• What is WLS?

    And what can I expect from WLS 2020?

  • We have the honour of inviting you to the 2020 Women's Leadership Symposium; the largest Rotman Commerce event of the year! Taking place at the beautiful Shangri-La Hotel on Saturday, January 25th, 2020, WLS is a full day experience encompassing all aspects of the business world ranging from skill building and networking to inspirational panelists and keynote speakers.


    Join RCWIB for a day immersed in the world of business and participate in workshops facilitated in collaboration with our partner firms such as Franklin Templeton and Bain & Company. Experience panel sessions on a plethora of topics ranging from Fashion and Beauty to Marketing kicked off by a keynote address along with amazing food catered by the Shangri-La Hotel.


    The Women's Leadership Symposium provides opportunities for students of all genders to learn and network from top representatives of various fields such as finance, consulting, fashion and real estate among others. In addition, a special upper year panel for our first year delegates will also be taking place during the afternoon. The day runs from roughly 8am in the morning to 5pm with a light breakfast, lunch, and dessert served throughout.


    Don't miss out on the opportunity to forge new relationships with both distinguished representatives and your peers!



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    Everyone is more than welcome to attend!

    Additionally! (After buying your ticket)

    As a requirement of this year's WLS, we kindly ask that all attendees register for the event on the CPA Ontario Portal as well.


    CPA Ontario is a proud sponsor of the Women's Leadership Symposium and will take part by engaging with students over a day full of keynotes, workshops, panel discussions, and networking.


    *Instructions: Create a free account, use new user and password to register for the event

  • Evening Social | JANUARY 24TH

    What is it?

    RCWIB is excited to invite you to an evening of networking at the Shangri-La Hotel for our 2nd annual evening social. Network with over forty Rotman alumni, company representatives and your fellow delegates before the 11th Annual Women's Leadership Symposium.


    Light hors d'oeuvres and a complimentary beverage or cocktail for each delegate will be served.


    Join us at 5:30pm on Friday, January 24th, 2020 to countdown to WLS 2020!

    Evening Social Dress Code: Business Casual

    When: Friday, January 24th, 2020 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm

    Where: Shangri-La Hotel - Museum Room

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  • WLS 2020 Info & Details

    11th Annual Women's Leadership Symposium


    SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020

    From 8:15am - 5:00pm


    Internal (RC Students): $50.85

    External: $56.50



    All students, professionals, and genders are welcome!


    Business Formal

  • WLS 2020 AGENDA


    Friday, January 24th, 2020

    5:30 to 6:00 Rotman Alumni Registration

    6:00 to 6:15 Delegate Registration

    6:25 Introduction

    6:30 Sofia Miranda's Speech

    6:50 Networking

    8:30 Wrap-up


    Saturday, January 25th, 2020

    8:15 to 9:15 Delegate Registration (+ Breakfast)

    9:15 to 10:20 Opening Remarks and Keynote

    10:20 to 11:40 Panel Sessions

    11:40 to 12:30 Networking Session

    12:30 to 1:30 Lunch with Representatives

    1:30 to 3:00 Workshops

    3:00 to 4:30 Mixed Session Presentations

    4:30 to 5:00 Closing Remarks (+ Dessert)

  • Keynote Speaker

    Jean Blacklock

    President, Prairie Girl Bakery

    Jean Blacklock is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with degrees in Commerce and in Law. Jean practiced estate planning and tax law at a major law firm in Calgary before joining BMO Financial Group as an executive in wealth management for a number of years. After leaving BMO, Jean decided to open her own business. Her market research indicated that there was an opportunity for a bakery in Downtown, Toronto, so she spent about a year planning Prairie Girl Bakery. PGB opened its doors in April 2011, and has since expanded to five locations, as well as increasing its product offerings and the online ordering/catering division.


    Jean has written four books: two on estate planning (Wiley & Co, 2001 and 2010), one on leadership skills (McGraw Hill, 2006) and The Prairie Girl Bakery Cookbook (Appetites-Penguin Random House, 2016).

