Toronto Steering Committee

Toronto Steering Committee

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

Deborah Grosdanis

Co-Chair, Toronto Steering Committee

Deborah Grosdanis

Co-Chair, Toronto Steering Committee

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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.

Priya Radha

Co-Chair, Toronto Steering Committee

Priya Radha

Co-Chair, Toronto Steering Committee

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Keren Beletsky

Co-Chair, UniConnect

Keren Beletsky

Co-Chair, UniConnect

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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.

Clara Bor

Co-Chair, Events & Professional Development

Clara Bor

Co-Chair, Events & Professional Development

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Why I'm involved in WCM
I first joined Women in Capital Markets in 1995, and over my career have been highly engaged as an advocate of the advancement of women, championing young professionals, by acting as a mentor and coach.

Lindsay Brent

Co-Chair, High School Liaison

Lindsay Brent

Co-Chair, High School Liaison

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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.

Nicole Dason

Innovation & Research Co-Chair

Nicole Dason

Innovation & Research Co-Chair

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Why I’m involved with WCM
Many women ahead of me in banking have had to deal with inequalities and unconscious gender bias in the workplace. Sadly, many of these same inequities still exist.  I believe that I am giving back to all of those women who have come before me by volunteering with WCM to strive towards equality between men and women. I have also had my fair share of excellent women mentors and role models along the way and would like to give back in the same capacity.

Daniel Dorenbush

Co-Chair, Return to Bay Street

Daniel Dorenbush

Co-Chair, Return to Bay Street

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Mélanie Dussarrat

Co-Chair, UniConnect

Mélanie Dussarrat

Co-Chair, UniConnect

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Why I'm Involved with WCM

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

Heidi Gordon

Co-Chair, Membership

Heidi Gordon

Co-Chair, Membership

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Why I’m involved in WCM:

I’m involved in WCM because of its commitment to attracting, retaining and promoting women in capital markets professions. I look forward to the day when there are as many senior women involved in the capital markets transactions that I am working on, as there are senior men.

Sara Guo

Co-Chair, Events & Professional Development

Sara Guo

Co-Chair, Events & Professional Development

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Why I'm Involved with WCM
The widely available research shows that we have a diversity issue in our Capital Markets industry. While it is important to recognize the issue and its causes, it is even more important to act on the issue and find solutions. WCM is an organization that is focused on the latter. Through my involvement with WCM, I hope to help drive change and make an impact working alongside other like-minded individuals. It has been a rewarding experience to help others discover and find a passion in Capital Markets.

Mary Ann Mendes

Co-Chair, Return to Bay Street

Mary Ann Mendes

Co-Chair, Return to Bay Street

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Boris Nikic

WCM Toronto Steering Committee

Boris Nikic

WCM Toronto Steering Committee

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Why I'm Involved with WCM
I would like to help continue the discussion and help drive continued change in our industry. This question sparks a long discussion in my head, but the key message for me is to continue the discussion that sometimes stops because people are too afraid to ask. The recent US election made me realize how much prejudice is still buried under the surface of seeming political correctness. Too many people are still discriminatory towards others but simply do not express it because of the fear that they will be demonized. Keeping these groups suppressed does not accomplish the ultimate goal of acceptance and inclusiveness. We need to re-open the discussion (in a safe manner) that will allow us to educate one another and hopefully turn intolerance that is often masked by quietness into genuine understanding of one another.

Alexandra Schroder

Co-Chair, High School Liaison

Alexandra Schroder

Co-Chair, High School Liaison

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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.

Melissa Vukovic

Co-Chair, Mentorship

Melissa Vukovic

Co-Chair, Mentorship

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Liqiao Zhang

Co-Chair, Mentorship

Liqiao Zhang

Co-Chair, Mentorship

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