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Return to Bay Street Award winners, from left, Sheralyn Mills, Mary Ann Mendes and Catherine Staveley at the BMO offices in Toronto. Women in Capital Markets wants more women to rejoin Bay Street’s capital markets teams after periods of absence such as maternity leave.
Return to Bay Street Award winners, from left, Sheralyn Mills, Mary Ann Mendes and Catherine Staveley at the BMO offices in Toronto. Women in Capital Markets wants more women to rejoin Bay Street’s capital markets teams after periods of absence such as maternity leave.
(Matthew Sherwood for The Globe and Mail)

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Calling on women to rejoin Bay Street

Several of Canada’s biggest banks are banding together to convince more women to rejoin Bay Street’s capital markets teams after periods of absence such as maternity leave.

The female talent pool is constantly depleted as women in the mid-point of their careers in fields such as bond trading or foreign exchange take leaves and don’t return. Toronto-based industry group Women in Capital Markets (WCM) wants to change that through an award program, and by promoting awareness and networking at its inaugural Return to Bay Street conference on June 25.