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Overview of Careers in Finance | Virtual Event for University Students

Tuesday, June 9th 2020
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Webinar, ON

Overview of Careers in Finance | Virtual Event for University Students

Considering a career in Finance? Join us for a virtual panel discussion to hear from professionals working in the capital markets, as they shed light on the rewarding career opportunities that exist in this exciting industry. Professionals will offer insights into what a career in finance really looks like, share their own personal career journeys, discuss industry trends and opportunities in the field, and offer advice on how to succeed in the world of finance. 

*This event is designed for female students enrolled in graduate or undergraduate programs who are interested in pursuing a career in finance.

Not a WCM member? If you purchase a regular ticket and attend the event, you will receive a one year WCM University Membership, free of charge.


Mélanie Dussarrat

Director, eFX Trading, CIBC Capital Markets

Mélanie is a Director in Foreign Exchange Electronic Trading. She is experienced in systematic market making and developing trading strategies in algorithmic trading. Mélanie's expertise includes 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. Mélanie holds a Master degree in Financial Engineering. She is the recipient of the Women in Capital Markets (WCM) Rising Star Award and the Women in Capital Markets (WCM) Emerging Leader Coaching Award. She holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designations.


Alice Xu

Associate, Infrastructure Investing, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Alice Xu is a member of the Value Creation & Analytics team and currently focuses on strategy, portfolio construction and investor relations, including valuation and internal reporting. She is currently involved with Ontario Teachers’ investment in Koru. She joined Ontario Teachers' in 2013 and worked for the Operations, Capital Markets and Investor Relations & Total Fund Reporting groups before joining Infrastructure and Natural Resources in 2018. Prior to joining, Alice worked as an analyst for CPPIB's Structured Products team. She holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and is a CFA charterholder.

Kwang Pithayachariyakul

Associate, Real Estate Investment Banking, TD Securities

Kwang is an Associate in the Real Estate Investment Banking group at TD Securities. She focuses on equity and debt financings as well as mergers and acquisitions in the Real Estate industry. Prior to joining TD in 2017, Kwang spent four years as a project manager at Pacific Capital Real Estate Group, overseeing mixed-use residential and office developments in Vancouver and Calgary. Kwang holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business and a BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Janet Richardson

Manager, Territory Sales Coordinator, Wealth Sales - Manulife Investment Management

Janet joined Manulife in 2013 and started out as a Territory Sales Coordinator, supporting Wealth Sales Wholesaling teams to execute their sales strategy and deliver high-quality service and solutions to Investment Advisors. In 2015, she transitioned into a leadership role, and for the past 5 years, has led the Ontario East coordinator team.  In 2019, she played an integral role in building out a mentorship and developmental program for team members who expressed interest in pursuing a career in Sales and Investment Management, and is proud that over 50% of her team advanced their career and got promoted within Manulife. Most recently, Janet has been participating in the 2019/2020 Women in Capital Markets Emerging Leaders Program and feels very fortunate to be a part of this program with the opportunity to learn from inspiring women and senior leaders.  Prior to joining Manulife, Janet graduated from Western University in Business Management and worked in South Africa for a management consulting firm. She found her time in South African to be an incredible experience that pushed her outside of her comfort zone, teaching her about living and working in a different culture with individuals from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

Deborah Grosdanis

Director, Deposits & Investments, Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets

Deborah has spent more than a decade working in progressively senior roles in the capital markets industry. She is currently a Director on the Deposits and Investments team within Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets division, where she works with corporate and institutional clients to strategize optimal investment solutions. Prior to this role she spent 3 years on Scotiabank’s Fixed Income Sales & Trading desk, where she managed a portfolio of clients, focusing on the short-end of the curve. The majority of Deborah’s 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, Deborah was selected to launch the 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 goals, 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, and has participated on many panels and in conferences representing Scotiabank. Deborah sat on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy as Treasurer for 2 consecutive terms. She was also the first ally to join the Board of LGBT in Capital Markets. In 2016, Deborah was recognized by WCM 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.

Cisi Zhang

Vice President, Corporate Banking, Project and Structured Finance

Cisi joined BMO CM in 2014 in I&CB as an investment banker. Since 2016, Cisi has focused on project & structured finance in the power, utilities, and infrastructure space. Cisi is passionate about gender equity, food security, and change management. Cisi is currently a WCM mentor. Previously, she founded and co-chaired the CM Women Committee from 2017-2019; and prior to that, she served as the Co-chair of the Global A&A Leadership Forum (Analyst & Associate Ideas Forum) from 2016-2017. Cisi graduated with distinction from York University’s Schulich School of Business. 

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