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Equity Through Education

Women in Capital Markets Women in Capital Markets (WCM), a non-profit industry organization, is dedicated to:


  • Promoting the entry, advancement, and development of women in Capital Markets
  • Shaping women leaders in business
  • Fostering accountability for diversity within the industry
  • Recognizing leaders who have advanced women in the Capital Markets industry

WCM's 700+ members are diverse professionals in the institutional and wealth management areas of the investment industry, as well as, functional and operational members who provide support to the broader Capital Markets.

BMO Capital Markets has been a supporter of Women in Capital Markets (WCM) since its inception in 1995. Since then, BMO has remained an active and consistent sponsor, reaching the level of Gold Corporate Champion in 2009.

How the Equity Through Education funds will be used

With funds from the Equity Through Education program, BMO Capital Markets and WCM have developed the Return to Bay Street Award. The award was launched in 2011 with the objective of helping professional women re-launch their careers in the Canadian capital markets industry after an extended period of absence. In 2013, National Bank Financial Markets, RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets joined BMO in supporting this award and program.

The Award program grants up to five awards to selected candidates and includes $5,000 towards an education program, a paid four-month internship with BMO Capital Markets, National Bank Financial Markets, RBC Capital Markets or Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets*, a WCM mentor, and a one-year WCM membership.

In 2013, WCM launched its inaugural WCM Return to Bay Street Conference. The 1-day conference is aimed at providing women wishing to return to the industry with tools, confidence and connections to assist them in re-launching their careers in the industry.

Click here to learn more about the conference, the award and how to apply.

Return to Bay Street Award Recipients
Barbara Glassford

Barbara Glassford joined BMO Capital Markets in November 2013 as a Return to Bay Street intern. Currently, Barb's role at BMO is Director, Strategy and Transformation, in Capital Markets AML.

Barb has over 16 years of M&A, investment banking and corporate development experience from First Asset Management (now AMG Canada) and Midland Walwyn Capital (now Merrill Lynch Canada) where her focus was on business development, client management and deal execution. Barb has a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Toronto and an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Christie MacDonald

Christie MacDonald is a director in Cross Business Structuring, Financial Products, BMO Capital Markets. The Cross Business Structuring group is made up of Capital Markets experts with diverse backgrounds in credit, tax, finance, legal, and sales. The group is ideally situated to partner with the various business heads to form a strategic view across Trading Products.

Christie joined BMO Capital Markets in October 2013 as a Return to Bay Street Award recipient. Prior to BMO, Christie spent 18 years at TD Securities where she moved up through various sales and structuring roles to become a vice president and Director, Fixed Income Derivatives, Debt Capital Markets.

Christie holds a CFA designation and an H.B.Comm from McMaster University.

Mary Ann Mendes

Mary Ann Mendes received the Return to Bay Street Award in 2013. Prior to joining BMO Capital Markets, Mary Ann spent 18 years in the Debt Capital Markets division at CIBC World Markets, implementing institutional relationship management strategies as Global Head of Business Intelligence.

Mary Ann is an experienced professional with extensive technical knowledge of the Canadian debt and currency markets in terms of the products and clients that invest in these securities. In her current role as Director of Operations, Client Onboarding, Mary Ann will focus on the redesign and implementation of our Client Onboarding process and coordinate all regulatory driven project initiatives.

Sheralyn Mills

Sheralyn spent over 10 years in foreign exchange sales at various banks in both the Toronto and New York markets before taking an extended absence from the workplace to spend time raising her three children. After a six year career break, she enrolled in Rotman's Back to Work program in 2011 and subsequently applied for the WCM Return to Bay Street Award.

In 2012, she was one of the first two candidates to win the award. Sheralyn landed an internship on the FX Options desk at BMO Capital Markets, leveraging her strong background in derivatives. This translated into a full-time position as Director, Foreign Exchange Option Strategist.

Sheralyn holds an MBA from the University of Ottawa.

Catherine Staveley

Catherine Staveley traded and structured transactions for global clients and helped manage credit risk for a leading investment bank for 10 years before taking an 8-year career break from Capital Markets. During this break she went back to school and opened her own Nutritional consulting business.

Catherine re-launched her career in finance when she won one of two WCM Return to Bay Street Awards in 2012, the inaugural year of the Award. Catherine's internship was in the derivatives area, and she translated the internship into a full-time position with the BMO Capital Markets Financial Products' Structured Solutions team as a Director.

Catherine holds an MSc in International Finance from the University of Reading, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bishops University, and is a CFA Charterholder.

*Note internships are created and funded by individual sponsor banks; only the scholarship is funded through BMO Capital Markets Equity Through Education funding.

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