarie I have had the privilege of being involved in numerous training and sponsorship programs aimed at retaining high potential women across the firm. 


I believe these programs have made a positive impact on my career and I am certain there is a need in Calgary for similar programs and for the community that Women in Capital Markets can provide. My goal is to create a community of female business professionals in Calgary, across capital markets, finance, industry and law that will drive change in our city by increasing the pipeline of young women pursuing professional careers in Calgary and by providing a network of support and sponsorship to ensure Calgary women continue to advance through the ranks of their professions.


Professional Experience

Marnie Smith is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Calgary office within the firm’s Global Industrial Market. Prior to joining Korn Ferry, Marnie spent 14 years in investment banking and equities research. Most recently she held the role of Managing Director & Head of Canadian Energy with Macquarie Canada. During her tenure in capital markets, Marnie specialized in public and private companies in the Oil and Gas Upstream, Energy Infrastructure and Midstream, and Energy Services sectors. She has extensive experience working with North American and global energy companies’ executives and boards through the provision of strategic and M&A advice; financing solutions; corporate and asset valuation; and transaction evaluation, execution, and negotiations. 


Marnie is involved in the “25th Team” with UNICEF Canada, which involves 60 female leaders across the country who are focused on five of the most challenged regions around the world. As part of the 25th Team, Marnie joined a contingent in 2017 to Namibia to see firsthand the work UNICEF is undertaking in the region. She also holds the position of Co-Chair of Women in Capital Markets (WCM) Calgary. WCM is the largest network of professional women in the Canadian capital markets industry with more than 1,500 members. She received a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, degree with Distinction from the University of Calgary and was awarded the Silver Medallion for her class. Marnie also has a Master’s of Finance from INSEAD.

Hannah Smerek

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Commodity Derivatives Trader, National Bank Financial Markets

Hannah Smerek

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Commodity Derivatives Trader, National Bank Financial Markets

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I hope to inspire young women in capital markets to speak their opinions with confidence, not shy away from their ambitions and ultimately understand that they deserve a seat at the table. I am incredibly grateful to the people who instilled this knowledge in me early on and I want to ensure that young women are similarly cheered-on and supported. 


Professional Experience

Hannah Smerek is a commodity derivatives trader & originator at National Bank of Canada - the largest trader of financial energy derivatives among Canadian banks. Previously, Hannah worked in National Bank’s global equity derivatives team in Toronto, holding a role in ETF structuring. Hannah was also selected for National Bank’s Financial Markets Rotational Program, during which she gained working experience in Investment Banking, Corporate Banking, Derivatives, Equities, Fixed Income, and FX. 


Hannah has a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science, with First Class Honours, from Imperial College London, UK. She graduated in the top of her class and was awarded the IOM3 Prize in Materials from the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for her strong academic performance.

Madison Banks

Coordinator, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Madison Banks

Coordinator, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Why I’m Involved with WCM
I’m excited to become part of an organization that is working towards bringing equality into the industry and be part of a network that provides opportunities to highlight the rewarding career opportunities in finance and business.

Professional Experience
I completed by Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Accounting from Mount Royal University in 2015. I obtained the CPA designation and a Masters in Professional Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan in 2017. I currently work at KPMG LLP as a Senior Accountant.

Jessica Brown

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Associate, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

Jessica Brown

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Associate, Burnet, Duckworth & Palmer LLP

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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

Land Manager, Cona Resources Ltd.

Marah Graham

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Land Manager, Cona Resources Ltd.

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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.


Professional Experience 

After her initial career aspirations of becoming a Bacon Expert or a Wizard fell through, Marah decided to become a Landman. Marah spent a large part of her early career at Canadian Natural. She worked as a Negotiating Landman for several years before completing her MBA and moving into Investor Relations. In 2014 Marah moved back into a negotiating role and is currently working at Cona Resources as the Land Manager. Working in Land provides opportunities to negotiate a variety of agreements within the energy industry.


Marah hopes to someday retire and do something easy. Like become a geologist.

Nishka Gupta

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Senior Investment Analyst, ARC Financial Corp

Nishka Gupta

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Senior Investment Analyst, ARC Financial Corp

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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.


