Women in Leadership

Advocating for the Advancement of Women

WCM's Women in Leadership Network (WIL) is comprised of women in leadership roles in capital markets and affiliated industries.

This initiative evolves from the former Senior Women's Network (SWN) by moving beyond networking events. Our strategic goals are to (a) promote the business case for gender diversity at the executive table, (b)  increase the numbers and impact of women in senior management and on boards, (c) strengthen the public profile of women leaders, and (d) enhance the pipeline of women ready for senior leadership ranks.

Upcoming WIL Event: 
Leverage Your LinkedIn: How to Build a Professional LinkedIn Profile

May 4, 2016. We invite you to attend the first of our two-part series for our Women In Leadership members to boost "Your Professional Brand" by leveraging LinkedIn. Join us for a fun evening to welcome spring and get a LinkedIn primer. Our guest speaker, Susan Kates, a marketing consultant and a Professor at Centennial College, will share strategies to create a powerful profile. Our first 25 registrants will be offered a complimentary professional headshot to be taken at the venue, which can be used in your LinkedIn profile. More Info & Registration >>

Stay tuned for Session II: Building a Board Ready Profile. Details to be announced.

Past WIL Events

Boardroom Bound
WIL's inaugural Boardroom Bound event took place on November 13, 2014. Following the release of the Government's Report entitled "Good for Business: A Plan to Promote More Women on Canadian Boards", the event offered insights from influential players from the public, private and recruitment sector, including The Honourable Kellie Leitch, MP, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women to make the plan for more women on boards a reality.To learn more about this event, please click here.  Media: Boardroom Bound: Pushing for greater diversity in the National Post.

Celebration of Trailblazing Women
On May 20, 2015 WIL hosted the first in a series of events Celebrating Trailblazing Women in the Capital Markets. The event featured a panel of accomplished women from investment banking who highlighted the deals and experiences that shaped their careers and an industry that has evolved significantly over the last 30 years. To learn more about the event and see photos, please click here

Upcoming Events of Interest

To promote and celebrate women in senior leadership and on boards, we are pleased to share the following invitations. We encourage you to invite guests of all genders for these insightful events featuring inspiring women leaders.

Denton's Sharpen Your Skills: Cyber Security & the Persistent Threat to Canada's Financial Services
Larry J. Keating, Founder, President & CEO, NPC DataGuard, discusses current trends in cyber-attacks on financial services in Canada, outlining the methods and risks for 2016, as well as emerging regulatory issues. April 19. More details >>

Rotman Leadership Experts Speaker Series featuring Annette Verschuren
Annette Verschuren is speaking at the Rotman School of Management on leading and succeeding in business and in life, on May 3. Annette is Chair and CEO, NRStor Inc.; Chancellor, Cape Breton University; Corporate Director, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, Air Canada, Saputo and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Author. More info >> 

The Canadian Board Diversity Council is accepting applications for 2016 Diversity 50
2016 Diversity 50, Canada's only national database of qualified, diverse candidates for corporate board of director appointments, is adding another 50 candidates to the list this year, creating what we consider the definitive resource of diverse, board-ready candidates. If you have the qualifications to serve on an FP500 board and are interested in being considered for the 2016 Diversity 50, apply by May 18. More details >>

The OSC is seeking to recruit two Part-time Commissioners
The OSC is seeking to recruit two Part-time Commissioners to replace Commissioners whose terms of office will be expiring. Please see the role descriptions and relevant materials here >>

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