  • Workshops

    Workshops are an interactive way to learn more about certain fields and skills that can help your lifestyle or employability in the workplace and job market, from industry leaders.


    Senior Vice President, Sales

    Franklin Templeton Investments

    Franklin Templeton Investments is a global investment firm and this year's title sponsor at our 11th annual Women's Leadership Symposium. At this year's conference they will be hosting a sales workshop, giving delegates an insight into the life of an investments saleswoman/salesman. During this workshop, several myths about the lifestyle of a job in sales will also be dispelled, as Liz Bouthillier, SVP of Sales at Franklin Templeton, will be discussing the not so daunting reality of women in sales. If you are not heavily pursuing a career in sales, not to worry because this workshop will also be giving delegates advice on how to sell yourself to employers in interviews, how to negotiate salaries and more! Join us for an exciting sales workshop with Franklin Templeton Investments at this year's WLS.

    Meaghan KELLY

    Vice President, Strategic Communications

    AGF Investments Inc.

    Founded in 1957, AGF Management Limited is an independent and globally diverse asset management firm. AGF brings a disciplined approach to delivering excellence in investment management through its fundamental, quantitative, alternative and high-net-worth businesses. AGF's workshop will give you the opportunity to network and gain insights into the various positions within asset management firms and what the roles entail! Join Meaghan Kelly, VP, Strategic Communications to explore personal finance topics like saving and investing and the unique challenges women face to help you get on the path to greater financial literacy!

    Grace MBAZIMA & Alanna RODGERS

    Bain & Company


    Bain & Company is a top global strategy consulting firm performing cases for clients from a broad range of industries. At our 11th annual Women's Leadership Symposium, they will be hosting a strategy consulting workshop, introducing delegates to performing case analyses the "Bain way". Grace Mbazima and Alanna Rodgers are the two experienced Bain consultants who will be discussing the lifestyle of a top tier strategy consultant along with the case approach they find most helpful to consultant candidates interested in joining Bain & Company. Join us for an insightful afternoon of problem structuring, case formatting, networking with Grace and Alanna and more at the first ever Bain & Company strategy consulting workshop at this year's WLS!

    Grace Mbazima and Alanna Rodgers are the two experienced Bain consultants who will be discussing the lifestyle of a top tier strategy consultant along with the case approach they find most helpful to consultant candidates interested in joining Bain & Company. Join us for an insightful afternoon of problem structuring, case formatting, networking with Grace and Alanna and more at the first ever Bain & Company strategy consulting workshop at this year's WLS!

    Digital Marketing Workshop

    Brent CHATERS & Mia SILVA




    Accenture Interactive is a new breed of agency - one that is part business consultancy, part creative agency and part technology powerhouse - designed to empower clients to own Experience from start to finish.

    This workshop will explore the modern marketing landscape, which has dramatically changed due to the powerful convergence of marketing and technology. Data driven organizations must understand the online ecosystem and e-commerce consumer journey in order to provide value. The foundations of digital media strategy and activation will be explored though tactical targeting, measurement, hands-on activity, and real-time platform walkthroughs of Google and Facebook in order to provide a jump start understanding of the tools and skills required to be a savvy marketer today and beyond.

    Capital Markets Workshop


    RBC is the biggest bank in Canada and is excited to host its second workshop in Women's Leadership Symposium. At this year's conference they will be hosting an Intro to Capital Markets & Technology workshop for students. RBC's workshop is designed for students in all years hoping to learn more about the industry and technological changes happening in the Capital Markets world.


    The workshop will include topics such as the false "stigma" around the industry as well as job search, recruiting and networking with recruiters. There will also be a presentation on technology used in Capital Markets.


    The Upper Year Student Panel

    Rotman Commerce

    The Upper Student panel is designed for 1st and 2nd year students to connect with upper year students. It is a great opportunity for students to get tips about how to succeed in the program, job search, recruitment season, networking, and more ... directly from students that have been there before. There will also be a Q&A session for you to ask all your burning questions!



