Return to Bay Street Program (RTBS) 2023

Relaunch your finance career

Applications open January 2nd, 2024

Relaunching Careers | Retaining Top Female Talent in Canadian Finance.

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.

This year WCM will be launching a new version of the program. The program will be run in 3 cycles:

  • February - April
  • May - July
  • September- November

**Applications will be collected during the first 3 weeks of each cycle

This program will continue to bring experienced women back to the mid to senior roles from which they left, rather than having to work their way up the ladder again. In 2023 we will welcome women who have migrated to Canada and are looking for roles in Canadian Finance.

When you apply please identify if you would be entering in the Returnship or Newcomer stream. See eligibility criteria below.

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);
  • 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 105 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, and visibility in the media and in the industry, reaching new levels of success.

Candidate Eligibility


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

  • Must have a minimum of 5 years of finance experience or in a supporting role in the financial industry (legal, marketing, IT, risk, accounting, wealth management, etc);
  • Have taken a career hiatus for the last 1.5 years or longer and not currently employed in Corporate Canada in a finance role;
  • Demonstrate an interest and commitment to re-launch a career in the finance industry.
  • Must be legally able to work in Canada.

*If you have completed Rotman's Back to Work program this supersedes all previously mentioned criteria for eligibility, other than employment with a sponsor firm.


Eligible candidates are women in the process of entering the Canadian finance industry:

  • Must have a minimum of 3 years of finance experience or in a supporting role in the financial industry (legal, marketing, IT, risk, accounting, wealth management, etc);
  • Are not currently employed in the Canadian finance industry and have not been employed in Canadian finance in the last 1.5 years;
  • Demonstrate an interest and commitment to re-launch a career in the finance industry.
  • Must be legally able to work in Canada.

Application Process

Applications will open on February 1, 2023

Components include:

  • Resume
  • Completed Application

Key dates

Cycle 1

  • Info Session 1: Jan 18 2- 3:30pm ET
  • Applications collected: Feb 1- Feb 22
  • Interviews & offers: March 1- April

Cycle 2

  • Info Session 1: April 19 2- 3:30 pm ET
  • Applications collected: May 1- May 22
  • Interviews & offers: June 9- July

Cycle 3

  • Info Session 1: Aug 23 2- 3:30 pm
  • Applications collected: Sept 4- Sept 22
  • Interviews & offers: Oct 6- November


As an industry, we lose 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.


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.


Tarang Agarwal, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Caroline Cruickshank, CIBC Capital Markets

Mary Juwape, BMO Capital Markets

Kavi Khandelwal, TD Securities

Mary Macharia, RBC Capital Markets

Oyinkan Ogungbemile, RBC Capital Markets

Omobola Ogunti, BMO Capital Markets

Adeola Ogunyemi, Manulife Investment Management

Zhen Qin, BMO Wealth Management

Sue Ann Van Damme, Mackenzie Investments

RTBS Recipient, Manulife Investment Management

Catherine Winchell, Gluskin Sheff + Associates

Sabrina Wu, RBC Capital Markets


Bunmi Alao, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets 

Krishnaveni Anantharaman, TD Wealth 

Yamiko Chanje-Nkanza, Manulife 

Grace Efezokhae, BMO Capital Markets 

Naina Garg, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets 

Zahra Hussain, RBC Capital Markets 

Aileen Limketee, BMO Capital Markets 

Sheri Liu, BCI 

Nishar Nwanozie, BMO Capital Markets

Yemi Obigbesan, BMO Wealth 

Morayo (Mo) Olujobi, BMO Capital Markets 

Ahudiya Osiri, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan 

Alix Quashie, Mackenzie Investments 

Kenya Shaimanova, BMO Wealth

Hao Tian, CIBC Capital Markets 

Nicole Turnbull, TD Wealth 

Mirella Villela, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets 

Nicole White, BMO Wealth 

Sara Zheng, BMO Capital Markets


Samantha Amerasinghe, BMO Capital Markets

Julia Barsky, BMO Capital Markets

Ruth Burk, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Josephine Franks, Manulife

Valerie Grimba, RBC Capital Markets

Madiha Javed, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Maggie Lane, TD Wealth

Aigul Narzhanova, TD Securities

Nike Omotayo, TD Wealth

Negar Tabrizi, Scotiabank GBM


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


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

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