Re-Launching Successful Careers
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The Return to Bay Street Award is designed to help professional women re-launch their careers in the Canadian capital markets after an extended period of absence from the industry. WCM works with a broad group of Canadian financial institutions to offer this award and employment contract to qualified women, in preparation to re-launch a full-time career in the Canadian capital markets industry.

The initiative brings women who have taken the time away from the industry back to rewarding careers in the capital markets industry. Over the past four years, this program has brought 42 women back to senior roles in the industry. The Return to Bay Street initiative was founded in late 2012 with BMO Capital Markets as a partner through its Equity Through Education Program. Support for the program has only continued to grow.

For the 2018 edition of the program, we are pleased to be partnering with BMO Capital MarketsCIBCRBC Capital Markets, RBC Global Asset Management, RBC Wealth ManagementScotiabank, and TD Securities. All involved agree that the Return to Bay Street program has created a valuable pipeline for senior roles in the capital markets industry.

Watch this video about WCM's Return to Bay Street Program! 

The Award 

The Return to Bay Street Award is a wonderful opportunity for women looking to return to the capital markets industry. The successful candidate(s) will be granted:

  • A minimum 4-month paid contract position at one of our sponsoring financial institutions
  • $5,000 towards an education program (must be used within 12 months of the contract start date)
  • A WCM mentor
  • One-year complimentary WCM membership

RTBS Information & Skill-Building Workshops

In order to best prepare candidates for the application process, WCM offered an information & skill-building workshop, hosted by CIBC, in Toronto on March 27, 2018. All women considering applying were encouraged to attend. The workshops covered:

  • A full overview of the Return to Bay Street program
  • What to expect as candidates go through the application process
  • The opportunity to hear more about the experience from past award winners
  • A professional career coaching session
  • Panel discussion of female leaders in the industry
  • Networking opportunities and more! 

View the 2018 Workshop Agenda >> 

Please visit this page to register for the workshop taking place on March 27th 2018. 

Application Process

Applications for our 2017/18 RTBS program close on Monday, April 16, 2018 at 10am EST. The application includes the following components:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Two signed reference letters (to be emailed directly to [email protected] by individuals providing the reference letter)

The 2018 Return to Bay Street Application is now open. Click here to view and submit your application.  


Eligible candidates are women in the process of returning to the workforce who:

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the capital markets industry, specifically in investment banking, sales/trading, risk management, regulatory, equity research,  desk strategy research, compliance, economics, operations and other capital markets related experience and who have a variety of backgrounds - professional, legal, marketing, IT, risk, accounting, wealth management, etc. 
  • Have taken a career hiatus or are currently working outside the capital markets industry for the last 2 years or longer
  • Are currently completing or are available to complete a continuing education program
  • Are available to complete a full-time, paid 4-month work contract starting in September 2018
  • Demonstrate an interest and commitment to re-launch and pursue a career in the capital markets industry
  • Meet the educational requirements the Award endowment is a selective process based on professional achievement, leadership potential, the career aspirations and desire to return to a career on 'Bay Street' of the candidate
Key Dates
  • February 26, 2018: Early-Bird Registration Deadline for RTBS Workshops
  • March 1, 2018: RTBS Award Applications open
  • March 27, 2018: RTBS Information & Skill-Building Workshop in Toronto
  • April 16, 2018: RTBS Award Application Deadline
  • Early May: Successful applicants will be notified regarding interviews
  • Early June: First & second round of interviews
  • July/September 2018: Minimum 4-month contract begins

Visit our frequently asked questions page for more information. Any further questions regarding the program can be directed to [email protected] or 416-502-3614

A bilingual program description is available here

Our Corporate Champions

Gold Corporate Champions

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  •  HSBC
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Silver Corporate Champions

    • BCI
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    • CBA
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    • KPMG
    • PSP investments

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