WCM Honours Two Extraordinary Women in Capital Markets at Awards
Ceremony in Toronto
TORONTO, Nov. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a
non-profit organization that promotes the advancement of women in the
Canadian financial services industry, today announced the 2011 winners
of the WCM Rising Star Award and the WCM Award for Leadership. Both
awards are given annually to high achieving professionals nominated by
their colleagues and managers.
In its second year, the WCM Rising Star Award honours an individual who
at an early stage in their career has made a lasting contribution by
providing inspirational leadership and mentorship to young women in the
industry. The winner of the 2011 WCM Rising Star Award is Joanne O'Hea,
Vice President, Equity Agency Trading, RBC Capital Markets.
The WCM Award for Leadership, now in its fifth year, recognizes a senior
executive, male or female, who has combined professional excellence
with a demonstrated commitment to advancing and supporting women in the
capital markets. Michelle K. Khalili, Managing Director, Equity Capital
Markets, Wholesale Banking at CIBC is the recipient of the 2011 WCM
Award for Leadership.
"These awards, given to two very deserving women, recognize not just
their individual leadership and contribution to advancing the standards
of our industry, but the type of inspiration, dedication and commitment
needed to help advance women in the Canadian capital markets," said
Martha Fell, CEO of WCM. "These awards are one way we are celebrating
women for inspiring greater diversity in the financial industry."
The awards were presented at a luncheon on November 1, 2011 at the
Fairmont Royal York Hotel that was generously sponsored by Ernst &
Young LLP, the title sponsor of the event and, our supporting sponsor,
the Toronto CFA Society.
"Mentoring and sponsoring women's advancement in this industry isn't
just nice to have, it's a business imperative that can create a
competitive advantage," said Heather Kerr, Leader of Ernst & Young's
Financial Services Tax Practice in Canada. "We are proud to work with
an organization that shares these values with us, and celebrates people
who are making inclusiveness real in this industry, and the broader
WCM is a non-profit organization that aims to support and advance women
leaders in business, foster accountability for diversity in the
industry, and recognize leaders who have contributed significantly to
the advancement of women in the capital markets industry. Through
innovative programming, WCM offers its members diverse and creative
opportunities for networking, career growth and personal development,
and mentoring and coaching of both students and professionals. WCM is
generously sponsored by seven Gold Corporate Champions, BMO Financial
Group, CIBC, National Bank, RBC Capital Markets, Scotia Capital, TD,
and UBS, in addition to three Silver Corporate Champions, Desjardins
Capital Markets, ITG, and KPMG. www.wcm.ca
Ernst & Young LLP is a global leader in assurance, tax, transactions and advisory
services. We strive to create an inclusive environment where all our
people can achieve their potential. www.ey.com/ca
About our Winners
Michelle K. Khalili, CA CFA
Michelle Khalili is a Managing Director of CIBC's Equity Capital Markets
group, part of the Wholesale Banking arm of CIBC. She joined CIBC in
April 2000 as a member of the Equity Capital Markets group. Ms. Khalili
has responsibility for the firm's origination and execution of equity
financing transactions in a number of different industries.
Prior to joining CIBC, she was with the Investment Banking group at
another investment dealer, working on financings, advisory mandates and
merger and acquisition transactions. In addition, Ms. Khalili worked in
the Corporate Finance and Audit groups of PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms.
Khalili holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto as
well as Chartered Accountant and Chartered Financial Analyst
Ms. Khalili has been involved in a number of community initiatives,
including the Canadian Women's Foundation Girls Growth Fund, the Royal
Ontario Museum - Fact or Fiction Committee, CIBC's Wholesale Banking
Diversity committee and Women's Network and the Canadian Breast Cancer
Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure.
Ms. Khalili is the Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors of the
Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada and is a member
of the Human Resources and Pension Committee. She is also Co-Chair of
Philanthropy for 100 Women in Hedge Funds in Toronto. She has been a
member of WCM since 1995 and was named the 2008 recipient of the
Kingsbridge Women in Capital Markets Career Coaching Award.
Joanne O'Hea is Vice President, Equity Agency Trading at RBC Capital
Markets, where she is responsible for the sales and trading of equity
securities for institutional and corporate clients, management of
normal course issuer bids executed in Canada, and partnering with
Sales, Trading, Research and Investment Banking in building deeper
Prior to joining RBC, Ms. O'Hea held a series of progressively senior
sales, marketing and asset management roles at TD, and more recently at
TE Investment Counsel Inc.
Since joining RBC Capital markets in 2007, Ms. O'Hea has made
significant contributions to the firm's success and workplace culture.
She is one of the founding members of RBC Capital Markets' RWomen, a globally expanding internal forum dedicated to fostering female
development and career aspirations, and is an enthusiastic mentor
through the Summer Internship Program.
Ms. O'Hea also coaches young Women in Capital Markets (WCM) members, and
has served as a WCM high school liaison, a role in which she
participates in job shadow activities and in speaking to student
groups. Ms. O'Hea is actively involved in the community through
numerous charitable initiatives including: the Bay Street Children's
Foundation, Fight for Independence in support of Nazareth House and
Sick Kids Foundation, Dress your Best, and the Bay Street Stampede in
support of the Yellow Bus Foundation.
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