Virtual Speed Networking

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

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 three top recruiters, Marnie Smith, Suzi Chang-Parkinson, 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. 


Marnie Smith

Senior Client Partner, Industrial, Korn Ferry

Marnie Smith is a Senior Client Partner in Korn Ferry’s Calgary office within the firm’s Global Industrial Market. She is a member of the firm’s Energy, Investment Banking and North American Board Director practices.

Prior to joining Korn Ferry Marnie spent 15 years in investment banking at a global bank, most recently as Managing Director & Head of Canadian Energy covering energy companies across the broad energy complex providing strategic and M&A advice; financing solutions; corporate and asset valuation; and transaction evaluation, execution and negotiations. 

Since joining Korn Ferry, Marnie has focused on C-suite and board director recruitment as well as CEO and board director succession across multiple sectors including energy, transportation, financial, agriculture and telecommunications sectors.

Marnie is a member of the Board of Directors of and Tamarack Valley Energy Ltd. where she sits on the audit and governance committees as well as the Alberta Shock Trauma Air Rescue Service Foundation (“STARS”).

Marnie is actively involved in the community, supporting several organizations including Women in Capital Markets (WCM), where she was formerly Co-Chair of the Calgary chapter and Junior Achievement where she leads the selection process for the Southern Alberta Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame on behalf of Korn Ferry.

She is passionate about gender diversity and is an active spokesperson for the advancement of women across professions. Marnie is one of the founders of GROW, a grass-roots, pan-Canadian charity focused on the advancement of Canadian women and children and co-founder of AXIS Connects and the Calgary Influential Women in Business Awards.

She received a Bachelor of Commerce with Distinction and a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations, with Distinction from the University of Calgary.

Marnie also holds a Master's of Finance from INSEAD.

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.

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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