Toronto Steering Committee

Meet Our Toronto Steering Committee

We invite you to view upcoming events and initiatives in WCM's Toronto Chapter.

Deborah Grosdanis

Co-Chair, Toronto Steering Committee

Associate Director, Fixed Income Sales, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

Deborah Grosdanis

Co-Chair, Toronto Steering Committee

Associate Director, Fixed Income Sales, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

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Why I'm Involved with WCM

I joined WCM as a way to give back- to help young women entering the capital markets industry, as well as to educate students about career opportunities and skills needed to succeed in the industry. While I continue to serve as a mentor to many students and young professionals, in the process I became a champion, advocate and sponsor for several colleagues and peers. Through my volunteer involvement with WCM, I built a vast network of like-minded individuals, whom I rely on immensely for my own professional development. Together we share ideas, work collaboratively and push boundaries to improve gender diversity at all levels in the capital markets industry.

Professional Experience

Deborah has spent the last decade working in progressively senior roles in the capital markets industry. She is currently part of Scotiabank’s Fixed Income Sales desk, where she manages a portfolio of institutional and corporate clients, focusing on the short-end of the curve.  The majority of her career, however, was spent in Corporate Banking where she underwrote credit for a variety of lending structures and more sophisticated banking instruments. Balancing her career aspirations with a strong desire to drive positive social change, in 2016 Deborah joined the newly formed Diversity and Inclusion Office within Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets division. There she worked with senior management to develop a global strategic vision and she implemented several initiatives that had an immediate positive and measurable impact.  

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Deborah is known as being a leader in social responsibility.  She is a strong champion for women and diversity both at her firm and within the industry. She has been involved with WCM in various leadership roles since 2009, speaking on several panels and attending conferences representing Scotiabank. Deborah also sits on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy, and she was the first ally to join the Board of LGBT in Capital Markets. In 2016, Deborah was recognized as an Emerging Leader, an award bestowed to high-potential female leaders in the capital markets industry.

Deborah holds a BBA from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University, where she graduated with high distinction. She is working toward her CFA designation.

Priya Radha

Co-Chair, Toronto Steering Committee

Executive Director, Corporate Solutions Group, CIBC Capital Markets

Priya Radha

Co-Chair, Toronto Steering Committee

Executive Director, Corporate Solutions Group, CIBC Capital Markets

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As a Capital Markets professional, Priya Radha is an Executive Director in the Corporate Solutions Group at CIBC. She is responsible for managing the Canadian Rates Sales team for all Corporates and Provinces. Prior to this role, Priya was the Head Trader and market maker for Scotiabank’s Global Banking Markets Fixed Income Interest Rate Options Business globally. Her success in trading options was partly a function of her role previous to that where she was a Swap trader in the U.S. and Canadian markets as well as a Swap Trader and market maker in European and Sterling interest rates.

Priya is a firm advocate for women in business and has been involved with Women in Capital Markets since she started in the industry. She was the Chair of the Professional Development Committee overseeing over 12 program series that are run by volunteers, for over 3 years. She now has been appointed to a new role as co-chair of Gender Diversity and Inclusion, a new committee within WCM. She was awarded the Executive Coaching Award in 2016 as a high potential candidate who exemplifies exceptional business leadership and the WCM Rising Star Award in 2017. She mentors and coaches several junior and intermediate men and women in Capital Markets. She has spoken as a panelist and a moderator for several WCM events and has been a keynote speaker for Women’s Social Clubs such as Women Building Wealth as well as the York University Finance Club. Her passion for women and finance has driven her to start discussions aimed at increasing financial literacy for women. She writes in her blog www.kittenheeldiaries.com to help women and mothers fulfill their lives in a holistic manner.

Priya holds both a B.B.A. (Hon.) and an M.B.A (Dean’s List) with a Specialization in Finance and Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Keren Beletsky

Co-Chair, UniConnect

Investment Associate, Private Capital, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Keren Beletsky

Co-Chair, UniConnect

Investment Associate, Private Capital, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

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Why I'm Involved with WCM

Mentorship and guidance were and continue to be paramount in my ability to navigate my career. WCM allows me to give back and help young women entering their careers and also collaborate with like-minded people to see how we can educate, push boundaries and ultimately, get more females entering the field.


Professional Experience

Keren is an associate in the Private Capital group at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan (OTPP), she is responsible for evaluating and analyzing potential investment opportunities, due diligence and ongoing management of existing investments. Prior to joining OTPP in 2018, Keren spent two years at National Bank Financial, in their M&A investment banking team.

