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Maja Djikic, PhD,

Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Maja Djikic, PhD,
  • Maja Djikic, PhD,

    Maja Djikic, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management, the Director of The Self-Development Laboratory, and the Academic Director of the Rotman Executive Coaching Certificate program at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. She is a teaching fellow at The Institute for Gender and the Economy. As a psychologist specializing in the field of personality development, Dr. Djikic examines the processes and methods of developing a balanced and flexible self. She has published more than 35 scientific articles and book chapters on personality development, and her research has been featured in over 50 media outlets (including the New York Times, Salon, Slate, and Scientific American Mind) in 15 countries. In addition to teaching MBA students, at Rotman she teaches leaders in the Executive MBA program and custom executive programs. Her government and corporate clients have included Health Ontario, United Health Network, McKinsey & Co., Deloitte, Eli Lilly, CSL Behring, Sun Life Financial, Royal Bank of Canada, TD Bank, Aird & Berlis LLP, Hyundai Canada, Microsoft, Alcon, Right to Play, Open Text, Reach Out Centre for Kids, and others. Her first book, The Possible Self: A Leader’s Guide to Personal Development, will be published in March of 2024 by Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

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Susan Richardson

Felix Global
Susan Richardson
  • Susan Richardson

    Susan brings 30+ years of experience within a diversity of functions including leadership, sales, operations, professional services, business development and customer service, and has empowered individuals and teams in the information technology, insurance, finance, telecommunications and software industries.
     

    Her ability to ask the right questions, effectively assess challenges and align winning solutions has allowed her to repeatedly create value and impact. As a lead facilitator and executive coach, Susan’s passion for people and their ability to maximize their potential.

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Dr. Rachel La Touche

Rare Talent Consulting
Dr. Rachel La Touche
  • Dr. Rachel La Touche

    Dr. Rachel La Touche (she/her) is CEO and Principal consultant at Rare Talent Consulting - an organization that develops and connects emerging talent to visionary employers, building equitable and sustainable careers. She has over fifteen years of leadership and applied expertise in evidence-based equity interventions, anti-oppression programming, and professional coaching and development. She is most passionate about using data to drive, develop, optimize, and elevate organizations.

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Kanina Blanchard, PHD

Consultant
Kanina Blanchard, PHD
  • Kanina Blanchard, PHD

    Kanina Blanchard has extensive experience working in international business, the public service, non- profit, and consulting. Having lived and worked on four continents she is recognized for her ability to adapt, lead teams and projects, and navigate complexities across various sectors, geographies, and cultures. With expertise in the areas of organizational and communication challenges as well as issues, crisis and change management, her greatest passion is in the area of leadership development, education, and coaching.

    From CEOs and C-Suite executives to emerging leaders, and from the next generation of professionals to those seeking to leave a leadership legacy, Kanina focuses on supporting those seeking to grow and develop their character, competencies, and commitment. Kanina brings more than 30 years of practical, dynamic, and real-world experience to the table along with a deepening array of research and academic credentials that grounds her consulting practices in the creation of transformational and sustainable change. As a consultant she is committed to provide clients with targeted and customized strategic solutions to challenges that impact organizational and leadership brand, reputation, and bottom line. As an academic, her focus and research is on responsible leadership, women in leadership and on supporting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Hannah Smerek

Director, Commodities
National Bank of Canada
Hannah Smerek
  • Hannah Smerek

    Hannah Smerek is a Director in National Bank’s Commodity Derivatives group where she has extensive experience covering a wide array of corporate energy clients. Through her position, Hannah works directly with C-Suite executives and trading teams to develop and execute on strategic solutions for managing their commodity price risks. Additionally, Hannah spearheads National Bank’s environmental commodities origination activities where she specializes in key carbon markets impacting North American clients. Hannah has been with National Bank since 2014 and has held various roles within Capital Markets. Hannah has a Bachelor of Engineering in Materials Science with First Class Honours from Imperial College London, UK where she graduated at the top of her class and was awarded the IOM3 Prize in Materials from the UK Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining for her strong academic performance. Hannah is passionate about the advancement of women in STEM fields and has been actively involved with Women in Capital Markets as a member of the Calgary Steering Committee since 2017 and Co-Chair of the Alberta Chapter since 2019. Hannah was a recipient of Women in Capital Market’s Emerging Leaders Award in 2020 and its Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2021 for her leadership of WCM’s Alberta programming.

