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Applications open September 25th, 2019

Setting Careers in Motion

WCMAspire is designed for females professionals with 1-7 years of experience in Canadian capital markets. 

  • Build professional expertise and continuing education through customized sessions and workshops
  • Learn and develop professional skills for career advancement
  • Access to resources for career development such as professional coaching, insights from industry experts and educational materials
  • Expand your network by building strong professional relationships
  • Raise your profile and visibility among senior leaders

Program Criteria


  • Participants must have 1-7 years experience in capital markets
  • Participants must be currently employed in capital markets (buy side or sell side)
  • Participants must be a WCM member in good standing 
  • Spots will be granted to registrants on a first come, first serve basis when eligibility criteria is met

*70% of spots allocated to front-office employees

*Program Cost: $200 + HST

Key Dates

  • September 25, 2019: Registration Opens
  • October 16, 2019: Registration Closes
  • November 2019: Session 1 | Developing Your Personal Brand and the Art of Networking
  • December 2019: Session 2 | Strategic Communication
  • February 2020: Session 3 | Advocating and Negotiating for Yourself
  • April 2020: Session 4 | Topic TBD (voted on)
  • May 2020: Session 5 | Topic TBD (voted on)

key information

WCMAspire consists of 5 sessions over an 8 month period, beginning in November, and ending in June. All sessions are scheduled before applications open, with session information below. Two of the session topics will be voted on by WCMAspire participants. 

Sessions Hosted at Program Sponsor Scotiabank offices, Toronto.

core offerings | session dates

  • + × Developing Your Personal Brand and the Art of Networking

    November 2019

    Networking and understanding the importance of your personal brand the key to a successful career in capital markets. Learn key skills from an expert facilitator on how to best network and promote yourself in the workplace. Participants can expect to gain insights into how to best leave a first impression, how to maintain long-term relationships gained through networking, and how to best build your brand.

  • + × Strategic Communication

    December 2019

    Learn high stakes communication strategies, and how to best communicate your message. Participants can expect to learn how to solidify key messaging from a clear, relevant and evidence-based perspective. This session will focus on communications inclusive of presentations, pitches and meeting management. Gaining experience and skills in these communication strategies can offer opportunities for advancement. 

  • + × Advocating and Negotiating for Yourself

    Date: February 2020

    Maximize your professional potential through learned negotiation skills provided by a panel of senior leaders in the industry. Participants learn how to seize negotiation opportunities and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Explore about what steps will make the largest impact in your negotiation tactics, and how to best sell yourself.

  • + × TBD

    Date: April 2020

  • + × TBD

    Date: May 2020

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