Keren holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Lindsay Brent

Co-Chair, High School Liaison

Senior Manager, Strategy Development, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC

Lindsay Brent

Co-Chair, High School Liaison

Senior Manager, Strategy Development, Personal and Commercial Banking, RBC

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Why I'm Involved with WCM

To inspire young women across Canada to pursue studies in science, engineering, technology and math, and to educate them about the various rewarding opportunities for a career in finance.


Professional Experience

Prior to transitioning to a role in Strategy Development, Lindsay worked in Canadian Institutional Equity Sales at RBC Capital Markets, where she covered Toronto-based investment firms, family offices and hedge funds. She joined Sales after several years with RBC Wealth Management as a member of  the Portfolio Advisory Group, where she provided support for Investment Advisors, with a specific focus on Canadian Equities. Through the Portfolio Advisory Group, Lindsay delivered objective and independent insights to IAs and their clients.


Lindsay holds an honours undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Environmental Science, and a Masters of Business Administration from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.

Prerna Chandak

Co-Chair, Events & Professional Development

Assistant Vice President, Exchange Traded Funds, Mackenzie Investments

Prerna Chandak

Co-Chair, Events & Professional Development

Assistant Vice President, Exchange Traded Funds, Mackenzie Investments

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Main goals of my committee:

To engage WCM members at various levels of their career through impactful and relevant programs.

Why I'm involved in WCM: 

The opportunity to networking with others in the industry and to help advance women in capital markets through meaningful initiatives.

Greatest achievement:
Read 125 books last year. 

Professional Experience: 
11 years of experience working in brokerage, venture capital, institutional asset management, ETF capital markets and product management. Currently working with Mackenzie Investments as Assistant Vice President, supporting the growth of Mackenzie's ETF platform in Canada. Also involved with the Young Patrons' Circle at the ROM.

Educational background:
MBA, IE Business School, Spain
Hons. B.Comm. (minor in Economics), University of Windsor

Daniel Dorenbush

Co-Chair, Return to Bay Street

Managing Director, Head of Canadian Prime Services, Scotia Capital Inc.

Daniel Dorenbush

Co-Chair, Return to Bay Street

Managing Director, Head of Canadian Prime Services, Scotia Capital Inc.

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Mélanie Dussarrat

Chair, University Outreach & Education Campaign

Director, eFX Trading, CIBC Capital Markets

Mélanie Dussarrat

Chair, University Outreach & Education Campaign

Director, eFX Trading, CIBC Capital Markets

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Why I'm Involved with WCM

Empowering young women and encouraging them to become the best version of themselves.


Professional Bio

Mélanie is a Director in Foreign Exchange Electronic Trading. She is experienced in systematic market making and developing trading strategies in algorithmic trading. Mélanie has a deep knowledge of the capital markets and risk management practices. Prior to joining the eFX Trading desk, Mélanie was part of the foreign exchange and precious metals sales desk where she contributed in deepening existing client relationships and cultivating new ones.

Alongside her professional career, Mélanie is actively involved in different Financial Women associations and non-profit organizations where she holds leading positions.

Mélanie holds a Master degree in Financial Engineering.

Leanne Herbst

Chair, Executive Coaching and Emerging Leaders Awards

Director, Trading Business Management, TD Securities

Leanne Herbst

Chair, Executive Coaching and Emerging Leaders Awards

Director, Trading Business Management, TD Securities

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Why I'm involved in WCM:

I'm proud to be a part of WCM because they offer so much support through their programs to attract, advance and retain women in capital markets.


Professional experience:

Leanne has over 20 years' experience at TD primarily in risk management and change management functions in Retail, AML, Compliance, and Wholesale. Prior to joining Audit, Leanne spent 6 years managing change initiatives in TD Securities. Leanne studied science at York University.

Nancy Karnaos

Co-Chair, Events & Professional Development

Senior Manager, HR/Recruitment, Scotiabank, Global Human Resources

Nancy Karnaos

Co-Chair, Events & Professional Development

Senior Manager, HR/Recruitment, Scotiabank, Global Human Resources

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Main goals of my committee:  

To recognize individuals for their commitment to creating inclusive work environments for diverse talent.


Why I'm involved in WCM: 

To actively support creating a new environment where we no longer think about diversity and inclusion because it now happens organically.