    Heather Wang, Peau

    Hannah Smith, SunLife

    Rozalia Savchuck, Scotiabank

    Zainab Hamid, EY


    Emily Kemp, Rotman Commerce

    Stephanie Chege, Rotman Commerce

  • Breakout Sessions


    Danielle HIRCH

    Regional Operations Manager, GUCCI

    Danielle Hirch is a graduate of the Ted Rogers School of Management. She obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Marketing and went on to work for the Canadian Olympic Committee. There she managed large scale events during the London and Sochi Olympic Games for local dignitaries, government and Olympians, created the Canadian Olympics Team Mascot, Komak, and built their first licensing department. She then went on to work for Hudson's Bay, managing the Olympic Business and having the opportunity to work on the Pan Am Toronto 2015 collection, Rio 2016 partnering with Dsquared2 on the opening ceremony outfit, and Pyeongchang 2018 collection. She joined the initiative delivery team at Lululemon's Corporate Office in Vancouver, managing their first 360 global launch campaign of the game changing Enlite Bra.


    Currently Danielle oversees the operations for Gucci Canada, managing the renovations of all 10 Canada locations over the next 2 years. She is always looking for ways to improve operational efficiency that contributes to a better retail experience. She continues to be an active member of the Toronto Chapter of Fashion Group International for which she was Treasurer on their Board of Directors.

    Allegra SHAW

    Founder and Entrepreneur, Uncle Studios

    Toronto based creator, Allegra Shaw, is the Co-Owner of Uncle Studios and content creator. Allegra made a name for herself as a lifestyle and fashion entrepreneur when she started her fashion and lifestyle YouTube channel in 2011, which she has earned more than 900,000 subscribers. By showcasing her easy casual style, engaging tutorials and laid-back lifestyle, Allegra hopes to inspire her audience to travel, work, all while becoming better versions of themselves. Her brand Uncle Studios launched in 2017, which creates high quality every day wear for the modern person.


    Regional VP Central Canada, Aritzia

    Jenny MacKinnon is the Vice President, Retail, Aritzia for Central Canada. As a leader, she is passionate about leading and motivating others. She has spent her career working with teams to foster an environment of development. Believing in a brand and its culture authentically and being able to represent Aritzia is something that is of upmost importance to her. She has been able to take her love for a company's culture and values and help support its growth through her people in the retail landscape. She also believes in inspiring change outside of work where she is the Vice President, on the Board of Directors for Orenda, which is an organization that is invested in empowering youth to awaken their personal power and potential.


    Jenny is passionate to share that you can have it all and be a wonderful mom and also have a thriving career at a company that you are passionate about. Her mission in life is to truly ignite and make change through the people that she interacts with on a daily basis.

    Elizabeth PERRYMAN

    Senior Brand Leader & District Manager, Anthropologie​

    Elizabeth Perryman is the Senior Store Brand Leader for Anthropologie Toronto, the highest volume district in the Canadian market. Having earned an honours degree in Sociology from McMaster University, Elizabeth worked her way up from customer associate to overseeing multi-level stores. On her days off she enjoys outdoor activities like skiing, golf, and volleyball. Tapping into Anthropologie's collaborative environment, Elizabeth built a motivated team, leading them to great success in the retail market.

    Madison SCHILL

    Content Strategist, Chimera Collective

    Madison Schill began her career in fashion as a model at age fifteen, and soon rose to fame in the Canadian market. After receiving acknowledgement as one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 for her work with homeless youth, Madison took up residence in New York City where she worked and travelled internationally for two years as a Ford Model. She found success in Paris where she worked exclusively for Lanvin's Alber Elbaz, Stella McCartney, and Christian Lacroix, gracing countless magazine covers and walking in hundreds of runway shows. Madison's first international fashion week landed her on the runways of forty-three design houses, including Marchesa, Monique L'Huillier, and Oscar de la Renta.