     

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Rieshdah Gabier

Director, Business Development & People
Firepower Capital
Rieshdah Gabier
  • Rieshdah Gabier

    Rieshdah  leads the FirePower's Origination team and is also responsible for developing and implementing the firm's internal and external marketing strategies. Prior to joining, Rieshdah worked at a Toronto-based boutique alternatives investment firm. Before moving to Canada, she spent more than a decade at Ninety One Asset Management (previously Investec Asset Management), a Johannesburg and London Stock Exchange-listed company, where she focused on marketing and selling mutual funds to independent financial advisors. Before her shift to financial services, Rieshdah spent the early part of her career in the advertising and film industry. Rieshdah holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Law degree from the University of South Africa.

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Priya Radha

Managing Director and Head, Government Solutions Group
CIBC
Priya Radha
  • Priya Radha

    Priya Radha is Managing Director and Head, Government Solutions Group at CIBC. In this role, she leads a team that is responsible for global client coverage in Public Sector Origination, Syndication and Derivatives. This includes all Canadian Provinces, Crowns, Federal & Provincial Asset Managers and U.S. and international SSA’s.  

    Previous to this role, Priya headed up the Government Solutions Group for cross-asset derivatives providing specialized advice and structuring to all Public Sector Clients through a team of experts in interest rates, foreign exchange and commodities.

    Prior to her focus on Public Sector clients, she was responsible for the Fixed Income Interest Rate Options Trading at Scotiabank for the Canadian and the US Markets. Her opportunity in trading options came from successive progressive roles where she was a Swap trader in the U.S. and Canadian markets and prior to that trading European and Sterling Swaps.

    In 2019, Priya was the recipient of the Women in Capital Markets Executive Leaders Award and in 2017, she was the recipient of the WCM Rising Star Award. She was also awarded the WCM Executive Coaching Award in 2016. She mentors and coaches several junior and intermediate men and women in Capital Markets both within CIBC and outside the firm. 

    She currently sits on the Board of CODE Foundation and has previously been on several Non-Profit Boards that value giving back to local communities via the arts and education.

    Priya holds both a B.B.A. (Hon.) and an M.B.A (Dean’s List) with a Specialization in Finance and Strategic Management from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She also earned her Sustainable Finance Certificate from the University of Cambridge (CISL) in 2020.

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Ayanna Dick

Director & Head, Canadian Corporate Access
RBC Capital Markets
Ayanna Dick
  • Ayanna Dick

    Ayanna is Director and Head of Canadian Corporate Access at RBC Capital Markets. Corporate Access team provides a full suite of consultative and logistics services to bring institutional investors and corporate clients together.  Ayanna has 20 years of Capital Markets experience spanning across Operations, Finance, Credit Risk and Strategy & Transformation. Ayanna is involved in creating and leading diversity initiatives, participating in mentorship programs both in and outside of RBC, and recently became co-chair of RBC Capital Market’s Canadian Diversity Leadership Council. Ayanna received her BBA with Honors from Wilfrid Laurier University.  She is also a 2024 recipient of WCM’s 2024 Executive Leaders Program.

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Deborah Grosdanis

Finance Professional
Deborah Grosdanis
  • Deborah Grosdanis

    Deborah Grosdanis is an accomplished leader with experience across banking, capital markets and investment management. She was most recently the Vice President, Client Relationship Management at IMCO, an investment manager with over $70B in assets under management. At IMCO, Deborah was responsible for leading the day-to-day client service, investment reporting and relationship management for IMCO’s clients, in addition to cultivating new relationships with prospective clients.

    Prior to joining IMCO, Deborah spent 14 years at Scotiabank where she held a range of progressively senior roles within the capital markets industry including in corporate banking, fixed income sales and global transaction banking.

    Deborah’s breadth of industry experience is complemented by her track record of developing strategic objectives and executing transformational changes. She is a champion of diversity and supporter of talent development, as well as a builder of high-performing teams.

    Deborah holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business. She was recognized by Women in Capital Markets in 2020 as a Rising Star. 

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