WCM Awards

Applications open September 23rd, 2019

Recognizing Leaders of Change in Capital Markets

WCM’s Awards recognize the exemplary leadership and contributions of individuals and firms in the Canadian capital markets who share an inspiring vision for the future: a future of workplace equality. 


WCM’s Award recipients are those working to accelerate the progress of gender diversity in Canadian capital markets. Their committed efforts to advance women, closing gender gaps, breaking  down barriers for advancement, and to creating cultures that value diversity and inclusion where their employees can thrive. They are revolutionizing their institutions, building the foundation for a better and more prosperous future. They are blazing a path forward with innovation, creativity, and courage.


These individuals are leading by example because they know that succeeding in WCM’s mission, and effectively driving positive change in our industry, requires a concerted effort from everyone. 

2019 WCM Award Categories

  • WCM Rising Star Award
  • WCM Outstanding Volunteer Award

* Full description and eligibility requirements are below

Application DETAILS

  • Resume Submission (including a section that lists any recognitions/ awards/ designations received)
  • A 500 word (max) letter outlining your achievements and how you meet the specific award criteria. Please provide examples of initiatives, efforts, programs and/or policies that showcase your achievements

*Nominations and self-nominations are permitted.

KEY DATES

September 23, 2019: Nominations Open

October 25, 2019: Nominations Close

November 28, 2019: WCM Awards Reception

WCM's 2019 Awards Ceremony
Thursday, November 28th 2019
5:30 PM to 8:30 PM EST

TMX Broadcast Centre, 130 King St W
Toronto, ON M5X 1J2
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AWARDS CATEGORIES | CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

  • + × WCM Rising Star Award (Open 2019)

    Recognizes up to five high-performing female professionals who have demonstrated professional excellence, and  on the path to becoming future leaders in capital markets. Candidates are strong advocates for gender diversity and inclusion in their workplace and have undertaken efforts to improve gender equality by educating their peers, engaging men as allies, and/or actively supporting the advancement of other women in the industry.


    ELIGIBILITY

    • Mid level female professionals (approximately 8-12 years of experience)
    • Must be a WCM member
    • Currently working in Canadian capital markets (buy side or sell side)
    • Employed at a WCM sponsor firm

    Note: WCM Board Members are not eligible for this award.


    CRITERIA FOR SELECTION 

    Nominees are judged based on the following: 

    1. Performance: How has the nominee excelled in her career to date? Has her performance surpassed the expectations of her role?
    2. Leadership: Has the nominee demonstrated strong and moral leadership and people skills? Does she display a commitment to transparency, accountability and measurability? Does she motivate and inspire others?  Does she set a strong example to other female professionals?
    3. Impact: How has the nominee contributed to improving gender diversity on her team, department or firm? How has she supported the advancement of other women and encourage men to be allies? Has she contributed to creating a culture of diversity, inclusion, transparency and accountability?
    4. Ambition: Does the nominee have clear, strong career ambitions for advancement into a leadership role? 
  • + × WCM Outstanding Volunteer Award (Open 2019)

    Awarded to up to two volunteers who have surpassed the typical expectations of a WCM volunteer. The volunteer will have demonstrated impressive leadership and initiative, setting an exceptional example to other volunteers. With an elevated commitment to improving gender diversity and inclusion and championing WCM’s mission. Candidates contribute significantly to increasing WCM’s reach and impact, building strong relationships, delivering relevant programming, and generally furthering our mission to accelerate the progress of diversity and inclusion in capital markets.


    ELIGIBILITY

    • Has held a WCM volunteer position for a minimum of two years
    • Must be a WCM member 

    Note: WCM Board Members are not eligible for this award. 


    CRITERIA FOR SELECTION 
    Nominees are judged based on the following: 

    1. Leadership & Initiative: How has the nominee taken on a leadership role with a WCM Steering Committee, surpassed the typical expectations of a volunteer, and led by example?
    2. Impact: How has the volunteer made a significant impact in their time with WCM? How have their efforts resulted in increasing the reach and impact of WCM projects and initiatives? How have they contributed to advancing WCM’s mission (have their efforts increased membership, WCM’s profile, important strategic relationships, impactful programming, etc)?
  • + × WCM Award for Excellence in Innovation (Closed 2019)

    Awarded to up to two people, groups, departments or firms that have taken bold steps to improve diversity and inclusion through a new and innovative approach. Regardless of whether the initiative yielded the desired results, these recipients have attempted to approach diversity and inclusion innovatively, with a comprehensive and thoughtful strategy that is results-driven, with measurability and accountability as key components.

    CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
    Nominees are judged based on the following: 

    1. Leadership & Initiative: How has the nominee/firm taken a significant leadership role in improving gender diversity within their group, department or firm and role-modeled outstanding leadership to others? How has the nominee/firm led by example, set the tone around gender diversity and inclusion to their peers?
    2. Innovation: How has the nominee/firm taken a new approach to gender diversity and found ways to innovate and affect change?
    3. Intention & Outcome: How did the nominee/firm develop a comprehensive strategy with defined goals, tactics and measurable outcomes? How did the approach display transparency, accountability and measurability?

    Note: WCM Board Members are not eligible for this award.

  • + × WCM Transformational Leadership Award – (Male and Female) (Closed 2019)

    Recognizes two notable senior leaders, one male and one female, committed to improve gender diversity and inclusion at their firms; driving organizational and cultural change. These leaders have surpassed expectations of advocating for diversity*. They have taken a creative approach and have demonstrated exceptional leadership and results-driven success within their team or organization. They have made significant, impactful, and measurable contributions to improving gender diversity and supporting the advancement of female professionals. Candidates have cultivated awareness of gender diversity amongst their peers, and/or influenced their workplaces by inspiring their team members and management to actively contribute toward building a more diverse workplace culture.


    CRITERIA FOR SELECTION
    Nominees are judged based on the following: 

    1. Leadership & Initiative: How has the nominee exceeded what was expected of them* and delivered significant contribution and role-modeled outstanding leadership to others? How has the nominee led by example, set the tone around gender diversity and inclusion, and motivated peer groups and colleagues to contribute to building a culture of increased diversity and inclusion?
    2. Impact: How has the nominee’s efforts affected significant change and improved gender diversity in their team, department or firm? How did they shift culture and management to become more inclusive and aware of gender diversity and inclusion?
    3. Innovation: How has the nominee taken a new approach to gender diversity and found new ways to innovate and affect change?
    4. Intention & Outcome: How did the nominee develop a comprehensive strategy with clear goals, tactics and measurable outcomes?

    *The nominee has demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion beyond sponsorship, mentorship and participation in internal women’s groups.

    Note: WCM Board Members are not eligible for this award.

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