Advocating for the Advancement of Women

WCM's Women in Leadership Network (WIL) is comprised of women in leadership roles in capital markets and affiliated industries.

This initiative evolves from the former Senior Women's Network (SWN) by moving beyond networking events. Our strategic goals are to (a) promote the business case for gender diversity at the executive table, (b)  increase the numbers and impact of women in senior management and on boards, (c) strengthen the public profile of women leaders, and (d) enhance the pipeline of women ready for senior leadership ranks.

New Canadian alliance created to achieve gender parity on boards

A new alliance has been created to help accelerate gender parity on boards. The Canadian Gender and Good Governance Alliance (CGGGA) is made of seven influential Canadian organizations dedicated to pushing forward gender equality in the workplace, especially on boards and in executive positions. Read full article here. 

WCM Board-Ready Directory

WCM is pleased to provide the following directory of Canadian Board-Ready Women as researched and compiled by members of WCM's Women in Leadership Committee (WIL). With a commitment to increasing the numbers and impact of women in senior management and on Boards, WIL sought the input of highly experienced industry professionals from across Canada. The end result is this directory which Chairs, senior leaders and recruiters can leverage to identify and locate women who are eminently qualified to sit on for-profit and not-for-profit Boards of Directors.  View Directory >>

The Role of the Board
Here's a question you won't hear in the great Canadian board debate: why on earth does anyone want to be a director?


Past WIL Events

Leverage Your LinkedIn: How to Build a Professional LinkedIn Profile

May 4, 2016. This was the first of our two-part series for our Women In Leadership members to boost "Your Professional Brand" by leveraging LinkedIn. Join us for a fun evening to welcome spring and get a LinkedIn primer. Our guest speaker, Susan Kates, a marketing consultant and a Professor at Centennial College, will share strategies to create a powerful profile. Our first 25 registrants will be offered a complimentary professional headshot to be taken at the venue, which can be used in your LinkedIn profile. 

Celebration of Trailblazing Women

On May 20, 2015 WIL hosted the first in a series of events Celebrating Trailblazing Women in the Capital Markets. The event featured a panel of accomplished women from investment banking who highlighted the deals and experiences that shaped their careers and an industry that has evolved significantly over the last 30 years. To learn more about the event and see photos, please click here.

Boardroom Bound

WIL's inaugural Boardroom Bound event took place on November 13, 2014. Following the release of the Government's Report entitled "Good for Business: A Plan to Promote More Women on Canadian Boards", the event offered insights from influential players from the public, private and recruitment sector, including The Honourable Kellie Leitch, MP, Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women to make the plan for more women on boards a reality.To learn more about this event, please click here.  Media: Boardroom Bound: Pushing for greater diversity in the National Post.

Upcoming Events of Interest

To promote and celebrate women in senior leadership and on boards, we are pleased to share the following invitations. We encourage you to invite guests of all genders for these insightful events featuring inspiring women leaders.

The Canadian Board Diversity Council is accepting applications for 2016 Diversity 50

2016 Diversity 50, Canada's only national database of qualified, diverse candidates for corporate board of director appointments, is adding another 50 candidates to the list this year, creating what we consider the definitive resource of diverse, board-ready candidates. If you have the qualifications to serve on an FP500 board and are interested in being considered for the 2016 Diversity 50, apply by May 18. More details >>


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