Prairies Steering Committee

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Aimee Palmer

Co-Chair, WCM Prairies Steering Committee

Aimee Palmer

Co-Chair, WCM Prairies Steering Committee

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Aimee joined NEI Investments in 2020 as Vice President, Sales. She brings more than 12 years of experience in business ownership, senior leadership and marketing in different sectors. Her strengths include building successful teams with a focus on client acquisition, holistic planning and business growth strategies. Aimee held a corporate role developing recruiting systems and collaborating on regional events geared towards attracting more women to the advisor role. Since joining WCM, she has received invaluable professional development and hopes to bring the same opportunities to the women in the WCM Prairies Chapter. As a founding Co-Chair, she will assist in local and national initiatives that engage and support the development of female advisors and managers in the finance industry. 

June Zimmer

Co-Chair, WCM Prairies Steering Committee

June Zimmer

Co-Chair, WCM Prairies Steering Committee

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June has been a long-time leader and advocate in the financial services and capital markets sector, working primarily on the sell side with several national firms. She is a passionate advocate for women in the industry and works hard to facilitate opportunities for women to gain access, opportunity and ongoing success in the industry. June has been recognized as a national leader for her professional work and advocacy. As a mentor to many, she is acutely aware of the challenges and obstacles that exist, and recognizes that allyship and sponsorship are key to opening doors along the way. Through her membership and involvement with WCM across Canada, she has seen first-hand the benefit from WCM connections, relationships and programming. She is passionate to expand the reach of WCM, as a  founding Co-Chair of the Canadian Prairies chapter, working to empower women across Canada with the opportunities to excel in their respective careers in finance and capital markets.

Esther Bast

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

Esther Bast

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

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Esther Bast was appointed Senior Vice-President, Financial Services for IG Wealth Management on October 18, 2004 and was appointed President and UDP for IG Securities on January 1, 2016. In this role, Esther works closely with all aspects of IG Wealth Management’s distribution network, national distribution issues and provides guidance to head office areas from a field perspective.

She also oversees the national Planning Specialist Network of Insurance and Estate Planning Specialists, Mortgage Planning Specialists, Wealth Planning Specialists and Portfolio Strategists. 

Esther joined IG Wealth Management in 1990 working in administration and market research before she went to the Winnipeg West region office as a Consultant and later as a Division Director. She was promoted to Regional Director of the Winnipeg Regent office in the fall of 1999 and moved to the Southern Saskatchewan region office in 2001, winning the prestigious Master Director award.

Prior to joining IG Wealth Management, Esther earned her Business Administration diploma. She also holds the Chartered Financial Planner, Personal Financial Planner (PFP) and Registered Retirement Consultant (RRC) designations.

Jenn Johns

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

Jenn Johns

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

Jenn has spent the past 16 years working in capital markets, in both the institutional and retail space, and holds an MBA in Global Asset and Wealth Management. 

Jenn is excited to assist in expanding the reach of WCM through the prairies and empowering women to continue to choose and advance in capital markets. 

Sophie Lightheart

Facilitator, WCM Prairies Steering Committee

Sophie Lightheart

Facilitator, WCM Prairies Steering Committee

Sophie Lightheart is currently working towards her Bachelor’s in Business Administration with a major in finance at the University of Regina. 

Why I am involved with WCM
WCM really stands for what I believe in, in terms of promoting the inclusion and elevation of women in male-dominated fields, such as finance. I think that the work WCM is doing is important, and I want to play a part in it.

Andrea Lochhead

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

Andrea Lochhead

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

Andrea currently holds the position of Director & Program Lead, The Scotiabank Women Initiative, Canadian Banking. Andrea is responsible nationally for the program throughout the retail, small business and commercial streams as well as supports the wealth and global markets teams. The Scotiabank Women Initiative is a comprehensive program to help advance women-owned and women-led businesses across Canada through three key pillars: Access to Capital, Advisory and Education. Andrea’s most recent position with Scotiabank prior to this was as District Vice President, where she was responsible for the Retail and Small Business Branch Banking across Eastern Winnipeg/Manitoba as well as North Western Ontario.


Andrea Lochhead has been in the financial services industry for the past 19 years and her career spans progressive executive level tenures with three of Canada’s top 5 banks, one of the top credit unions and the fastest growing Canadian Group Benefits Third Party Administration Company in Canada.

Andrea has a wealth of leadership and team development experience attained throughout her career in financial services. Andrea’s passion for business was forged while achieving her formal education at Queen’s University, University of Ottawa and the University of Phoenix. Andrea continued to work with financial institutions while pursuing her academic goals, obtaining her MBA in 2007. Andrea is from Winnipeg and has two wonderful children, 14 and 12 years old, that she enjoys spending time with and watching them grow and learn through their school and extra-curricular activities.

Throughout Andrea’s career she has been a passionate advocate for women in all areas of business and is excited to be apart of WCM to continue this support and enhance awareness of the strength women bring to the Canadian market.

Amanda Reich

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

Amanda Reich

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

Amanda Reich received her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and is a CFA charter holder.  She has worked at Greystone Managed Investments - now TD Asset Management since 2004.  Her career in capital markets has been in equity trading and portfolio construction. 

Amanda was a board member for the YWCA of Regina for six years and also volunteers with the school division and minor sports teams in her community.

Adriana Rogic

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

Adriana Rogic

WCM Ambassador - Prairies

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Adriana is currently a District Director for Sun Life covering North Saskatchewan. In this role she works to develop and execute plans to grow sustainable business for her District, aligning activities with organizational objectives while ensuring the use of compliant business practices to deliver best in class client experiences. She achieves this through  leading, coaching, and developing  Management partners and Advisors to exceed business and personal development objectives as well as  oversight to continually improve the overall client experience within the District and supporting Advisors to deepen their relationships with their clients.

Adriana has over 18 years of experience in financial services as an advisor and in management. She is especially passionate about helping other women succeed in the industry through mutual mentorship,  and facilitating and participating in several women’s initiatives such as the Annual Sun Life Women’s Leadership Symposium, SHINE Women’s Collective, and the Western Canada Women’s Summit.

What is your reaction to the fact that the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women will be chaired by a man?