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Professional Mentorship Kick-Off Event

Tuesday, January 25th 2022
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Virtual Program, ON

This event is for Mentorship Program Participants only. To learn more about our Mentorship Program, please click here.

Join WCM on January 25th at 5:00 pm ET for the Kick-Off of the 2022 Professional Mentorship Program. The event will feature an overview of the program and key dates followed by a panel with past program participants.

If it is your first time taking part in the Professional Mentorship Program, it is highly recommended that you attend this event. 


Lara Zink

President and CEO | WCM

Lara Zink is currently President & CEO of Women in Capital Markets. WCM is the largest network of female professionals in Canadian finance, with initiatives that impact the careers of countless female students and professionals across the country. Prior to joining WCM, Lara spent 18 months in venture capital. She is an angel investor and a mentor at a startup accelerator called NEXT Canada. NEXT accelerates the growth trajectory of aspiring and scaling entrepreneurs with education, mentorship, funding, and access to Canada’s strongest entrepreneurial network. 

From 1995 to 2019 Lara worked at RBC Capital Markets. She sold North American and European equity research and investment banking products to many of Canada’s largest institutional investors, including pension funds, bank owned mutual funds, and independent fund managers. A lead partner in RBC Women’s Leadership ETF, she has been a strong advocate for ED&I throughout her career and has extensive volunteer experience for social impact. 
Lara holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from UWO, and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. Lara is a Governor on the University of Toronto Governing Council, she sits on two Foundation boards, the CAMH Campaign Cabinet, and is a volunteer for the Special Olympics.  Lara has been an active mentor to junior women and men throughout her career. 

Susan Richardson

Vice President | Felix Global

Susan Richardson is a passionate and results-focused executive coach, facilitator, and board member with an Executive MBA from Harvard and over 33 years of experience. Susan’s personal mission is to tap into her client’s strengths and inspire them to embrace and excel in purposeful leadership in every facet of their professional and personal life.


Aimee Palmer

Vice President, Sales | Aviso Wealth

Aimee joined NEI Investments in 2020 as Vice President, Sales. She brings more than 12 years of experience in business ownership, senior leadership and marketing in different sectors. Her strengths include building successful teams with a focus on client acquisition, holistic planning and business growth strategies. Aimee held a corporate role developing recruiting systems and collaborating on regional events geared towards attracting more women to the advisor role. She is also the Co-Chair of the WCM Prairies Chapter.

Jessica Fu



Naina Garg

Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Toronto-based Naina Garg is a 2021 WCM Professional Mentorship Program protégée. She joined WCM in August 2019 after WCM was recommended to her by senior mentors and professionals across the industry. She currently works in investment banking. Naina is highly credentialed having completed a Master’s in Financial Economics and a Bachelor’s in Economics (Honours), Finance and Mathematics (minor). She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Data Science.

Brandon Newell

Executive Director, Financial Solutions | CIBC Capital Markets

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. Brandon manages institutional relationships with a focus on 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 within their Tactical Asset Allocation, Investments division where he was part of the Equity Products group that specialized in trading volatility as an asset class. Brandon is active in several community care initiatives at CIBC, including the United Way Campaign, Movember, One for Change, Miracle Day, and the CIBC Annual Squash Tournament for Run for the Cure, which he helped originate. He is also a passionate advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion and has served in multiple capacities at Women in Capital Markets with a focus on men’s engagement. He is currently seated as Co-Chair of the WCM Vancouver Chapter Steering Committee. Brandon holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in Finance from Saint Mary’s University and is a CFA Charterholder.

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