Why We Need More Women in Capital Markets

posted May 26th, 2016 by Janet Graham

The following post was written by Warren Thomson Sr EVP & CIO, Manulife and Chairman, Manulife Asset Management and posted by him on linkedin in response to my request for “A little help from my friends!!” I am grateful to Warren for taking the time to respond and for agreeing to share his linkedin post but most of all I am honoured to call him a friend!!

As you may have heard, a certain financial industry dinosaur that you all know, still working away on the street, was recently recognized as a Champion of Change by Women in Capital Markets at their annual Gala Dinner in March of this year.

While this honour was greatly appreciated, I have to admit that despite my best efforts, the female to male ratio in our industry and in my sphere of influence has not moved as much as I …

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A little help from my friends!!

posted May 20th, 2016 by Janet Graham

Good morning!!

 

I am working on a very special (and for me fun and exciting!!) new “Babes” project and I need a little help from my friends!!

 

I am interested in hearing from women working on Bay Street (broadly defined) today about their work experiences. I am curious to know in what ways the “Bay Street” experience has changed over the years and how it has stayed the same, from the perspective of women who are working there today. Does their experience today reflect my experience and the experiences of the “Babes on Bay Street” or is it different? If so, how so?

 

If you would be prepared to talk to me, I would be very appreciative!! You can reach me by sending an email to babe@babesonbaystreet.com

 

In the meantime, here’s to a fantastic Canadian “May 24!!”

 

Thank you!!

 

Janet

 

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Inspired and Inspiring – Diane Von Furstenberg

posted April 12th, 2016 by Janet Graham

“Now, in my 60s, I know I have less time ahead and want to enjoy as much as possible.

I’m grateful I never thought of myself as beautiful when I was young. We all fade somewhat as time goes on. Women who rely on their beauty can feel invisible later in life. It’s sad, for I feel in the latter part of your life you should feel fulfilled, not defeated.

Youth is wonderful; it’s exciting because it is the beginning of life. But it is essential to learn from the past and look into the future without resentment.

In my older face, I see my life. Every wrinkle, every smile line, every age spot. There is a saying that with age, you look outside what you are inside. If you are someone who never smiles your face gets saggy. If you’re a person who smiles a lot, you will have more smile lines. …

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Inspired and Inspiring – Dr. James Orbinski

posted April 4th, 2016 by Janet Graham

I serve on the board of Dignitas International with Dr. James Orbinski who was honoured this year by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada who recently selected their 2016 national award winners for Canadian physicians who go beyond the accepted norms of routine practice in their provision of health care or emergency medical services. This year Dr. Orbinski received the Royal College Teasdale-Corti Humanitarian Award.

 

What follows is his “official biography” taken from the web site of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
James Orbinski,  MD, OC, OONT, MCFP

James Orbinski, MD, OC, OONT, MCFP

Dr. James Orbinski is an internationally recognized humanitarian practitioner and advocate, and a leading scholar in global health.

After extensive field experience with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) — including as mission head during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide — he was elected MSF’s international president from 1998 to …

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