Return to Bay Street Program

Relaunch your capital markets career!

Applications open March 11th, 2019

Relaunching Successful Careers & Retaining the Industry’s Top Female Talent

Do you know a talented woman looking to relaunch her career in the capital markets? WCM’s Return to Bay Street Award Program (RTBS) plays an important role in retaining professional women in this industry by providing a pathway back to their successful careers after an extended period of leave – typically due to family obligations. This program is unique in that it brings experienced women back to the senior roles from which they left, rather than them having to work their way up the ladder again. 

This award is a wonderful opportunity for women looking to return to the capital markets industry. The successful candidates are granted:

  • A minimum 4-month paid contract position at one of our partnering financial institutions;
  • $5,000 towards education program(s);
  • A mentor relationship;
  • One-year complimentary WCM membership.

We are pleased to announce the recipients of our 2018 Return to Bay Street (RTBS) Award. "It gives me great pleasure to congratulate these outstanding women who are relaunching their careers with the ability to make an immediate contribution to the firms they are joining. In addition, I would like to recognize the incredible commitment that the Canadian Banks are making by partnering with WCM to seek out this tremendous talent pool. Their support of the program and ongoing desire to contribute to the positive momentum in diversity and inclusion is admirable”, said Camilla Sutton, CEO of Women in Capital Markets.

Candidate Eligibility

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'. 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 or have capital markets related experience (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.

Application Process

Applications for our 2017/18 Return to Bay Street Award Program closed on April 16, 2018. Applications for our 2018/19 Program will open in March 2019.  
The application includes the following components:

  • Completed application form
  • Resume
  • Two signed reference letters (to be emailed directly to [email protected] by individuals providing the reference letter)

Key dates

Late February 2019: Workshop and RTBS Skill Build 

Late February 2019: Applications open

Late March 2019: Applications due date

Early April 2019: Shortlist applicants notified for interviews

Late April 2019: Interview Prep Session

Late April & May 2019: Interviews 

June 2019: Offers Presented

Past RTBS Award Recipients

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


Kristine Beese, BMO

Lisa Brown, Scotiabank

Tiffany Dinh, BMO

Anita Ho, RBC

Maria Hunt, CIBC

Dimitra Kappos, BMO

Roanna Kim, RBC

Leila Kulbayeva, TD

Ella Liapis, RBC

Rajeshwari Nair, TD


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


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, National Bank  (New York City)

Andreea Constantin, RBC

Susan Cowan, BMO Capital Markets 

Robin Harris Porter, BMO Capital Markets 

Helen Thomas, BMO Capital Markets 

Judy Tredgett, Scotiabank 


Barbara Glassford, BMO Capital Markets 

Christie MacDonald, BMO Capital Markets  

Rakhi Tejani, National Bank


Mary Ann Mendes, BMO Capital Markets 

Catherine Staveley, BMO Capital Markets 

Sheralyn Mills, BMO Capital Markets


  • + × 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 capital markets this year or at any point in the future. It's for women with direct or indirect capital markets experience and who have a variety of backgrounds - professional, legal, risk, IT, marketing, accounting, wealth management etc. The workshop will provide you with the insight, tools, confidence and connections to plan your career relaunch.

  • + × 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 Program 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 don't meet all of the eligibility requirements, can I still apply?

    Although you may not be fully eligible, we encourage you to apply. For questions, please contact [email protected]

  • + × Once I submit my application, what are the next steps?

    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 successful candidates. The minimum four-month paid contract position will begin September 2019.

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