Professional experience: 

Nancy Karnaos has over a decade of experience in human resources within the financial services sector, specializing in the areas of talent acquisition and diversity. Nancy’s career started at Scotiabank within the Canadian Banking Division where after several progressive roles, she carved her path into human resources. Nancy has since worked for some of the largest Canadian banks, primarily supporting the Capital Markets division and she is currently working at Scotiabank supporting recruitment initiatives for Global Risk Management.


Educational background: 

Bachelor of Arts: University of Toronto
Corporate Communications Post-Graduate Diploma: Centennial College
Adler Trained Coach: Adler’s Institute, fully accredited by ICF.

Shoghig Kulidijian

Co-Chair, Women in Leadership

Director, Institutional Sales - Canada Institutional, Russell Investments Canada Limited

Shoghig Kulidijian

Co-Chair, Women in Leadership

Director, Institutional Sales - Canada Institutional, Russell Investments Canada Limited

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Why I'm involved in WCM:

I got involved with WCM, because I believe in the cause. I believe we need to encourage and support one another to help promote the efforts of women past, present and future. Elevating each other's status while looking to create a future of complete gender equality.


Professional Experience:

Shoghig Kulidjian's most recent role was at CIBC Wholesale Banking where she held the position of Executive Director, Head of Middle Markets, Equity Markets. Previous to this role Shoghig was Head of Client Strategy and Analytics, as well as managing the Commission Management group, overseeing the strategy of the business. She has 20 years' experience in the industry, both on buy side and other large sell side institutions.

Shoghig was recently the co-head for the Run for the Cure campaign as the CIBC Line of Business Champion for the Wholesale Banking Division.

Ekta Mendhi

Co-Chair, Women in Leadership

Senior Director, Wealth Management Strategy, CIBC

Ekta Mendhi

Co-Chair, Women in Leadership

Senior Director, Wealth Management Strategy, CIBC

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Why I'm involved in WCM:

While at business school, a scholarship and mentors from WCM helped build my knowledge, experience and confidence. I saw the career-enhancing impact WCM can have, and have been committed to furthering its mission ever since. In my early years as a volunteer, I led initiatives for our University Connections Committee and was gradually entrusted with the responsibility for the advancement of senior women in the industry to the highest levels of leadership, and helping place some of our finest, on major corporate boards.


Professional experience:

I bring several years of experience in financial services and management consulting. I have global financial services experience, with leading banks in emerging and developed markets, across retail banking, wealth management and investment banking. In my work as a management consultant, I have advised leading Canadian financial institutions in the areas of corporate growth strategies, M&A, profitability and portfolio optimization, operational efficiency and innovative business models. In my previous role, I served as Chief of Staff to the Managing Partner (CEO) of Deloitte's Assurance and Advisory business.


I am now Senior Director, Strategy at CIBC, leading the development and operationalization of the Bank's Wealth Management strategy.


I hold a BCom. with Honours in Economics and an MBA from highly regarded universities in India and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, where I also received the prestigious Women in Capital Markets Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship and the J. Michael Toohey Memorial Scholarship for outstanding leadership ability, among several other recognitions and awards.

Alexandra Schroder

Co-Chair, Mentorship

Associate, Foreign Exchange Sales, Scotiabank

Alexandra Schroder

Co-Chair, Mentorship

Associate, Foreign Exchange Sales, Scotiabank

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Why I'm involved in WCM:

I joined WCM in 2008 while I was in high school and had no idea what ‘capital markets’ meant. The High School Liaison committee was instrumental to my foray in the industry by opening my eyes to career paths outside of the math and science streams. I’ve remained involved in the organization ever since, volunteering on various committees because I’m passionate about increasing awareness of careers in the industry and advancing women in their careers.

Nicole Swartout

Co-Chair, Return to Bay Street

Managing Director, Institutional Equity Trading, CIBC World Markets

Nicole Swartout

Co-Chair, Return to Bay Street

Managing Director, Institutional Equity Trading, CIBC World Markets

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Melissa Vukovic

Co-Chair, Mentorship

Associate, Corporate Sales & Structuring | Global Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities, BMO Capital Markets

Melissa Vukovic

Co-Chair, Mentorship

Associate, Corporate Sales & Structuring | Global Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities, BMO Capital Markets

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Ashley Warburton

Co-Chair, High School Liason

Senior Manager, Portfolio Solutions, RBC Global Asset Management

Ashley Warburton

Co-Chair, High School Liason

Senior Manager, Portfolio Solutions, RBC Global Asset Management

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Why I'm involved in WCM:

I first joined Women in Capital Markets in 2007 to meet like-minded individuals who were passionate about advancing the number of women working in capital markets. I remain involved because of the amazing opportunities to volunteer and have been fortunate enough to have been involved in both the 2008 and 2011 Catalyst/WCM Benchmarking Report and the Vinifera Planning Committee, where I served as Co-Chair for 2011 and Chair for 2012.


