Accelerate Your Career

Applications open September 25th, 2019

Setting Careers In Motion

Achieve your career goals and accelerate your career with WCMAspire!

  • Expand your network by building strong professional relationships with other program participants; 
  • Learn and develop relevant professional skills to advance; 
  • Raise your profile and visibility among senior leaders (through panel sessions and recognition); 
  • Access key resources to support your advancement (career coach, experts, educational materials); 
  • Increase your knowledge and awareness of gender diversity and inclusion. 

WCMAspire is designed for entry-level female professionals currently employed in Canadian capital markets. 



  • Participants must have up to 7 years experience; 
  • Participants must be currently employed in capital markets (buy or sell side);
  • Participants must be WCM members in good standing; 
  • Spots will be granted to registrants on a first come, first serve basis if they meet the above criteria, with 70% of spots going 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 will consist of 5 sessions over an 8-month period, beginning in November, and ending in June 2020. All 5 sessions will be scheduled before applications open, and the dates will be detailed below. Two of the session topics will be voted on by WCMAspire participants. 

All sessions will be hosted at Scotiabank offices in Toronto. Thank you to our program partner, Scotiabank.

core offerings and session dates

  • + × Developing Your Personal Brand And The Art Of Networking

    Date: November 2019

    Networking and understanding the importance of your personal brand is key to being a successful individual in the workplace and advancing your career. 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 brand yourself.

  • + × Strategic Communication

    Date: December 2019

    Hear about high stakes communication strategies, and how to best communicate your message. Participants can expect to learn how to best solidify their key messaging from a clear, relevant and evidence-backed perspective. This session will focus on communication that is applicable in a day-to-day interaction including presentations, pitches and meetings. These communication strategies will help participants be more confident in their messaging in order to help advance their careers. 

  • + × Advocating And Negotiating For Yourself

    Date: February 2020

    Maximize your professional potential through negotiation skills provided by a panel of senior leaders in the industry. Participants will hear about how to seize everyday opportunities to negotiate and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Learn 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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