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WCMAspire: Advocating And Negotiating For Yourself

Wednesday, March 27th 2019
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Toronto, ON

WCMAspire: Advocating And Negotiating For Yourself

Maximize your professional potential through negotiation skills provided by an expert speaker. Participants will hear about how to seize everyday opportunities to negotiate and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Learn about what steps will make the largest impact in your negotiation tactics, and how to best sell yourself.

About WCMAspire:

WCMAspire, a newly launched event series in 2018, consists of 5 sessions over a 9-month perioddesigned to provide participants with tools to achieve their career goals and accelerate their careers. WCMAspire is designed for entry-level female professionals currently employed in Canadian capital markets. WCMAspire events are eligible only to those who have been accepted into the event series. Applications for WCMAspire will open in fall 2019.


Brent Davis

Director, Corporate & Commercial Banking, Scotiabank

Brent is a Director within International Corporate and Commercial Banking. His 16 years of capital markets experience spans multiple functions including Investment Banking, Debt Capital Markets and Corporate Banking, and includes financial advisory, bond underwriting and project lending engagements. In his current role, Brent works directly with Scotiabank`s local bankers within the Asia Pacific, Caribbean and Latin American regions to guide client and transaction selection, ensuring both are aligned with Scotiabank`s regional strategies. Brent’s career at Scotiabank has also included a four year assignment in Sydney, Australia where he was responsible for the leadership of client coverage across the infrastructure, power & utilities, telecommunications, media & technology and real estate sectors in Australia and New Zealand.  Prior to joining Scotiabank in 2010, Brent spent eight years at RBC Capital Markets. Brent is an active mentor within Scotiabank’s Global Banking & Markets Mentorship Program. Brent holds BSc (Life Sciences) and BPHE degrees from Queen’s University, a MBA from York University’s Schulich School of Business, and is a CFA charterholder.

Carla Deeks

Director, Global Banking and Markets, Scotiabank

Carla Deeks joined Scotiabank in 2007 and since then has held progressively more senior roles in Global Risk Management and Corporate Banking. Carla was promoted to her current role as Director, Corporate Banking – Global Mining in 2014 and has made significant contributions to a variety of strategic initiatives within Scotiabank’s Global Banking & Markets division, spanning business realignments, technology and operations. Carla is an active volunteer with Women in Capital Market and a former member of the Steering Committee. She received the WCM Rising Star Award in 2018 and is a strong advocate for the advancement of women in the industry.

Janet Gillies, CPA

Senior Vice President & CCO, PIMCO

Ms. Gillies is a senior vice president in the Toronto office and PIMCO Canada's Chief Compliance Officer, focusing on Canadian legal and compliance matters. Prior to joining PIMCO in 2016, she worked at CI Investments Inc. for more than 10 years, most recently as Chief Compliance Officer for over eight years. Ms. Gillies has more than 20 years of experience in the investment fund industry, serving in various business roles. She has also served in an advisory capacity at a Toronto college, helping to develop a compliance and governance program. She holds a bachelor of mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

Sean Mann

Managing Director and Head, Securitization Global Markets, CIBC Capital Markets

Sean Mann joined CIBC Capital Markets Securitization Group in 1995 and is currently Managing Director and Head, Securitization. Mr. Mann is responsible for CIBC’s securitization business and provides advice and transaction structuring and execution expertise to many of CIBC’s core corporate and financial clients. He is responsible for business development, marketing, structuring and execution of ABCP-funded securitization programs and public and private ABS transactions, both domestically and internationally, across a broad range of clients and asset-classes, including auto loans/leases, equipment loans/leases, residential mortgages, commercial mortgages, credit cards and trade receivables.  Mr. Mann is actively involved with talent development through initiatives such as chairing the Capital Markets Executive Director Selection Committee and is involved with on-campus recruiting and other mentorship activities with GenNext and Women in Capital Markets. He is a frequent speaker at securitization conferences on various topics. Prior to joining the Securitization Group, Mr. Mann spent four years in CIBC Capital Markets’ North American Corporate Banking Group and two years in CIBC’s Commercial Banking Group.

Karen Sihra

Head of Diversity & Inclusion, CPPIB

Karen Sihra joined CPPIB 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.

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