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Re-Launching Successful Careers

The Return to Bay Street Award is designed to help professional women re-launch their careers in the Canadian capital markets after an extended period of absence from the industry. WCM works with a broad group of Canadian financial institutions to offer this award and employment contract to qualified women, in preparation to re-launch a full-time career in the Canadian capital markets industry.

The initiative brings women who have taken time away from the industry back to rewarding careers in the capital markets. Over the past 2 years, this program has brought 12 women back to senior roles in the industry. The Return to Bay Street initiative was founded in 2012 with BMO Capital Markets as a partner through its Equity Through Education Program. Support for the program has only continued to grow. In 2013, we added new partners: National Bank Financial, RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank. This year, CIBC and TD have joined our efforts. All involved agree that the Return to Bay Street program has created a valuable pipeline of talent for senior roles in capital markets.

The Award 

The Return to Bay Street Award is a wonderful opportunity for women looking to return to the capital markets industry. The successful candidate(s) will be granted:

  • 4-month paid contract position at one of the six sponsoring financial institutions
  • $5,000 towards an education program
  • A WCM Mentor 
  • One-Year Complimentary WCM Membership

Application Process

The application package will be available March 2, 2015.
Please ensure the components below are sent to [email protected] by Friday, April 10, 2015 at 5 PM

  • Completed Application Form (available as of March 2, 2015)
  • Resume
  • Two signed Reference Letters (to be emailed directly to [email protected] by the individuals providing reference letters)


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

  • Have a minimum of 5 years of professional experience in the Capital Markets industry, specifically in investment banking, sales/trading, risk management and other Capital Markets related experience and who have a variety of backgrounds -- professional, legal, risk, accounting, wealth management etc.
  • Have taken a career hiatus or are currently working outside the Capital Markets industry for the last 2 years or longer
  • Are currently completing or be available to complete a continuing education program; 
  • Are available to complete a full-time, paid 4-month work contract starting in September 2015
  • Demonstrate an interest and commitment to re-launch and pursue a career in the capital markets industry
  • Meet the educational requirements the Award endowment is a selective process based on professional achievement, leadership potential, the career aspirations and desire to return to a career on 'Bay Street' of the candidate.

Information & Skill Building Workshop - March 26, 2015

In order to best prepare candidates for a successful application experience, WCM is offering an information & skill building workshop, hosted by RBC Capital Markets. All women considering applying are encouraged to attend. The workshop will offer:

  • A full overview of the Return to Bay Street Program
  • What to expect as candidates go through the application process
  • The opportunity to hear more about the experience from past award winners
  • A professional career coaching session
  • Panel discussion of female leaders in the industry
  • Networking opportunities and more! 
Register Now!

Please click here to register for the RTBS workshop.
Early bird pricing of $40 is only available until February 26, 2015. Thereafter, tickets are priced at $65

Key Dates

February 26, 2015: Early Bird Deadline for Information & Skill Building Workshop - Click here to register.
March 26, 2015: The 2015 RTBS Information & Skill Building Workshop 
March 30, 2015: WCM will begin accepting award applications
April 10, 2015: All RTBS  Award applications are due. There is no fee required for submitting an application.


Visit our frequently asked questions page for more information. Any further questions regarding the program can be directed to [email protected] or 416-502-3614.

Please help us spread the word by forwarding this page to women you know who might be interested in returning to Bay Street!

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