Partners discussing new plans

Women in Capital Markets (WCM) is accepting applications for its Return to Bay Street program, which encourages women to return to work in financial services.

The program is for women with mid- to senior-level experience who’ve been out of the financial industry for at least 18 months. Successful candidates receive a paid work contract at a partner institution, as well as access to WCM programming and mentorship.

This year, WCM has extended the program to three separate hiring periods. The first cycle closes on Feb. 22.

“Return to Bay Street has played a pivotal role in retaining professional women in Canada’s finance industry by providing a pathway back to their successful careers after migration or an extended period of leave,” said WCM president and CEO Lara Zink in a release.

More than 100 women have returned to the financial industry through the program since it launched in 2010.

The partner firms for this year’s program include ATB, BMO, CIBC, Gluskin Sheff, iA Financial Group, Mackenzie Investments, Manulife, Onex, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, PwC, RBC Capital Markets, Scotiabank and TD.