Women in Capital Markets Announces the Winners of the 2009 Executive Coaching Award Program

    Five WCM members to receive expert career coaching

    TORONTO, June 5 /CNW/ - Women in Capital Markets (WCM), Canada's leading
association for the advancement of women in capital markets, is pleased to
announce the winners of the 2009 WCM Executive Coaching Award Program,
sponsored by BMO Nesbitt Burns and Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions. Now
in its second year, this innovative program provides career coaching and
development services from Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions to qualified
senior women working in the capital markets in Canada.
    "Demonstrating commitment to senior leaders through an executive coaching
program has proven to drive business results. It's also proven to be an
effective retention strategy for businesses," said Caroline Dabu, Chair of
WCM. "Having a trusted executive coach helps these focused individuals harness
their strengths and provides them with the confidence and self-awareness to
achieve their business and personal goals. It's a win-win."
    The 2009 Career Coaching Award winners are Laura Isidean, Managing
Director - Scotia Capital, Heather Kirk, Vice President - National Bank
Financial, Sandra Lokoff, Managing Director - RBC Capital Markets, Annie
Ropar, Partner - RBC Capital Partners and Laurie Russell, Vice President -
CIBC Capital Markets.
    The five winners were chosen from applicants across a broad range of
Canadian financial institutions. This unique program is directed only to
applicants with a minimum of 10 years experience and who have already achieved
significant success in their careers. Candidates must be currently employed in
the Canadian capital markets, which include the issuing, buying, selling or
trading of securities, currencies and derivatives and must demonstrate how the
award would help them further their career goals in an environment still
dominated by male professionals.
    "BMO Nesbitt Burns is very proud to be a collaborative presenting sponsor
of this important program. In partnership with WCM and Knightsbridge, the WCM
Executive Coaching Award Program is opening up significant opportunities for
women in the workplace - ensuring competent and talented women reach their
pinnacle in the corporate world," said Charyl Galpin, Chief Operating Officer,
BMO Nesbitt Burns - Private Client Division. "BMO Nesbitt Burns is committed
to being a leader in diversity and workplace equity and we firmly stand behind
the advancement and growth of women in the Canadian financial services
    "The opportunity to provide leadership coaching for women with great
potential is consistent with the value proposition of our company," said David
Shaw, CEO of Knightsbridge. "We are extremely delighted to be working for a
second year with both WCM and BMO Nesbitt Burns on this initiative."

    About Women in Capital Markets

    Women in Capital Markets (WCM) is a non-profit organization that aims to
support and advance female 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. 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. More information is
available at www.wcm.ca.

    About BMO Nesbitt Burns

    BMO Nesbitt Burns and its predecessor companies have been helping
investors meet their financial goals since 1912. In August 1987, BMO Bank of
Montreal acquired Nesbitt Thomson-then one of Canada's oldest and most
respected investment houses. In 1994, Nesbitt Thomson and Burns Fry-also
recognized as one of the largest worldwide dealers of Canadian equities and
debt securities-merged. BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. emerged as a member
organization of BMO Financial Group, offering a broad range of wealth
management and investment products and solutions.
    Today, as one of Canada's leading full service investment firms, BMO
Nesbitt Burns has an established reputation within the financial services
industry. With over 70 branches and 1200 Investment Advisors (as of March 31,
2009) BMO Nesbitt Burns is committed to helping clients meet their wealth
management objectives in the same tradition of professionalism, integrity and

    About Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions

    Knightsbridge Human Capital Solutions is Canada's leading integrated
human capital management consulting firm. From recruitment and selection, to
building organizational and leadership capacity, to career management and
career transition, Knightsbridge helps clients unleash the power and potential
of their people at every stage in the employment cycle.

For further information:

For further information: about WCM and the Capital Markets Coaching
Awards Program, please contact: Kerry Breeze, Director of Marketing and
Communications, WCM, (416) 829-1727, kbreeze@mediastrategy.ca; Media contacts:
BMO Financial Group: Orli Namian, orli.namian@bmo.com, (416) 867-3996;
Internet: www.wcm.ca, www.bmonesbittburns.com

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