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Virtual Speed Networking

Wednesday, October 7th 2020
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Canada Wide, ON

Join WCM for Virtual Speed Networking to expand your professional network from the comfort of your home office!

As we all continue to navigate life during the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person networking continues to be out of reach, but thanks to technology we are able to recreate the experience in a virtual setting. 

WCM’s inaugural Virtual Speed Networking event will give you the opportunity to hear from a panel of networking experts Suzi Chang-Parkinson, Joanne O'Hea, and Bill Vlaad, about the importance of building a strong professional network. Following the panel discussion you will have the opportunity to meet women from across the Capital Markets industry for a series of one-on-one conversations. 

Event Schedule
5:00 - 5:05 pm - Introductions
5:05 - 5:25 pm - Panel on networking tips and tricks
5:25 - 5:30 pm - Q&A
5:30 - 6:00 pm - One-on-one virtual networking with attendees in quick 3 minute segments

This event is free, but is exclusively available to Members, please log in reserve your free ticket. 

If you are not yet a WCM Member joining couldn’t be easier and we have a range of memberships suit all phases of your career. Create a membership now to gain access to this event.

Please Note: You will need a Google Account to join the virtual platform. If you do not have a Gmail or Google Account already, you can create one here, or you will be prompted to create one when you log in to the event. 


Suzi Chang-Parkinson

Executive Recruitment Consultant & Career Coach, SCP Executive Search

Suzi is a seasoned executive recruiter with 20 years of experience advising clients across a broad range of industry sectors. She is reliable, tenacious, attentive and a trusted advisor, with valued insight into issues of diversity, leadership and competency assessments. She is a passionate and perceptive coach with practical insights and steady guidance for individuals facing career transitions.

Most recently, Suzi was a Principal in the Toronto office of a leading global executive search firm where she was a member of the global Investment Banking practice and Canadian financial services practice. Suzi was also an active member in Consumer Goods and Retail sectors as well as the Financial Officers practice during her 10 years with the firm. 

Prior to executive search, Ms. Chang spent six years with Scotia Capital’s Recruitment, Employee Development and Strategic Initiatives group where she developed and managed Scotia Capital’s Investment Banking/M&A and Sales & Trading on-campus recruitment strategy and on-going recruitment needs.

Joanne O'Hea

Managing Director & Head, Global Corporate Access, RBC Capital Markets

Joanne O’Hea is a Director of Global Equity Trading at RBC Capital Markets, where she is responsible for the sales and trading of equity securities for institutional and corporate clients, management of normal course issuer bids, at-the-market transactions and partnering with Sales, Trading, Research and Investment Banking in building deeper corporate relationships.

Since joining RBC Capital markets in 2007, Joanne has made significant contributions to the firm’s success and workplace culture. She is one of the founding members of RBC Capital Markets’ RWomen, a globally expanding internal forum dedicated to fostering female development and career aspiration, and is a member of RBC’s Canadian Diversity Leadership Council, playing an important role in driving diversity initiatives across the firm.

Joanne has been recognized by Women in Capital Markets receiving the 2011 Rising Star Award, 2016 Executive Coaching Award and 2017 Champion of Change, highlighting leaders in the capital markets industry. 

She has served as Director on multiple not-for-profit boards and is currently a member of the SickKids Innovators Advisory Council and Co-Chair of Wellspring Cancer Support Foundation’s annual Well Dressed for Spring fundraiser.

Joanne is married and a proud mother of three young children.

Bill Vlaad

President and CEO, Vlaad and Company

Bill is a reformed Investment Banker, served time in corporate development, and has dabbled as an entrepreneur. He has been fired twice, has gone through the process of negotiating severance, dealing with lawyers and the anxiety of looking for new career directions. He has been sold a bill of goods from head-hunters in the past, and has had to deal with the dilemma of handing over job search control to recruiting firms.

With all that experience, what he has learned as a father of four and with an MBA from a school formerly called Western, Bill encouraged a strong group of people to eventually lead Vlaad and Company into the Best Financial Services Recruitment firm in North America. The team created the market rag Bill's Buzz, the intense career rebuilder, the Executive Career Academy and The CLiP - a podcast with Leaders and Influencers focused on what Canada needs to remain relevant

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