TORONTO | January 13, 2021 – WCM is excited to announce the recipients of the 2021 WCM Executive Leaders Award. This esteemed award is designed to improve representation of women at the executive level by accelerating careers through visibility, recognition and coaching. The award is also a direct result of the commitment WCM’s Gold Sponsor firms have made to accelerating gender diversity across finance.

Award recipients will each receive six months of individual executive coaching, thanks to the support of WCM’s coaching partner Felix Global. To date, 61 women have benefited from this program and have moved on to the highest ranks in their capital markets careers.

Congratulations to the 2021 Executive Leaders Award recipients:

  • Barbara Foy-Pilchner, Manulife Investments
  • Roanna Kim, RBC Capital Markets
  • Meric Koksal, CIBC Capital Markets
  • Mary Ann Mendes, BMO Capital Markets 
  • Sarah Thompson, RBC Capital Markets 
  • Mathilda Yared, National Bank of Canada

“It is my great pleasure to congratulate our 2021 Executive Leaders Award Recipients – a cohort of senior women who have excelled in their professional roles, and demonstrated exemplary leadership skills, career commitment and ambition,” said Katie Squires-Thompson, Interim CEO of WCM.

One of WCM’s core strategic priorities is to accelerate the careers of women at every level in Canadian financial services, through professional development programs, awards and other visibility and networking opportunities. For more information about WCM’s programs, please visit

For further information:
Katie Squires-Thompson, Interim CEO

About WCM
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About Felix Global
Felix Global is a leadership development, recruiting, and outplacement firm with 30+ years of experience helping top employers future-proof their talent pools. We empower your people to thrive in the new world of work, building transferable career and leadership skills for life.

Prime your leaders to tackle the critical challenges of today and tomorrow with powerful talent, leadership, and career programs that drive winning results.