Executive Leaders Award Program

Applications open October 12th, 2021

Refine executive skills to accelerate your career trajectory and​ break the glass ceiling.

To date, 61 women have benefited from this program and have moved on to the highest ranks in their finance careers.

The Executive Leader Program includes:

  • Six months of executive coaching through coaching partner Felix Global;
  • Ten professional development sessions;
  • Facet 5 professional personality assessment and debrief meeting;
  • 360 degree evaluation and report.


To apply, ensure that you:

  • Have an active WCM Membership
  • Are currently employed at a senior leadership level within the finance industry at a WCM sponsor firm of Gold Leadership or Large Global Financial Institution level
  • Have a minimum ten years of professional experience in finance 
  • Applying with support of your firm
  • Submit a complete application that includes all of the components listed below

* Candidates must be available for a six-month period to work with an executive coach under a mutually agreed upon schedule. Once the award recipients are announced, a further memorandum of understanding will be provided at a special awards meeting. The memorandum will outline the time period and commitment expectations between the recipient and the executive coach.

Candidates will be assessed on:

  • Commitment to career advancement 
  • Leadership abilities
  • ED&I championship 
  • Support from leadership (Strength of reference letter)

Application Components & Scoring

1. Resume: should outline a minimum of 10 years in the finance industry (1 point)

2. Letter of Recommendation: must be from a manager or senior individual in your firm that demonstrates the endorsement by senior level executives regarding your potential for leadership and advancement. (5 points)

3. Your response to the following questions (found in application link):

  • Provide measurable examples that outline your commitment to your career development (may included; professional development opportunities, further education, training or credentials, commitment to learning and development etc.) (3 points)
  • Share examples in your career of when you have assumed leaderships roles and/ or exhibited characteristics of leadership (3 points)
  • Share any examples of obstacles you have overcome in your career journey (3 points)
  • Share how you have championed Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. (could include ways that you have given back through volunteering with WCM or the greater community) (3 points)
  • Briefly outline your career aspirations over the next 3-5 years. (Be as specific as possible) (2 points)
  • Outline why coaching at this level will be beneficial to your career and what you hope to get out of it (must complete but not scored)

Program Timeline

October 12, 2021: Applications Open

November 30, 2021: Application Deadline

January 2022: Successful Candidates Notified

January 2022: Program Kick-Off

August 2022: Program Concludes

Past Winners

The Executive Leaders Program has advanced the careers of 61 female professionals, with all award recipients moving into increasingly senior positions in their finance careers. Congratulations to the below recipients of WCM's Executive Leaders Program.


Barbara Foy-Pilchner, Manulife Investments 
Roanna Kim, RBC Capital Markets
Meric Koksal, CIBC Capital Markets
Mary Ann Mendes, BMO Capital Markets 
Sarah Thompson, RBC Capital Markets
Mathilda Yared, National Bank of Canada


Roberta Carano, Scotiabank, Global Banking and Markets
Joanne Hing, BMO Capital Markets
Maria Hushovd, RBC Capital Markets
Alana Johnston, Scotiabank, Global Banking and Markets
Priya Radha, CIBC Capital Markets
Louisa Spector-Noel, Scotiabank, Global Banking and Markets


Danielle Clements-Lewis, Scotiabank
Luana DiCandia, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Maria Laura Gimena, Scotiabank
Faiza Vassanji, National Bank Financial
Catherine Zhang, Scotiabank


Alicia Quinn, Scotiabank
Ekta Mendhi, CIBC
Jennifer Long, Scotiabank
Jiena Chen, TD Securities
Karin Bergeron, Scotiabank
Roseanne Palumbo, TD Securities


Andreea Amariei, TD Securities
Deanna Harada, Scotiabank
Erika Osmond, Scotiabank
Tara Kennedy, TD Securities
Stephanie Wolfe, BlackRock
Marta Cano, Scotiabank
Anastasia Kotsidis, Scotiabank 


Elizabeth Daponte, Scotiabank GBM 
Cheryl M. Ferguson, BMO Capital Markets 
Joanne O'Hea, Director, RBC Capital Markets 
Priya Radha, Scotiabank GBM


Paula Czach, Scotiabank
Mistine Lauzon, Goldman Sachs
Andrea Morwick, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Rebecca Pang, CIBC


Julie Cowan, Morgan Stanley
Kirsten Kennedy, BMO Capital Markets
Catherine Staveley,BMO Capital Markets
Beata Swist, National Bank Financial


Charlotte Daughney, TD Securities
Viktoriya Gruzytska, CIBC 
Nicola Ray-Smith, Scotiabank
Wendy Smith, Scotiabank
Synthia St-Michel, Intact Investment Management


Diana Avigdor, Barometer Capital Management
Susanna Cicic, CIBC
Chint Kulkarni, CIBC
Sandra Tittlit, BMO Capital Markets
Hatice Unal, ITG Canada Corp


Julie Card, Ascent Investment Management
Patricia Graham, RBC Capital Markets
Sheryl Holmes, CIBC
Kathryn Smith, TD Securities
Camilla Sutton, Scotia Capital


Laura Isidean, Scotia Capital Ascent
Heather Kirk, National Bank Financial
Sandra Lokoff, RBC Capital Markets
Annie Ropar, RBC Capital Markets
Laurie Russell, CIBC Capital Markets


Carrie Freeborough, Citigroup Global Markets Canada Inc.
Michelle Khalili, CIBC World Markets
Deborah Lee Chang, BMO Harris Investment Management
Lisa Petrelli, UBS Securities Canada
Mary Robertson, Scotia Capital Inc.

Felix Global

Thank you to our coaching partner, Felix Global.

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.

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