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IWD Panel: Women in Leadership - Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

March 29, 2021

IWD Panel: Women in Leadership - Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World

I was honored to host this year's Ring the Bell for Gender Equality Market Open in recognition of International Women's Day event as not only an employee of TMX Group Limited (TMX), but also as a representative of the Leadership team at WE Canada, and WE Global. When we began this Ring The Bell initiative 7 years ago we had no idea the impact that this initiative might have. We started relatively small, and now find ourselves this year participating along with over 100 stock exchanges around the world to raise awareness about the business case for women's economic empowerment and the opportunities for the private sector to advance gender equality and sustainable development.

While we couldn't gather in person this year for the Ring the Bell for Gender Equality event, this year's virtual ceremony allowed us to be joined by TMX employees, clients, stakeholders and members of Women In ETFs and our partner organizations from all over the world. I'd like to thank our partners who've been with us every step of the way. The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Sustainable Stock Exchange Initiative, UN Global Compact, UN Women, and The World Federation of Exchanges.

We were privileged to conclude this year's event with a panel which brought together female leaders to thoughtfully impart wisdom and learnings from their celebrated careers in the Canadian financial industry. The panel tackled this year's IWD theme, Women in Leadership - Achieving an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World. This theme celebrates the tremendous efforts by women and girls around the world in shaping a more equal future and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. It also shines a light on the disproportionate ways that the pandemic is affecting women. Women leaders and women's organizations, their skills, knowledge and networks are desperately needed to effectively lead in the COVID-19 response and recovery efforts—which we discussed in our panel.

Thank you to our organizers and panelists:

  • Judy Goldring, President and Head of Global Distribution, AGF Management Limited
  • Kathy Bock, Principal and Head, Vanguard's Americas Business
  • Marcia Moffat, Managing Director, BlackRock's Country Head of Canada
  • Sue Lemon CFA, CEO, CFA Society Toronto
  • Tammy Cash, EVP, Marketing, Horizons ETFs

WE membership is free thanks to our generous sponsors and it's open to Women and Men in the ETF industry. If you aren't a member, I encourage you to visit to join.

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Tanya Rowntree

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