Professional experience:

Ashley is currently a Portfolio Solutions Advisor at RBC Global Asset Management. In this role she is the center of expertise supporting the sale, marketing and positioning of the RBC Portfolio Solutions suite of products totaling $70 billion in assets under management. Prior to her current role, Ashley worked as a Senior Product Manager with Dynamic Funds/Scotiabank leading the marketing, product development, and sales strategy for growth equity investment products. She also spent several years at TD as a Senior Analyst in the Portfolio Advice and Investment Research group at TD Wealth Management and held several positions across TD ranging from retail banking and investments to managing sales and incentive programs. 


Ashley holds an undergraduate honours degree in Applied Economics from Queen's University and is currently pursuing a Masters in Finance at Rotman. She is also a CFA Charterholder.

Helena Wang

Co-Chair, UniConnect

Senior Associate, Principal Credit Investments, CPP Investment Board

Helena Wang

Co-Chair, UniConnect

Senior Associate, Principal Credit Investments, CPP Investment Board

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Why I'm involved in WCM: 

WCM allows me to connect with other women in finance and help younger women who are pursuing this career. I find it very fulfilling to be able to help female students achieve their goal of getting into the industry or simply encourage them to consider this rewarding career option.


Professional experience: 

Helena is an associate in the Principal Credit Investments group at CPPIB, she is responsible for evaluating and analyzing potential investment opportunities, due diligence and ongoing monitoring. Prior to joining CPPIB in 2015, Helena spent three years in investment banking at BMO Capital Markets where she worked on debt financing and M&A transactions. 


Helena holds Bachelor of Mathematics (with distinction), University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier, and is a CFA level 3 candidate.

Selina Wang

Co-Chair, UniConnect

Vice President, Institutional Equity Trading, Electronic Trading, RBC Capital Markets

Selina Wang

Co-Chair, UniConnect

Vice President, Institutional Equity Trading, Electronic Trading, RBC Capital Markets

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Why I'm involved in WCM: 

An amazing woman in WCM once helped me get my first job in Capital Markets, and over the years, I've been fortunate enough to meet many more mentors and women who I look up to from WCM. Taking on a leadership role in the UniConnect Committee allows me to give back to students and the community to hopefully make a positive impact.


Professional experience: 

I am a sales trader on the Institutional Equity Electronic Trading desk at RBC Capital Markets. I provide real-time trading advice and develop unique trading strategies for institutional clients who use automated/algorithmic strategies to trade equities. I also proactively manage operational risks and control deficiencies in our business, educate clients on market structure news, and work with internal members on new product development.


Prior to joining the Institutional Trading desk, I worked in the Equity Order Management team in Operations at RBC Capital Markets where I supported both Institutional and Retail Trading desks with their daily processes.


I hold a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialisation in Finance & Economics from Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto.

Karin Bergeron

Co-Chair, Emerging Leaders and Executive Leaders program

Managing Director and Head, XVA Trading, Scotiabank

Karin Bergeron

Co-Chair, Emerging Leaders and Executive Leaders program

Managing Director and Head, XVA Trading, Scotiabank

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Why I’m involved in WCM:

Capital Markets in an exciting and dynamic environment full of opportunity for those with the motivation to seek it out, and the understanding of how to seize the opportunities available. I am involved in WCM to support women in their journey for success in the Capital Markets, and to play a transformational role in making the Capital Markets workplace more diverse.


As a past recipient of the Executive Coaching Award, I have seen first-hand the potential benefits of coaching. Coaching has been very impactful for me in my career and I am excited to be working on this portfolio within WCM.

Professional Experience:

In my current role as head of XVA, I manage a team responsible for Valuation Adjustments and Collateral Management associated with the bank’s derivatives business. I have over 15 years of experience in global derivatives markets. I began my career at Scotiabank in the Financial Engineering team in 2003 where I lead projects and built models to support the global derivatives businesses. In 2010, I joined what was then the CVA desk and have built the desk’s capabilities to include other VA’s (funding, collateral, capital) as the markets have evolved.

I hold a BSc in Mathematics and a BA in Music from Queen’s University and an MA in Mathematics and a Graduate Diploma in Financial Engineering from York University and have 2 young daughters.

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