Professional Experience

Nishka Gupta is a Senior Investment Analyst at ARC Financial Corp – Canada’s largest private equity firm focused on the Canadian oil and gas sector. Her responsibilities include evaluating new investment opportunities and managing existing portfolio investments. Nishka also represents ARC on the board of Rifle Shot Oil Corp. Previously, Nishka worked as an operations engineer and engineer-in-training at Shell Canada.

Nishka has a Bachelor of Arts (BA) with Honors Business Administration (HBA) from the Ivey Business School and a Bachelor of Engineering Science, with Honours from the Faculty of Engineering at Western University.

Ali Horvath

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Ali Horvath

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Theresa Jang

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Stantec Inc.

Theresa Jang

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, Stantec Inc.

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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.


Professional Experience

Theresa Jang joined Stantec in September 2018 as Executive Vice President and was appointed Chief Financial Officer on January 1, 2019.


With more than 25 years of experience, Theresa has an extensive background in the areas of finance, corporate governance and people leadership. Theresa brings expertise in strategy development, capital markets, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, financial reporting and accounting, long-range planning, and enterprise risk management. In her previous role as senior vice president and CFO of Veresen Inc., a Calgary, Alberta-based energy infrastructure company, Theresa played a key role in the development and execution of strategies that helped that company grow its enterprise value from $3 billion in 2006 to almost $10 billion in 2017. Prior to Veresen, Theresa held positions at TransCanada Corporation (now TC Energy) and Ernst & Young. In November 2017, Theresa was appointed to the board of directors for Bonavista Energy Corporation.

Theresa actively supports the advancement of women’s leadership, and numerous groups that focus on young professionals and women in the industry, such as the Calgary Chapter of Women in Capital Markets. She has served as a panelist for diversity-focused forums including Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit and EY Women Fast Forward, and she has provided mentorship to young women professionals throughout her career. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant).

Kayla Keim

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Kayla Keim

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

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Helen Kelly

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Director, Investor Relations and External Communications, MEG Energy

Helen Kelly

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Director, Investor Relations and External Communications, MEG Energy

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I believe it is important for women to support each other in our careers. WCM offers a great forum for the meeting of like-minded women to share our experiences, ambitions and challenges, and offers a platform to give back to others who are considering a career in the capital markets.


Professional Experience

Helen Kelly joined MEG Energy as Director, Investor Relations in 2011. Previously, Helen worked for Suncor Energy as a planning analyst in the company’s growing in-situ oil sands business before becoming Manager of Investor Relations. She possesses more than 10 years of experience strategically developing and communicating corporate and financial strategies in the oil and gas sector. Her previous experience includes equity research at UBS; treasury, marketing, corporate development and merger-integration roles at the Asian headquarters of a UK-based conglomerate where she was recruited out of university into an executive development program. 


Helen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. She is the current Chair of the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute.

Elice Lee

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Treasurer, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Elice Lee

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Treasurer, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

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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.


Professional Experience

Elice Lee is the Treasurer for Pembina Pipeline Corporation and is responsible for finance related activities for the organization, its joint ventures and development projects. This includes capital structure, capital markets activities, credit facilities, rating agency management, and cash management. Prior to this, Elice has held various roles in finance and accounting for the last 14 years. Elice holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary and a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University.

Carla Marsh

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Senior Analyst, Business Planning, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

Carla Marsh

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Senior Analyst, Business Planning, Pembina Pipeline Corporation

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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.


Professional Experience

Carla has worked at Pembina Pipeline Corporation for 7 years during which time she has held roles in both corporate and business unit planning teams as well as in risk management. Through her experience at Pembina, Carla has developed specialized skills in budgeting, forecasting, financial modelling, and strategic planning. 


She received a Bachelor of Commerce, in Finance, from the University of Calgary and is a CFA charterholder. She also volunteers actively with the United Way of Calgary as a member of the GAIN Team, and as a Board member with the Families Matter Society.

Charissa Stadnyk

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Analyst, Global Commodities, JP Morgan

Charissa Stadnyk

WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Analyst, Global Commodities, JP Morgan

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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.

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