AdvanceAbility: Leveraging Resources and Establishing Key Partnerships.

Women in Capital Markets launches new Steering Committee, AdvanceAbility. 

The founding Committee co-Chairs are Danielle LeBlanc, Senior Marketing Associate at Moody's Analytics, and Jason Parker, Head, Canadian Debt Research, BMO Capital Markets. BMO Capital Markets is pleased to be AdvanceAbility's first Business Sponsor.

Canadian Business SenseAbility will serve as a partner on this initiative. SenseAbility is a national, not-for-profit organization with the goal to help companies accelerate success through the talents of people with disabilities.

The AdvanceAbility Committee will launch a Mentorship Program in 2017 and is seeking capital markets professionals interested in participating as Mentors and Mentees in this program. 

How the Program Works
Participants will apply through WCM and the AdvanceAbility Committee will pair Mentees with Mentors for a six-month period. The objective is to provide qualifying Mentees with support to maximize their career potential. The program will align to WCM's current Mentorship Program and will provide additional information and guidance to the AdvanceAbility participants.

Criteria for Mentees

  • You are a woman employed in a capital markets firm, market participant (i.e. custodian or investment manager), service/infrastructure provider, or investment industry supplier.
  • You identify as having a disability, either visible or non-visible.
  • You are committed to managing your Mentorship relationship and understand you are responsible for scheduling regular meetings with your Mentor.


Criteria for Mentors

  • You are a man or woman employed in a capital markets firm, market participant (i.e. custodian or investment manager), service/infrastructure provider, or investment industry supplier
  • You have been working in the industry for at least five years and are interested in sharing your knowledge and experience with a woman who has a disability.
  • You are committed to making yourself available for mentoring meetings.


Program Details 
This Mentorship Program runs annually from February to July.

Applications for Mentors are available here.
Applications for Mentees are available here.  

For more information, please email [email protected]

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