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WCM Mentorship Program

WCM’s Mentor Program has provided more than 700 female capital market professionals with senior mentors in the industry since 1998. 

This valuable mentor program pairs Protégées with mentors outside of their firm for a 12-month period and provides executive coaching sessions along the way to both Protégées and mentors to provide guidance on how to maximize the mentor relationship. Mentors are senior men and women who are dedicated to advancing women in the industry and are committed to providing invaluable support and advice to Protégées.

Established in 1998, the WCM Mentorship Program has been fundamental in helping advance and retain women in Canadian capital markets. The program is designed to offer female Protégées with three or more years of full-time experience in capital markets a unique opportunity to advance their career development.  With a mentor’s assistance, Protégées can establish career goals, identify direction and develop strategies to overcome obstacles.  Protégées will typically be paired with a mentor from a different firm who will share their knowledge, experience and offer guidance to help work towards their goals. For mentors, the program is equally rewarding as it is an opportunity to coach, motivate, empower and give back to the community by helping shape future female leaders.  Information shared is treated highly confidential and therefore the program provides a safe environment for career and personal development.

We are excited to announce the inception of two supplemental streams of mentorship available for 2018 – AdvanceAbliity and SheForMENtoring as part of the overall WCM Mentorship Program.

These two streams are offered in conjunction with the original WCM Mentorship Program, and will provide a tailored mentorship experience related to further closing the gaps related to gender and diversity in capital markets. As these streams are both first year programs, space will be limited.

AdvanceAbility Mentorship

The AdvanceAbility Committee has launched a Mentorship Program and is seeking capital markets professionals interested in participating as Mentors and Mentees. Qualifying Mentees are women employed in a capital markets firm, market participant (i.e. custodian or investment manager), service/infrastructure provider, or investment industry supplier that identify as having a disability, either visible or non-visible.

How the Program Works
Participants will apply through the WCM Mentorship Program and the AdvanceAbility Committee will pair the Mentees with Mentors. The objective is to provide qualifying Mentees with support to maximize their career potential. The program schedule will align to the WCM Mentorship Program and will provide additional information and guidance to the AdvanceAbility participants.

SheForMENtoring

There are real benefits for both sexes to foster cross-gender mentoring relationships. The Gender Diversity & Inclusion Committee has launched a Mentorship Program and is seeking capital markets professionals interested in participating as Mentors and Mentees.

The objective of the "SheforMENtoring" stream of WCM's Mentorship Program is to go beyond the standard benefits of mentorship and provide early-career male mentees with access to senior level female mentors working in similar capital markets areas. The program aims to create an awareness and appreciation for different gender perspectives and view points which will hopefully over time help contribute to a more respectful, inclusive and productive work environment.

How the Program Works
The program offers senior women an opportunity to mentor the up and coming cohort to get a better understanding of their perspectives as they build their careers. It offers high-potential male mentees an opportunity to have candid conversations and engage in unique career-driven sessions.

Participants will apply through the WCM Mentorship Program and the Gender Diversity & Inclusion Committee will pair the Mentees with Mentors. The objective is to provide qualifying Mentees with support to maximize their career potential. The program schedule will align to the WCM Mentorship Program and will provide additional information and guidance to the Gender Diversity & Inclusion participants.

 

Key Details:

The Mentorship Program runs from January to December annually.

Criteria for Protégées

  • Three or more full time years of experience in capital markets
  • Currently employed full time in capital markets
  • Currently a full member of WCM
  • Attendance at a mandatory Information Session (see dates below)
  • Clear understanding of career goals and the reasons for seeking a mentor relationship
  • Full commitment to managing the mentorship relationship including ownership and setup of monthly meetings. Protégées should commit to being available for monthly (one hour) face-to-face meetings


Criteria for Mentors

  • Male or Female individuals with senior experience (5 years or more) in capital markets who are interested in sharing their knowledge and experience with Protégées in capital markets.

  • Commitment to being available for monthly (one hour) face-to-face meetings.  We realize that face-to-face monthly meetings are not always possible, and where necessary, conference calls may be substituted.


Important Dates

  • Protégée Info Sessions:Info Sessions will be held via Conference Call on Sept 21, Sept 22, and Sept 25, 2017 from 12:00 - 12:45 pm. Attendance at one of the sessions is mandatory.
  • Application Deadlines: A copy of the 2018 Protégée Application will be provided only to those who attend one of the mandatory Protégée Info Sessions (see above).
    Protegee Application deadline:October 6, 2017.
    Mentor applications are available here. Deadline: October 31, 2017

Key Components of the Program

To support Mentors and Protégées throughout the year the program incorporates formal Executive Coaching, as outlined below.

Executive Coaching: WCM has partnered with Felix Coaching to expand our suite of resources available to Protégées and Mentors. A structured framework designed in partnership with Felix keeps participants focused on goals. Monthly coaching emails with useful tools and tips for professional development are also provided..

Protégée Skills Series: Protégées will complete the Facet5 personality analysis and receive guidance from Felix aimed at helping Protégées to make the most of this invaluable mentorship opportunity.

Mentor Skills Series: To show our appreciation for the contribution and time Mentors give, they are invited to attend a Mentors' Skill-Building lunch series which will cover coaching tools that can be used to guide Protégées, as well as employees and direct reports


Applications

  • Protégées -A copy of the 2017 Protégée Application will be provided only to those who attend one of the mandatory Protégée Info Sessions (see above). Application deadline: October 6, 2017

  • Mentors - Application is available here. Application deadline: October 31, 2017

Questions? 
Please contact the WCM office at [email protected] 

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