WCM x RIA Presents: The Equity Equation

Thursday, July 15th 2021
1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

About the Event

Join WCM and RIA for a quick dive into key findings and recommendations from The Equity Equation ReportThe Equity Equation is an industry-wide analysis of employee experiences in Canada’s finance industry, looking at how personal identities including gender, race and sexual orientation, impact experiences at work and what the path towards equity, diversity and inclusion looks like.

Take part in the event to discuss actions we can take towards a more equitable industry for all. This will be an eye-opening conversation you won't want to miss!

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Dustyn Lanz

Chief Executive Officer, RIA

Dustyn Lanz is a Canadian business leader, writer, and speaker who is currently CEO of the Responsible Investment Association (RIA) – an organization that promotes the incorporation of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors into investment decisions. Dustyn is a Columnist for Investment Executive and a Contributor to the Globe and Mail, where he writes about topics related to responsible investment and sustainable finance. He is a regular keynote speaker, panelist, moderator, and guest lecturer at some of Canada’s leading investment conferences and universities, and he is a member of the 30% Club – a network of executives that aims to achieve a gender balance in corporate leadership.


Lara Zink

President & 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 has been an active mentor to junior women and men throughout her career. 

Katie Squires-Thompson

Chief Strategy Officer

Katie is the Chief Strategy Officer of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a national not-for-profit that promotes the acceleration of equity, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) in the Canadian finance industry. During her career at WCM, Katie has been a driving force in creating more equitable and diverse workplaces where everyone has equal opportunity to advance and succeed. She is the co-author of the landmark ED&I report The Equity Equation, which examines the experiences of women, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+ and other underrepresented groups in Canadian finance and offers an innovative roadmap for firms towards improved ED&I.  She began her career in film production, working on documentaries and corporate productions, before launching her own marketing business. Katie earned a BA degree from Queen's University with a major in Film and Media Studies. She is a graduate of the Canadian Institute’s Marketing Strategy Program and a former Board Director of Studio 180,  an independent, Toronto theatre company. When she’s not working, you can find her skiing, mountain biking, walking and hiking with her dog and enjoying time with family and friends.


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