Emerging Leaders Award Program

Reaching High-Potential Women Early

Apply by July 20th

Reaching High-Potential Women Early

The Emerging Leaders Award Program provides high-potential women with a unique and valuable developmental opportunity that will help them plan their careers, equip themselves to compete for progressively more senior roles and break through to the next level in their careers. This six-month program offers women with five to ten years of capital markets experience personal and group professional coaching sessions with our esteemed coaching partner. The program includes:

  • a personal professional assessment through the Facet 5;
  • group coaching sessions with the peers in the Emerging Leaders program;
  • skill building sessions, including a panel with senior leaders in the industry;
  • excellent networking opportunity with other mid-level career women;
  • and two individual coaching sessions.


You are:

  • Currently employed in Canadian capital markets and have five to ten years of experience in the industry;
  • Employed at a mid-level position and apply with the support of their firm;
  • Employed in Canada;
  • A WCM member in good standing.

Candidates must be able to commit to completing the pre-work and be available to attend monthly group sessions over a six-month period from September 2018 to February 2019. Upon selection of program recipients, a program guide will be provided to outline the time period and expectations.

Criteria for Selection

  • Demonstrated commitment to career development as exemplified by the attainment of more advanced roles;
  • Demonstrated ability to take the lead on initiatives and overcome obstacles;
  • Exemplifies the characteristics of business leadership;
  • Emulates the vision and objectives of WCM.

Application Process

Application components include: 

Application Form

Current Resume
Please email your resume directly to WCM at [email protected].

Letter of Recommendation
Include a signed reference letter from a senior level executive in your firm endorsing your potential for leadership and advancement within the firm and/or industry. The letter of recommendation should be submitted by the individual providing the reference directly to WCM at [email protected].

Applications will close July 20, 2018.

Key Dates

June 8, 2018: Application Open

July 20, 2018: Applications Close

August 2018: Successful Candidates are notified

September 2018: Program Kick-Off

February 2019: Program Concludes

Thanks to the support of our exclusive coaching partner, Felix Global Corp.

Apply by July 20th

Past Emerging Leaders Award Recipients

The Emerging Leaders Award Program is designed to support the development of high potential women into more leadership roles in the industry. To date, 61 women have completed the Emerging Leaders Award Program and moved on to great successes in their careers.


Adriana O. Gibbon, CPP Investment Board
Arezou Bahari, CIBC Capital Markets
Carmen Firmani, BCI
Christina Alexander, Citibank
Christine McNerney, Periscope Capital
Fatoumata Binta Barry, BCI
Helen Zhang, CIBC Capital Markets
Jamie See, TD Securities
Melanie Dussarrat, CIBC Capital Markets
Melissa Mooney, Scotiabank
Nicole Dason, CIBC Capital Markets
Vanessa Parrack, Scotiabank
Veleyny Saavedra, Scotiabank
Wen Tian, RBC Capital Markets
Ashley Pulkys, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan
Catherine Chu, RBC Capital Markets
Claire Vranic, CIBC Capital Markets
Evise Kopliku, Manulife
Jashneet Duffy, TD Securities
Nina Fiorentino, BMO Nesbitt Burns
Patricia Cernes-Banner, Scotiabank


Amy Baryshnik, Alignvest Capital Management
Christina Brennan, Scotiabank GBM
Anca Bucataru, TD Securities
Bridget Campbell, BlackRock
Krati Chhajer, CIBC Capital Markets
Kristen Dickson, NATIONAL Equicom
Laura Emmerton, RBC Capital Markets
Deborah Grosdanis, Scotiabank GBM
Andrea Hucal, BMO Capital Markets
Georgeta Iacobelli, TD Securities
Candice Jay, Pembroke Private Wealth Management
Charissa Lai,  CPP Investment Board
Geneviève Madore, Manulife
Aleksandra Nedialkova, CIBC Capital Markets
Katie Perdue, Scotiabank GBM
Katie Tabesh, National Bank Financial
Jennifer Tkachuk-Tremblay, TD Securities


Maria Amilcar, BlackRock
Jessica Haystead, BMO Capital Markets
Heather Killian, CIBC World Markets
Emma Johnson, CIBC World Markets
Acushla Vestby, CIBC World Markets
Lisa Cho, CIBC
Bronwyn Ward, CPP Investment Board
Mimi Majumder, Manulife Asset Management
Joegina Philip, National Bank Financial
Susan Calder, RBC Capital Markets
Carla Deeks, Scotiabank GBM
Maida Dalmacio, TD Securities
Nicole Scott, TD Securities


Kim Brand, Scotiabank
Priya Arora, CIBC
Subashini Chandran, Scotiabank
Po Chu Fong, ITG Canada Corp
Alicia Mair, Scotiabank
Ly Nguyen, Scotiabank
Jane Segal, Ontario Teachers Pension Plan
Sophia Soofi, CIBC
Amanda Tang, National Bank Financial
Alina Weaver, CIBC


Thank you to our exclusive coaching partner, Felix Global Corp.

Felix is a North American leader in providing superior talent solutions to organizations that value strong leaders, strong talent and strong cultures. Felix was founded on a commitment Strength in People™. We live that commitment every day by delivering a responsive, cost-effective, customer-centric approach to talent solutions, aimed at exceeding goals and results for our valued customers and their organizations.

With over 25 years of experience, our solutions have benefited best-in-class organizations from a wide range of industries, including Financial Services, Technology, Life Sciences, Telecommunications, Energy, Retail, Manufacturing, Not-for-Profit and Government. As a provider of professional and Executive coaching services, we focus on enhancing leadership effectiveness and impact, increasing leaders’ ability to lead during times of external and internal change and incorporate the needs of each individual leader, ensuring an experience based on coach-client fit. More information available at www.felixglobal.com.

For further information, please contact: Art Filip, Felix Head of Canada & COO, at 416-512-7244 ext. 251 or [email protected]

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