2019 Rising Star Awards Honors Influential Business Women in Toronto

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2019 Rising Star Awards Honors Influential Business Women in Toronto

Dec 2, 2020, 5:16:19 PM Business

Creating a culture of diversity and inclusion in which everyone can thrive was the common theme of the business leaders honored on November 28th at the 12th annual Women in Capital Markets Awards Ceremony at the TMX Broadcast Centre in Toronto. 

The WCM Rising Star awards are presented to outstanding women executives and entrepreneurs who excel in the business, civic and personal arenas, and who are on the path to becoming future leaders. 

This year, finance professionals gathered for an industry wide celebration and to recognize the honorees and their success stories.  The ceremony sets the stage for capital firms to demonstrate their commitment and aims to empower others to join the movement in building gender diverse and inclusive workplaces. 

This year, seven award recipients were recognized for their accomplishments across two different categories: The WCM Rising Star Award and The WCM Outstanding Volunteer Award.

The 2019 WCM Rising Star Award recipients are:

  • Melissa Tan – Vice President, Equity Capital Markets, National Bank Financial
  • Jennifer Glista – Managing Director, Equity Derivatives, Scotiabank, Global Banking and Markets
  • Brittany Clarke – Director, Equity Capital Markets, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Cilise Connell – Vice President, Strategy and Transformation, RBC Capital Markets
  • Grace Potter – Director, Global Project and Structured Finance, BMO Capital Markets

These five women were honored for demonstrating leadership, advocacy and social responsibility. 

The WCM Outstanding Volunteer Award recipients are:

  • Lindsay Brent – Vice President, Research Product Manager, RBC Capital Markets
  • Carmen Firmani – Derivatives Trader, British Columbia Investment Management Corporation

These two women have surpassed all expectations and demonstrated impressive leadership and initiative as they champion the WCM mission of greater gender diversity.

Among the guests in attendance at the TMX Broadcast Centre was Sean St. John, Executive Vice President at National Bank in Toronto. Sean St. John was there in support of WCM Rising Star award winner, Melissa Tan. 

“Melissa is an excellent leader at National Bank,” said Sean St. John. “She is a shining example of someone who is bringing a culture of diversity and inclusion to the workspace and is well-deserving of this award,” added St. John.

Award winners are nominated based on a specific set of criteria and selected by a jury panel.

Published by Zoe Sewell

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