Victoria Steering Committee

Victoria Steering Committee

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

Carmen Firmani

Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Carmen Firmani

Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM
I realized that I wanted to get more involved with Women in Capital Markets when I organized a student outreach event with a former colleague.  In that moment, I realized I could help make a difference.  There is a huge opportunity to create a more diverse workforce, which we can all benefit from.

Jen Scharien

Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Jen Scharien

Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I’m involved with WCM
As a woman in finance and a mother of two young girls I have a passion a drive to take an active role in ensuring a gender equal future for myself and my daughters. It is essential that change comes from the top down but I don’t want to sit idly by and wait for those with power to do all that needs to be done. I am passionate that we also need to take action from the bottom up, hold ourselves accountable for the change we want to see. WCM is an incredible organization with a powerful mission and a national network that not only has the ear of the corporate leaders but offers the tools and guidance to the developing professionals that feed the pipeline to the top. Joining WCM provides me with an amazing opportunity to channel my passion into real influence, connect with other leaders in this space to move the dial, and build a meaningful network.  

Tamara Bonn

Former Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Tamara Bonn

Former Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved in WCM

In 2016, I volunteered as a speed mentor for a WCM event in Vancouver focused on MBA students and alumni. It was incredible to share my professional story and see such enthusiasm and interest from the mentees in wanting to learn more. Moving to Victoria from Vancouver recently, I was inspired to build on that positive experience to help create a WCM network here. I have been able to progress in my career, in part, because of the people I have met through professional networks.

My goal with WCM is to expand our presence in Victoria and develop a network of forward- thinking, professional women who will forge deep and lasting connections, while working together to inspire and engage young women interested in pursuing a career within the capital markets. I am passionate about cultivating connections and I cannot wait to see how our Victoria Chapter will grow!

Alfira Aisikeer

UniConnect Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Alfira Aisikeer

UniConnect Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I attended my first WCM event at UVic right after my graduation. At that time I don’t have any idea about what I want for my career. I alway interested financial industry, but wasn’t sure it will be a good fit or not. After that event I got really inspired by amazing women who told us their stories; this experience encouraged me to shift my career to capital market. WCM is for me a place I can inspired by amazing women, as well as I have chance to bring my stories and energy to young girls;This is why I want to involve in WCM. 

Natasha Aylward

UniConnect Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Natasha Aylward

UniConnect Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Jennifer Coulson

Innovation & Research Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Jennifer Coulson

Innovation & Research Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I support WCM because I see a huge opportunity to build a more diverse workforce in the capital markets industry. There are many pitfalls to having homogeneous groups when it comes to decision-making so it just makes good business sense to have a variety of people around the table to ensure all angles are covered. I advocate for more diversity for the companies we invest in every day in my corporate governance role and want to see the investment industry follow suit. A great deal of work has already been done but there is so much more to do and young women to see mentors and role models if we are going to succeed.

Lucy Edwards

Membership Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Lucy Edwards

Membership Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM
I am an advocate and passionate supporter of WCM’s mission to improve gender diversity in the financial industry.

Adam Goehner

Coordinator, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Adam Goehner

Coordinator, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Shelley Hahn

Professional Development Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Shelley Hahn

Professional Development Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

Having been involved in the Debt Capital Markets for over 20 years it always amazed me how often I was the only women in the room! I have been very fortunate in my career to have had the opportunities to work in this fascinating industry. There are so many aspects to the markets and the financial services industry and I don’t think women in the early stages of their career are even aware of the options. I joined Women in Capital Markets to share my experiences and help other women navigate the opportunities.

Leon He

Professional Development Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Leon He

Professional Development Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Jennifer Kwan

Innovation & Research Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Jennifer Kwan

Innovation & Research Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I share WCM’s mission to connect, coach and advocate for increased representation of women in the fields of finance and science, technology, engineering and mathematics. WCM provides young girls and women in Victoria with an opportunity to tap a national network of professionals and programs. I am honoured to work with a diverse group of professionals who together can inspire and empower young girls and women with information, tools, and support to help them succeed in their careers.

