Women in Capital Markets Announces 2013 Rising Star and Awards for Leadership

TORONTO, Nov. 6, 2013 /CNW/ - Women in Capital Markets (WCM) and title sponsor EY today announced the 2013 winners of the WCM Rising Star Award and its Awards for Leadership during a luncheon held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.

In its fourth year, the WCM Rising Star Award honours an individual who is a high-performing role model at work and has made a lasting contribution by providing inspirational leadership and mentorship to young women in the industry. The winner of the 2013 WCM Rising Star Award is Mari Jensen, Director, Institutional Foreign Exchange Sales, Scotiabank.

The WCM Award for Leadership, now in its seventh year, recognizes senior executives, male and female, who have combined professional excellence with a demonstrated commitment to advancing and supporting women in capital markets. The Award for Leadership - Male was presented to Eric Tripp, President, BMO Capital Markets, and the Award for Leadership - Female was presented to Martine Irman, Vice Chair, TD Securities and Senior Vice President, TD Bank Group.

"Our award recipients are recognized through their individual leadership and contribution to Canadian capital markets," said Jennifer Reynolds, President of WCM. "These awards help advance the standards and performance of our industry by honouring extraordinary individuals and inspiring greater diversity."

The luncheon also included a presentation by keynote speaker Kirstine Stewart, Managing Director of Twitter Canada. Stewart is responsible for Canadian operations at Twitter, including its advertising business and partnerships, and was formerly executive vice-president of CBC's English services. She is an exemplary role model for women and men in corporate Canada and for the advancement of women into leadership roles.

Women in Capital Markets is a non-profit, Canadian-based organization that promotes the attraction and advancement of women in the financial services industry. The goals of WCM are to support and advance women leaders in business, foster accountability for diversity in the financial services industry, and recognize leaders who have contributed significantly to the promotion of women in these fields. Through innovative programming, WCM offers its members diverse and creative opportunities for professional development, networking and career growth, as well as mentoring and coaching of both professionals and students. www.wcm.ca

EY is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services. The insights and quality services we deliver help build trust and confidence in the capital markets and in economies the world over. We develop outstanding leaders who team to deliver on our promises to all of our stakeholders. In so doing, we play a critical role in building a better working world for our people, for our clients and for our communities. Learn more at www.ey.com/ca.

SOURCE: Women in Capital Markets (WCM)

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Media contact: Susan Floyd, WCM PR and Media Relations, PR@wcm.ca, 416-980-3304

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