Vancouver Steering Committee

Vancouver Steering Committee

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

Lori Norman

Co-Chair, WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Lori Norman

Co-Chair, WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM

It's wonderful to be in a room with articulate, passionate women who want to support each other and promote capital markets and the opportunities that exist. From a self-serving viewpoint, it is refreshing not to have to explain to each other what we do for a living because we all actually know (and it doesn't look like Wolf on Wall Street).

Rachel Colabella

Co-Chair, WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Rachel Colabella

Co-Chair, WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I am passionate about helping WCM realize its mission of driving diversity in the boardroom and in leadership positions, and I am inspired to encourage young female professionals to propel to leadership positions in capital markets and related industries.

Kirsten Nelms

Co-Chair, SheBiz Committee

Kirsten Nelms

Co-Chair, SheBiz Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

My goal in joining WCM is to help foster a robust and candid network of women leaders in Vancouver.

Kirsten Kennedy

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Managing Director, Canada Investor Sales Global Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities, BMO Capital Markets

Kirsten Kennedy

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Managing Director, Canada Investor Sales Global Fixed Income, Currencies & Commodities, BMO Capital Markets

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Why I'm involved with WCM

Mentoring of young women, and those who have chosen to re-enter the business, has become a fundamental aspect of our development culture at BMO Capital Markets. I always embrace the privilege I'm given to help this process in any way I can, including being involved in formation of WCM in Vancouver. All of us are mentors, strong role models and symbols of success to the next generation of incredible women who I know will make us all proud.


Whether actively, or simply through the integrity that's underpinned the success of our own careers, we pass along our collective wisdom and open the doors of opportunity for more and more young women, year after year. WCM allows us all to combine forces and create a community in Vancouver, which it fabulous and very exciting.


Professional Experience

Kirsten is Managing Director, Fixed Income Sales and Sales Manager of the Vancouver group. She is directly responsible for managing the fixed income and money market desks in Vancouver. Kirsten works with an account base of a variety of large sophisticated clients and investors, including hedge funds, provincial treasurers, life insurance, counseling firms and mutual funds.
 
Kirsten spearheaded the development of the “Women in Fixed Income” conference in 2005 and is now in its 14th year. The conference is the only one of its kind in Canada and is an informative forum and networking opportunity with leading women in the industry.  Kirsten was recently awarded the WCM Leadership award recognizing a senior member of the financial community who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing and championing women in capital markets.

Kirsten has a BA from Queen’s University and has completed the International Capital Markets Associate Specialist Program.

Natasha Copeland

SheBiz Committee

Natasha Copeland

SheBiz Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM:

To network and grow relationships with individuals in the Vancouver financial community.

Emily Davies

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Emily Davies

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM

I am passionate about helping the organization realize its mission of promoting gender equality in leadership. Careers in finance open this door and in sharing my experience, I hope to inspire others to give it a try.

Pippa Fry

SheBiz Committee

Pippa Fry

SheBiz Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM:

I am passionate about women in capital markets being aware of what they want, able to advance and realise their potential and ambitions. WCM supports this.

Brianne Gardner

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Brianne Gardner

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I am a strong believer that with collaboration and support among women in finance who have shared goals, will not only benefit personal career development, but also improve self-confidence which in turn will encourage us to reach our highest potential.

Parul Garg

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Parul Garg

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Janine Guenther

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Janine Guenther

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM

I am involved with Women in Capital markets to help encourage more women to enter and stay in the field of finance.

Catherine Heath

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Catherine Heath

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM
I consider myself very fortunate to work in such a fast-paced, interesting field as capital markets. I'm always surprised at how few young women are entering the industry. My goal is to get out and encourage young women to enter this exciting industry through university and high school outreach programs, and by providing mentorship and networking opportunities. In addition, I believe that it is important to have a venue for women currently working in the industry in Vancouver to get together, exchange ideas and support one another.

Mathilde Ho

UniConnect Co-Chair, WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Mathilde Ho

UniConnect Co-Chair, WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Brandon Newell

UniConnect Co-Chair, WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Brandon Newell

UniConnect Co-Chair, WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Brandon Newell is an Executive Director of Financial Solutions within the Global Markets segment at CIBC Capital Markets where he is responsible for the fixed income cash, credit, and derivatives business in Vancouver, managing institutional relationships with a focus on Bank Treasuries, Mortgage Originators, Insurance Companies, Hedge Funds, Pension Funds, and other Real and Alternative Asset Managers. Brandon began his career on the sell side at CIBC in June 2012 after concluding a one year contract at Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

Brandon is active in several community support initiatives at CIBC, including United Way, Movember, Miracle Day, and the CIBC Annual Squash Tournament for Run for the Cure, which he helped originate.

Brandon holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in Finance from Saint Mary’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.

Amar Pandya

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Amar Pandya

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Jim Phillips

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

Jim Phillips

WCM Vancouver Steering Committee

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Why I’m Involved in WCM
I'm involved in WCM to promote diversity of thought and encourage our community, peers, and leaders to do the same.

Lisa Stewart

Co-Chair, SheBiz Committee

Lisa Stewart

Co-Chair, SheBiz Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I am passionate about promoting gender equality in executive positions, beginning by educating young women about careers in finance and encouraging them to pursue a path that excites them.

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