    While in school, Madison produced and launched the beginnings of an online style channel with the producers of Fashion Television. Interviewing the likes of DSquared2's Dean and Dan Caten, and Elsa Hosk prepared her to balance a tight schedule and curate an impressive working relationship with many forward-thinking minds in the industry. In her most recent years, Madison was associate producer on New York based documentary Straight/Curve; providing a blueprint to show the success that inclusivity in media can have for our society. From there, she took her skills to influence consumer beauty at Coty, soon moving to lead creative content strategy at media agency Chimera Collective. Even more excitingly, Madison can also be found building a beauty platform to rule them all in her latest venture Su La Po.

    Hunter PEEBLES


    Media Planning Coordinator, Corus Entertainment

    Hunter Peebles graduated from Rotman Commerce in 2019 with a specialist in Management and has since been working at Corus Entertainment on the Media Team. She started with RCWIB, as a Marketing Intern and finished her fourth year as President of the organization.


    Hunter has always had an interest in the Fashion Industry and begun her career by interning at Pink Tartan on the Marketing and PR Team. Outside of work, you can find her trying to catch up on her reading on an overly crowded TTC train, or watching the W Network with her mum.


    Aneseh BEHZADFAR

    Senior Consultant, CGI

    Aneseh, an RCWIB alumna, started her consulting journey by joining the management consulting practice within CGI providing strategy, digital transformation, and change management advisory services to clients in various industries, while creating and operationalizing sales processes and frameworks for this new practice. Aneseh has been able to leverage these same skills to help lead IT projects to success for her clients. She is passionate about creating fruitful partnerships with her clients, learning new methodologies and frameworks and applying them to projects, and diving into new industries that come with their own unique challenges.


    Outside of work she enjoys dancing, painting, interior design, and creating exceptional to-do lists.

    Katherine Cape HENRY

    Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group

    Katherine is a Consultant at BCG working primarily with financial services clients on both strategic and operational initiatives. Before joining BCG, she spent several years at Bell Canada - starting in the Graduate Leadership Rotational Program before moving through various roles in the customer experience strategy group.


    Katherine holds an MBA from Rotman and a BA from Princeton University, where she played on the varsity field hockey team.

    Rishma NATHOO

    Senior Management Consultant, Accenture

    Rishma is a Senior Leader and Executive passionate about unlocking potential as organizations and talent globally continuously reinvent themselves in this period of transformational change and digital disruption. A value-driven global citizen, she has a strong belief in coupling passion and purpose to build, empower and elevate business performance. With over 25 years of experience balancing complexity with innovation and practicality, creating high-performing teams and operating structures to accelerate growth, she is recognized for being a seasoned practitioner and trusted partner, providing hands-on strategy and implementation consulting services for her clients in the Financial Services, Health, Public Service, Retail, and Non-Profit Industries. Rishma leads the community programs and employee experience within Accenture Canada's Talent & Organization practice. Rishma believes in continuous learning, holding an Executive MBA and Master's in Education (M.Ed.). She develops, refines and builds upon her knowledge and skills as a way to grow and give back in her professional and volunteer activities.


    Melissa MCGUIRE

    Business Strategy Consultant, Franklin Templeton

    Melissa McGuire is a Business Strategy Consultant at Franklin Templeton. She is responsible for multiple functions that support Canada Sales including strategic planning, sales enablement, campaign development, technology infrastructure and financial strategies. In addition, Ms. McGuire oversees the firm’s student strategy, managing the co-op and internship program.


    Ms. McGuire has fourteen years of experience in the financial services industry.


    Ms. McGuire earned her Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Marketing (Honours) from the University of Windsor. She is actively involved in her community, sitting on the Volunteer Leadership Council of the Greater Toronto YMCA helping to provide greater access to health & wellness programs in the GTA.

    Michelle VIGNA

    Performance Improvement Consultant, EY Canada

    Isabella O'HARA


    Strategy Consultant, Advisory, EY



    Senior VP Sales, Franklin Templeton

    Liz Bouthillier is Senior Vice-President of Sales at Franklin Templeton Investments in Canada where she is responsible for execution of the firm’s Canadian retail distribution sales strategy in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Quebec. Liz and her sales team are focused on building quality partnerships with Financial Advisors as they grow their practices with a focus on practice management, value add ideas and thought leadership in addition to delivering world class investment solutions.