Jamie Lee

Membership Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Jamie Lee

Membership Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I’m involved with WCM
In late 2014, I happened to watch a 15-minute TED Talk video by Sheryl Sandberg (COO of Facebook) who highly spoke about the importance of women leaning in. After that, I did not only become a big fan of hers, but also started believing in the importance of gender equality and the power of sharing and supporting. In addition, as an immigrant, who was not born or raised in Canada, diversity has always been at the top of my interest. I truly believe that gender equality and greater diversity will create a better place for both women and men.

Joelle Maclaren

UniConnect Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Joelle Maclaren

UniConnect Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I’m involved with WCM because I want to make a difference and help close the diversity gap within the capital markets industry. Building a network of strong people to help engage young women in pursuing a career within the capital markets is reason enough to be involved with WCM. Being at the UniConnect and SheBiz events and watching women learn about the capital markets industry and all the possibilities within it, is incredible. I wish I had something like SheBiz when I was in high school! All in all, WCM is an inspiring place to volunteer my time and the connections I have made through the Victoria chapter will be everlasting. 

Basma Majerbi

Basma Majerbi

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I would like to support WCM's mission to attract, advance and retain women in capital markets, which I believe is critical to ensure the financial industry plays a more positive and socially responsible role in society. As an academic, I see firsthand the incredible talent displayed by female students in my courses when dealing with complex finance and investment issues. However, very few of them consider careers in the financial industry. I hope that through my involvement with WCM, particularly in the area of professional development, I can help inspire new graduates and bring more awareness to career opportunities for women in capital markets.

Regan McGrath

Professional Development Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Regan McGrath

Professional Development Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I'm involved with WCM to engage with strong, influential women, and to empower young women to get involved with STEM professions to one day be strong, influential women. Go, girls!

C.P. (Chuck) McNaughton

Membership Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

C.P. (Chuck) McNaughton

Membership Co-Chair, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

As a father of two daughters and a member of the investment community, I truly believe that a change to the disparity in our industry is of the utmost importance. We already know that it will bring improvement to our society, work environments, and the businesses these women lead. I feel as though being an active champion for gender parity is one way in which I can contribute to the movement. It’s through my involvement with WCM (Women in Capital Markets) that I hope to be a positive part of that change.

Larissa Ruditsch

UniConnect Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

Larissa Ruditsch

UniConnect Committee, WCM Victoria Steering Committee

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Why I'm involved with WCM

I became involved with WCM not only to connect with like-minded women in finance, but to be part of the effort to attract more females to our industry. Thinking back to my own post-secondary years, I wish there had been more opportunity to engage with and learn from professional women already working within capital markets. The WCM events geared toward the next generation are an invaluable way to expose young women to the various roles and opportunities out there for them - if sharing my own journey and experience can help with that, I’ll be thrilled.

Rose Whitehouse

Coordinator, WCM Vancouver & Victoria Steering Committees

Rose Whitehouse

Coordinator, WCM Vancouver & Victoria Steering Committees

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Why I'm Involved with WCM
Being a new addition to the TD Wealth Private Investment team, I was being trained away from my desk near a conference room. The room soon filled with people who were attending what they called a "WCM meeting", I had no idea what WCM stood for, or what it meant. Curious, I looked it up. As I was researching the words that caught my eye were, gender diversity, shifting cultures, unity, and finance. After reading a bit more, I knew I wanted to be involved in some way.

After reaching out to the Co-Chairs and listening in on a conference call, I applied for the Coordinator role. Being raised in Central Africa, I grew up seeing women treated as second class citizens. Fearing that may hinder my self-esteem or how I viewed the world, my parents engraved in me that I am just as capable as any other individual on this planet; regardless of the sex I was given. I am here because I believe that there needs to change in societal norms in regards to gender, I am here because I am a women in the finance world, I am here because I believe in the WCM movement for gender diversity, its desire to shift management styles, cultures, and corporate transparency.

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