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WCM & Rotman's Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE): The Equity Equation in Capital Markets

Tuesday, November 17th 2020
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Virtual, ON

WCM & Rotman's Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE) : The Equity Equation in Capital Markets
While firms in Canada’s financial industry have shown leadership and a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion, we have yet to succeed in achieving the goals many of us aspire to. It is time for a new approach to addressing diversity that will reignite progress and create lasting change. This will include revolutionizing our systems, policies, management styles and workplaces to be truly inclusive and equitable. Achieving equitable and inclusive workplaces will be one of the most important concerns for firms in Canada’s financial industry in the coming years; the rewards will be plentiful, and the risks are consequential. In this panel discussion, we will hear from leading experts in the financial services industry about what the future for inclusion in the industry holds.

Details on how to access the livestream will be sent to you after registering.

Cost: Free to attend. Registration is required by 11:00am on November 17.

Sarah Kaplan, Distinguished Professor & Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE)

Dennis Mitchell, CEO & CIO, Starlight Capital
Jane Rowe, Vice Chair, Investments, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan
Karen Sihra, Director, Inclusion and Diversity, CPP Investments
Camilla Sutton, President and CEO, Women in Capital Markets
Ray Williams, Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Financial Markets, National Bank Financial


Sarah Kaplan

Distinguished Professor & Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy (GATE)

Sarah Kaplan is Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy,  Distinguished Professor of Gender & the Economy and Professor of Strategic Management at Rotman. She is a co-author of the bestselling business book, Creative Destruction as well as Survive and Thrive: Winning Against Strategic Threats to Your Business. Her latest book, The 360° Corporation: From Stakeholder Trade-offs to Transformation was published in September 2019. Her research has covered how organizations participate in and respond to the emergence of new fields and technologies in biotechnology, fiber optics, financial services, nanotechnology and most recently, the field emerging at the nexus of gender and finance. Her current work focuses on applying an innovation lens to understanding the challenges for achieving gender equality. Formerly a professor at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania (where she remains a Senior Fellow), and a consultant and innovation specialist for nearly a decade at McKinsey & Company in New York, she completed her doctoral research at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has a BA with honors in Political Science from UCLA and an MA in International Relations and International Economics with distinction from the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University.


Dennis Mitchell

CEO & CIO, Starlight Capital

Dennis Mitchell joined Starlight Capital in March 2018 as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer. Dennis has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry and has held executive positions with Sprott Asset Management, serving as Senior VicePresident and Senior Portfolio Manager, and Sentry Investments, serving as Executive Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer. Mr. Mitchell received the Brendan Wood International Canadian TopGun Award in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the Brendan Wood International 2012 Canadian TopGun Team Leader Award. He holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation and earned a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2002 and an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in 1998.

Jane Rowe

Vice Chair, Investments, Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan

Jane Rowe is Executive Managing Director and head of Ontario Teachers' Equities department. Comprised of Private Capital and High Conviction Equities (HCE), the department's mission is to deliver growth through investments in both private and publicly traded entities. Since joining Ontario Teachers' in 2010, Ms. Rowe has helped grow the private equity portfolio from $10 billion to more than $32 billion. Ms. Rowe sits on the Investments and Risk committees of the Plan and chairs the Investments Division Credit and Counterparty Committee. She serves on the boards of Cadillac Fairview, Ontario Teachers' wholly-owned real estate subsidiary, Arterra Wines Canada and Camelot Group PLC, the operator of the U.K. National Lottery. Prior to joining Ontario Teachers', she held senior roles at Scotiabank, Scotia Merchant Capital Corporation, the bank's Canadian private equity fund, was President and CEO of RoyNat Capital Inc., Scotiabank's wholly owned mid-market merchant bank, and was President and CEO of Scotia Mortgage Corporation. Ms. Rowe received a B.Comm (Honours) from Memorial University, her MBA from York University's Schulich School of Business, and ICD.D certification from the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is an Advisory Board Member of Memorial University's School of Business, served on the Board of Governors at York University, and  served on the Advisory Board and Board of Governors for the United Way of Toronto and York Region where she currently serves as a Trustee.

Karen Sihra

Director, Inclusion and Diversity, CPP Investments

Karen Sihra joined CPP Investments in 2018 as a Director to lead the enterprise-wide Inclusion and Diversity efforts. Prior to this appointment, she was at TD Bank where she held a number of progressively senior business roles with her final appointment being the lead for their Women In Leadership and Business specific inclusion and diversity efforts.  Karen has an MA and a PhD from the University of Toronto where her academic interests focused on Humanities, Social Sciences and Social Justice in Education.  She has taught university-level courses and seminars on related subjects including "Diversity Matters" and "Ethics, Social Responsibility and Sustainability". She has also published work in international books and journals on topics of peace and social change.  Her passion also manifests in her active involvement in community volunteering with a focus on enhancing opportunities for others, especially women.

Ray Williams

Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Financial Markets, National Bank Financial

Ray Williams is a financial services executive with more than 35 years of experience in Global Capital Markets. Drawing on his achievements in the London and Toronto markets, Mr. Williams currently holds the position of Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Financial Markets at National Bank Financial. Mr Williams has extensive experience in Cash and Derivatives products in multiple asset classes, delivering solutions to various client sectors including, Infrastructure Financing, Provincial & Federal Liability Management, and Mortgage Finance Companies (MFC) Financing . Mr. Williams is also known for his community engagement, in particular in the area of diversity and inclusion. He serves on leadership boards for various organizations, including 100Strong Foundation, is a Founding & Past President of CAUFP and is one of the Founding Members of the Black Opportunity Fund.

Camilla Sutton

President and CEO, Women in Capital Markets

Camilla Sutton is the President and CEO of Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a national not-for-profit that works to accelerate diversity across the financial industry and is the largest association of women in finance.  Camilla's career spans more than two decades in capital markets, most recently as Scotiabank’s Global Head of Foreign Exchange, responsible for the firm’s FX trading desks, electronic trading and distribution, sales teams, and the global strategy. Prior to this role, she was Scotiabank’s Chief FX Strategist, providing global macro commentary and advisory services across the firm’s client base. Earlier in her career, she was part of Portfolio Management at OMERS and Equity Research at BMO Capital Markets.  Camilla holds a BA from Dalhousie University and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business. In addition, she is a CMT and CFA charterholder. She is an active member of the global investment community. She is a member of the Advisory Council of the CFA Society Toronto, a member of the Advisory Committee of the 30% Club Canada, a past member of the CFA Society Toronto’s Board of Directors, a past member of the Bank of Canada’s Foreign Exchange Committee. She is also a member of several committees within the United Way and has been a long-term community volunteer.

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