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 Women in Capital Markets 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 in Calgary for professional development programs and networking opportunities for women.

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. We hope to see you at upcoming WCM events in Calgary!

From mentorship, to executive career coaching, to connecting women with valuable opportunities in the industry, our programs provide women with the resources, knowledge and skill development designed to propel and advance careers at every level.  Explore our professional programs; take your career to new heights. 

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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 ensure gender diversity for our future generation. 

Our popular Lunch & Learns are roundtable opportunities to get up close and personal with an esteemed senior leader in our industry and to learn from her experiences. Our Mentorship Program pairs female protégées with a mentor either in Calgary or elsewhere in Canada for a one-year period to provide support and guidance, help to establish career goals and discuss strategies to overcome challenges. Lastly, our various social events, including our Poker Tournament, provide a platform for women to build strong professional networks and to grow and diversify our finance community in Calgary. 

We also focus on building the pipeline of female talent for our industry. Our annual SheBiz event for female high school students, and our UniConnect event series for female university students serve to educate these young women about the rewarding career opportunities in business and STEM.

Succeeding in our mission and effectively driving positive change in our industry requires a concerted effort from us all - firms, government, male and female professionals nation wide. There is great strength in numbers - progress lies in the collective actions and commitment of individuals. We invite you to get involved and join our movement to leave gender parity as a legacy to the next generation. 

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  • + × 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 1 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 our movement to ensure gender parity for the next generation.

  • + × 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/SheBiz, 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 successful professionals to speak or be panelists at our events. If you are interested, or if you know someone who would be great, 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. Join WCM and encourage colleagues to join. Our strength lies in awareness and our membership.
    2. Attend WCM events in your city and encourage colleagues to attend.
    3. Promote WCM events, research and media coverage to your network - help us build awareness.
    4. Encourage your firm to become a WCM Partner. Diversity is no longer a 'nice to have'. It's a 'must have'.
    5. 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 gender diversity internally at their firm, and encouraging their firm to become a WCM partner.  Going forward, we plan to offer tips, videos, and other resources that engage men in the discussion and help them to do their part toward achieving gender equality. We encourage you to distribute them to your employees and/or integrate them into existing training programs for managers.

  • + × How can I learn more about WCM?

    Visit the About WCM page of our website - it has everything you need to know!

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