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.
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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
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
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
Re-launch my career after an 8 year break from banking. It allowed me to do an internship with BMO in two different areas which led to a fantastic role on the Structured Solutions desk on the trading floor.
- Catherine Staveley, 2012 RTBS Award Recipient