RTBS Frequently Asked Questions 

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I'm considering rejoining the capital markets workforce but am currently undecided and may not be ready for a while. Is the workshop still relevant to me?

Yes, the workshop is for women who are exploring the prospect of returning to the capital markets industry this year or later. It's for women with direct or indirect capital markets experience and who have a variety of backgrounds -- professional, legal, risk, accounting, wealth management etc. The workshop will provide you with the insight, tools, confidence and connections to plan your career re-launch.

What is the WCM's Return to Bay Street (RTBS) Award?
WCM RTBS program seeks to engage and encourage experienced, high-caliber professional women who have opted-out of the capital markets industry and are now interested in re-launching their careers. This program is an important part of WCM's mission to bridge the gender leadership gap in capital markets and effect meaningful change in support of women within the industry.

The program awards successful candidates with:

Do I need to attend the workshop to apply for the award?
If you would like to apply for the award, attending the Information & Skill Building workshop is not a requirement. However, we strongly encourage you to attend as it is specifically designed to prepare candidates for a successful Return to Bay Street Award application experience.

Do I get to select which financial institution I would prefer to work for?
The financial institutions select which candidates they would like to interview based on matching skill sets with available positions. Candidates who are selected to participate in the interview process have the opportunity to rank the financial institutions in order of preference so that we can provide you with the best available match. 

I'm not fully eligible, can I still consider applying?
Although you may not be fully eligible, we encourage you to apply. For questions, please contact [email protected]

Who are the Return to Bay Street sponsors?
The Return to Bay Street Program is currently sponsored and supported by BMO Financial Group, CIBC, Deloitte, National Bank, RBC Capital Markets, RBC Global Asset Management, RBC Wealth ManagementScotiabank, and TD Securities. These banks joined forces to grow the initiative founded by BMO Capital Markets through their Equity Through Education program in late 2012.

Once I submit my application, what is the selection process?
All applications are reviewed by our Return to Bay Street Committee. Successful applicants will be contacted for in-person interviews at least one of the sponsoring financial institutions. Two rounds of interviews may occur. The financial institutions will then select the candidates they wish to offer positions to. The 4-month (minimum) paid contract position will begin September 2018.

If you have any further questions, please email [email protected] or call 416-502-3614.

Past Award Winners

While there is no guarantee of a permanent placement after the contract has been completed, 90% of the winners have completed their work terms and continue to work in the capital markets today.


  • Claire Blessing, RBC Capital Markets 
  • Kimberly Berman, BMO Capital Markets 
  • Christine Darling, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets 
  • Lina Dihay, National Bank Financial Markets 
  • Hannah Green, TD Asset Management 
  • Carol Lee, BMO Capital Markets 
  • Amandeep, Minhas BMO Capital Markets 
  • Christine Sauriol, RBC Capital Markets

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  • Mela Bihuniak, National Bank Financial
  • Ingrid Blauer, BMO Capital Markets (Montreal)
  • Anshu Grover, RBC Capital Markets
  • Vesna Gmazel, TD Securities
  • Dionne Klein, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Anita Lee, RBC Investor & Treasury Services
  • Binah Nathan, BMO Capital Markets
  • Annette Niebuhr, BMO Capital Markets
  • Joanna Pollock, RBC Capital Markets (Montreal)
  • Beverly Sahota, BMO Capital Markets
  • Elizabeth Seger, CPP Investment Board
  • Ariane Stren, Scotiabank


  • Tanja Bey, RBC Capital Markets
  • Christina Caney, TD Securities
  • Roberta Carano, Scotiabank
  • Michelle Fiebig, National Bank Financial Markets
  • Maria Hunt, BMO Capital Markets
  • Karin Huo, RBC Capital Markets
  • Seong Kim, BMO Capital Markets
  • Meric Koksal, CIBC
  • Ilaria Rubbini, TD Securities
  • Jennifer So, BMO Wealth Management


  • Ellen Bernardeau, Project Manager, Derivatives, National Bank  (New York City)
  • Andreea Constantin, VP, Fixed Income Currencies Business Management, RBC (Toronto)
  • Susan Cowan, Director, Debt Capital Markets, BMO Capital Markets  (Toronto)
  • Robin Harris Porter, Senior Manager, Investment and Corporate Banking Finance, BMO Capital Markets  (Toronto)
  • Helen Thomas, VP, Corporate Banking, BMO Capital Markets  (Toronto)
  • Judy Tredgett, RTBS Intern, Global Equity Sales & Trading, Scotiabank   (Toronto)


  • Barbara Glassford, Director, AML Strategy & Transformation, BMO Capital Markets  (Toronto)
  • Christie MacDonald, Director, Cross Business Structuring, BMO Capital Markets  (Toronto)
  • Rakhi Tejani, Director, Operational Risk Financial Markets, National Bank  (Toronto)


  • Mary Ann Mendes, Director, Operations Client Onboarding, BMO Capital Markets  (Toronto)
  • Catherine Staveley, Director, Investor Structured Solutions, BMO Capital Markets  (Toronto)
  • Sheralyn Mills, Director, FX Options Strategist, BMO Capital Markets  (Toronto)
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Gold Corporate Champions

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  •  HSBC
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    • CBA
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    • KPMG
    • PSP investments

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