Women in business

The Women in Asset Management (WAM) program at Ivey Business School is now open to students from across Canada.

As of the 2024 cycle, women who are Canadian or permanent residents and completing their second year of undergraduate studies at any Canadian university are eligible to apply.

WAM is a summer program that primarily consists of in-class learning beginning in May, followed by a 10–12 week paid internship at an asset management firm.

“Our mission is to increase the number of women in Canada’s asset management industry through exposure and training,” said Steve Foerster, professor of finance at Ivey Business School and co-director of WAM, in an email. “We’re looking to provide onboarding to exciting and rewarding asset management career opportunities for women across Canada, by providing tuition-free classroom learning and a guaranteed paid summer internship.”

When WAM began in 2022, it was open exclusively to students of Western University in London, Ont., of which the Ivey Business School is part. In 2023, students of McGill University in Montreal became eligible to participate.

Acceptance into WAM includes course materials, accommodations for the in-class portion in May, some meals and networking events. WAM is subsidized by corporate partners such as RBC Global Asset Management, Scotia Global Asset Management, CIBC Asset Management, Mackenzie Investments and PSP Investments.

Applications open Nov. 6 and are due Jan. 4, 2024.