Return to Bay Street Program (RTBS)

Relaunch your capital markets career.

Applications open February 4th, 2020

Relaunching Careers | Retaining Top Female Talent in Canadian Capital Markets.

Since 2010 WCM’s Return to Bay Street Award Program (RTBS) has played a pivotal role in retaining professional women in the industry by providing a pathway back to their successful careers after migration or an extended period of leave – typically due to family obligations. This program is unique in that it brings experienced women back to the mid to senior roles from which they left, rather than having to work their way up the ladder again. 




Successful candidates receive:  


  • A paid full-time or contract position at an RTBS partnering financial institution (either at a buy-side or sell-side firm);
  • An education grant (up to $5000) to accelerate training and skill-set development, within a one year period;
  • Two mentors – one from the firm and one from WCM;
  • Access to WCM programming with a one-year complimentary WCM membership;
  • Visibility across the industry (and media);
  • Opportunity to gain recent work experience and relaunch network.

Prospective candidates receive: 


  • Opportunity to attend a half-day informational webinar to learn more about the program and gain industry knowledge;
  • Opportunity to attend an interview skills workshop with HR leaders to practice and receive feedback on interviews;
  • Multiple opportunities to expand their professional network and connect with industry leaders – as well as for partners to meet all prospective candidates;
  • Visibility with RTBS partner firms;
  • Opportunity to re-familiarize with industry trends, job-search and interview process.

To date, RTBS has brought 63 experienced women back to the industry. Of these recipients, 76% plan to remain in the industry, 32% received promotions and 84% progressed their careers in the same firm in which they were placed. Each year, the program continues to gain momentum, visibility in the media and in the industry, reaching new levels of success.   

Candidate Eligibility

Award endowment is a selective process based on professional achievement, leadership potential, career aspirations and a desire to return to a career in finance.

Eligible candidates are women in the process of returning to the workforce who:

  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of capital markets experience or experience in a related industry (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 1.5 years or longer;
  • Are currently completing or are available to complete a continuing education program;
  • Are available for a permanent or contract position;
  • Demonstrate an interest and commitment to re-launch a career in the capital markets industry.

*If you have completed Rotman's Back to Work program this supersedes all previously mentioned criteria for eligibility.

Application Process

Applications are closed.

Key dates

February 4, 2020: Applications open 

April 23, 2020: RTBS half-day webinar (for prospective candidates)

April 27, 2020: Applications close

Late May 2020: Shortlist applicants notified for interviews

Late May, 2020: Interview prep session

Late May & June 2020: Interviews 

Late July 2020: Offers presented

RTBS:  UNITING FIRMS IN AN INDUSTRY-WIDE APPROACH TO STRENGTHEN THE PIPELINE OF MID-SENIOR FEMALE TALENT

As an industry, we loose a significant number of female talent just mid-way through their careers – a loss which has extensive implications for firms and the financial industry. 

WCM’s Return To Bay Street Award (RTBS) offers a large-scale response to this female brain-drain, by uniting firms in an unparalleled industry-wide approach to address the gender gap in the senior ranks of finance, to ensure the pool of experienced female talent is accessible to firms, and to support firms in achieving their internal diversity strategy.

RTBS has grown to become Toronto’s most established and prominent returnship. The combined participation, support and resources of our RTBS partners allows the program to scale beyond what an individual firm could realistically achieve. Through RTBS, partners gain access to an incredible pool of skilled and experienced female talent who are seeking to relaunch their careers in capital markets on both the buy-side and sell-side. These candidates have proven success in mid to senior-level capital markets roles, represent an invaluable part of the talent pipeline and are ideal candidates for hire.

The ultimate aim is for these candidates to transition into permanent roles following their returnship and grow into successors for leadership positions.

RTBS: UNITING FIRMS IN AN INDUSTRY-WIDE APPROACH TO STRENGTHEN THE PIPELINE OF MID-SENIOR FEMALE TALENT

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.

2019

Samira Amini, OTPP

Alana Cherwenka Cameron, MacKenzie Investments

Caroline Escott, TD Wealth

Ximena Fierro Langle, Scotiabank GBM

Jacqueline Fry, TD Wealth

Jemi Onyejiaka, BMO Capital Markets

Connie Raddatz, BMO Capital Markets

Erica Roa, MacKenzie Investments

Ivoneke Taylor, OTPP

Katrin Tosine, BMO Capital Markets

Lovelyn Toyo, RBC Capital Markets

2018

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

2017

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

2016

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

2015

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

2014

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 

2013

Barbara Glassford, BMO Capital Markets 

Christie MacDonald, BMO Capital Markets  

Rakhi Tejani, National Bank

2012

Mary Ann Mendes, BMO Capital Markets 

Catherine Staveley, BMO Capital Markets 

Sheralyn Mills, BMO Capital Markets

FAQ

  • + × 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 conference to apply for the award?

    If you would like to apply for the award, attending the RTBS half-day conference 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?

    In order to be considered for the award, candidates must meet (or fall very close to) the eligibility requirements. 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. 

  • + × What level of positions and salaries are offered through the RTBS program?

    There is no specific job description, salary or term limit. Firms develop roles around a successful candidate’s skills, and offer competitive salaries.


    Previous job titles include:

    Equity Research, Special Projects
    Director, Operational Oversight
    Senior Compliance Officer
    VP Trading Products, FICC
    VP Trade floor supervision
    Sponsorship & Marketing, Client Strategy
    Portfolio Manager

    Trader

    Associate Director, Regulatory Solutions

    Associate, Equity Research
    Executive Director, Institutional Structuring
    Chief Administrative Officer
    Associate Director, Sales

  • + × How does the offer process work?

    Firms liaise and make their offers directly to the candidates within a predetermined time frame. 

  • + × What is the start date?

    Start dates typically range from beginning of July to mid-September, and are negotiable between the firm and the candidate. 

  • + × What is the position?

    Position title, area and term (permanent, contract, etc) are negotiable between the employer and candidate.

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