Marnie Smith

Marnie Smith

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

Hannah Smerek

Hannah Smerek

Co-Chair, WCM Calgary Steering Committee

WCM Calgary Chapter 

We are honoured to join the ranks of more than 2,000 women across Canada who are part of the WCM network. Through our capital markets careers, we have been surprised by how few women we meet in boardrooms, in the C-suite and generally across the industry in Calgary. There is certainly a need for professional development programs and networking opportunities for women to grow their careers and retain top female talent in Calgary finance.

Through our chapter, we aspire to support women working in Calgary's financial services industry to reach their potential, advance in their careers, and to inspire our industry to build diverse and talented teams. 

Since 1995 WCM has been designing and evolving our professional programming to meet the needs of female professionals in Canadian capital markets. With programs curated for each level of your career, our programming provides women with the resources, knowledge and skill development that will propel and advance their careers.Designed to support your professional development journey, discover our programs for entry, mid and executive level professionals. We are here to support your career lifespan with professional skill development customized for each career level. Explore our professional development programs; take your career to new heights. 

Mentorship Program | Professionals

Mentorship Program | Professionals

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UniConnect Mentorship Program | University Students

UniConnect Mentorship Program | University Students

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ABOUT WCM CALGARY 

Founded in 2016, WCM Calgary's initiatives support WCM's national mission to accelerate gender diversity across the financial industry and corporate boardrooms of Canada.  In Calgary, we offer professional development events and programs for women at all career levels and work with local firms to increase awareness of WCM and accelerate gender diversity in our city.

WCM's popular Lunch & Learns are roundtable opportunities to get up close and personal with an esteemed senior leader in the industry and gain knowledge from her experiences. Other Calgary hosted events, including our Annual Poker Tournament, provide a platform for women to build strong professional networks and grow and diversify our finance community in Calgary.

WCM Professional and University Mentorship Programs pairs female protégées with a mentor for a twelve month period, providing support and guidance for protégées in establishing career goals, advice and strategies to move your career forward.  

With a focus on building the pipeline of female talent, WCM's student programming serves to educate young women about the rewarding career opportunities in business and STEM through events like WCM's SheBiz for female high school students and WCM's UniConnect event series for female university students.

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FAQ

  • + × How do I join WCM Calgary?

    Joining WCM is a vote for diversity, inclusion, equality and change. Click 'Join Now' button in the main menu at the top of the page.  You can join as a professional, university student, high school student, or as a WCM Ally. To learn what a WCM membership can do for you and for full details on membership options, visit our Get Involved page.  Membership is effective for one year from the date your payment is processed.


    Our 2,000+ members are diverse professionals at all career stages and in all segments of the capital markets and related financial services across Canada. WCM membership unites all of our voices to accelerate gender diversity. There is strength in numbers. Join the movement to accelerate gender diversity.

  • + × What can WCM do for me?

    WCM can help you achieve your career goals, expand your network, plan your next career move, and stay informed on gender diversity topics. It also provides an opportunity for you to give back to your local community and provides recognition as being committed to gender diversity. For details, visit our Get Involved page. 

  • + × Can I volunteer for WCM Calgary?

    Yes. Our Calgary Chapter is run by a steering committee of dedicated volunteers. On occasion, they need assistance planning or delivering an event or program. If you are interested in getting involved, please email [email protected], expressing your interest in volunteering for WCM's Calgary Chapter. We will add your name to our database and contact you when volunteer opportunities become available. If you have a preference, please also specify in which capacity you would like to volunteer (High School/ WCMSheBiz, UniConnect, Mentorship, general) and any other details you think we should know. 

  • + × Can I speak at a WCM event?

    We are always looking for inspiring and experienced professionals to speak at or be panelists at our events. If you are interested or if you know someone who would be a good fit, please email [email protected] with details.

  • + × How else can I support WCM?

    Succeeding in our mission and effectively driving positive change in our industry requires a concerted effort from us all. Here are a few ways you can show your support:

    1. Become a WCM Member, and encourage colleagues to join. Our strength lies in awareness and our membership. 
    2. Subscribe to our communications, stay informed.
    3. Join the conversation: LinkedInFacebookTwitterInstagram.
    4. Attend WCM events in Calgary.
    5. Executives; join our Board-Ready Directory.
    6. Post your firms open positions and internships on our Job Board.
    7. Encourage your firm to become a WCM Partner.
    8. Become a Mentor through our Professional Mentorship Program and/ or University Mentorship Program.
    9. Request to be added to our speakers list.
    10. Promote WCM events, research and work to your network - help us build awareness.
    11. Share your feedback and thoughts with us at [email protected].
  • + × How can I encourage my firm to become a WCM Partner?

    Succeeding in our mission and effectively driving positive change in our industry requires a concerted effort from us all. WCM’s Corporate Champions share our vision and urgency for accelerating gender diversity in the workplace. Our partners recognize the business case for having more women in leadership roles and support our advocacy efforts to drive change and develop the talent pipeline of future female leaders. 

    To learn more and request information about how your firm can support us, visit our Partner with Us page. 

  • + × Can men get involved?

    Yes. Research shows that everyone benefits when men lean in for equality -- starting with men themselves. Men can support us in our mission by joining WCM as a 'WCM Ally', encouraging colleagues to join, spreading awareness of WCM and gender diversity internally at their firm, and encouraging firms to become a WCM Partner. Going forward, we plan to offer tips, videos, and other resources that engage men in the discussion and offer opportunities to contribute to the goal of achieving gender equality. We encourage you to distribute these resources to your firm's employees and/or integrate them into existing training programs for managers.

    Male Ally Membership Benefits include: 

    • Discounted ticket prices to all WCM events;
    • Access to our members only section of the website, for research and other areas;
    • Opportunity to stay informed on gender diversity through our newsletter, events and social media. 

    Additional benefits of being a WCM Ally:

    • Recognized commitment to accelerating gender diversity;
    • Volunteer - opportunities to participate in our mission; 
      • Committee member or Co-Chair
      • Mentorship program (become a mentor for mentoring professional women and/or students)
      • Speaker or panelist at a WCM event(s)
    • Attend events and meet talent – be the face of your firm when networking (showing male allyship);
    • Share opportunities and initiatives with their networks;
    • Leverage the WCM research portal (using the tools to reach diversity and inclusion goals);
    • Act as an advocate with internal and external networks.


  • + × How can I learn more about WCM?

    Visit the About WCM page of our website. Reach out to us with questions at [email protected].

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