    Over the course of her 15-year tenure with the firm she has held progressively more senior roles, including National Head of Internal Sales and in 2018 was awarded participation in the Women in Capital Markets Emerging Leaders Program. She is a champion of diversity in the Financial Services Industry and has presented at the University of Ottawa Women’s Leadership Summit 2018/2019, Rotman School of Management University of Toronto Women’s Leadership Symposium 2019 and Wealth Professionals Women in Wealth Management Summit 2018.

    Angela RHODEN

    Global Equity Analyst, AGF Investments

    Cindy HUANG

    Analyst, CPPIB

    Cindy graduated from Rotman Commerce in 2019 with a specialist in Finance & Economics and a minor in Environmental Economics. She is currently an Analyst in the Thematic Investing group at CPPIB where she helps conduct top-down research to identify long-term structural trends and translate those insights into actionable investments. Her previous experience includes internships in investment banking and corporate communications.

    Maggie ZHANG

    Investment Banking Analyst , Scotiabank

    Maggie Zhang joined Scotiabank in August 2018. She currently works in Diversified Industries, covering Industrial and Retail Sectors. Maggie holds a Bachelor of Commerce with High Distinction from Rotman Commerce, University of Toronto.

    Joyce LEUNG


    Corporate Banking Analyst, BMO

    Joyce is a recent undergraduate of Rotman Commerce and was previously Vice President of RCWIB for the 2018-2019 school year. Since graduating, she has started her career as a Corporate Banking Analyst at BMO Capital Markets where she supports her seniors in managing key client relationships for the bank. Outside of work, she enjoys travel, working out and has a fond appreciation for fashion and art.



    Operations and Logistics Manager, Uber

    Maria graduated from UBC Sauder School of Business in 2012, specializing in Marketing and Accounting. Her most recent experience was with Uber, where she launched and managed two cities, created and developed an efficient process that transformed driver on-boarding. Outside of work, she enjoys doing yoga.

    Jennifer CATALLO

    Senior Customer Success Manager, LinkedIn

    Nitika AGARWAL

    Consultant, FactSet

    Vanessa VIDAL

    Marketing Manager, Franklin Templeton

    Vanessa Vidal is a U of T alumna and Marketing Manager at Franklin Templeton, where she leads their financial advisor education efforts and value-add strategies. In 2018, she led the launch of Franklin Templeton Academy, a digital platform developed to help advisors meet their regulatory education requirements. As the financial advice industry evolves, she believes that those who embrace technology and innovation will be the most successful.


    A big believer in the importance of community, Vanessa serves on her condominium Board of Directors. She is also actively involved with FT ABLE, an employee network that aims to promote awareness and equity for those affected by disabilities.

    Anna KESTI


    Anna is an experienced professional who has successfully delivered digital solutions for premium brands in rail & transit, travel and retail. During her career at Accenture, she has successfully led challenging transformations with different sets of methodologies and technologies from strategy to go-lives, while in various roles from enterprise architect to program manager. Anna has a deep interest in combining innovation, technology, analytics, and data-driven decision making, while thriving for human-centric experiences. Scaling innovation and creating value are at the core of her expertise and passion.

    Sofia MIRANDA


    Business Transformation Specialist, Labatt Breweries of Canada

    Sofia Miranda graduated from Rotman Commerce in 2018 with a specialist in Finance and Economics. She was a part of RCWIB for three years, starting as a Marketing Committee Member in second year and finishing her fourth year as President. Sofia started her career as a Solutions Intern at Labatt Breweries of Canada, and returned for a rotational program as the Solutions Trainee. Presently, she works as a Business Transformation Specialist where she manages automation projects, including robotics and machine learning. Outside of work, she is pursuing a data science certificate and in her spare time, she enjoys taking kickboxing classes and travelling.


    Amanda LEE

    Manager Performance Marketing, Adidas

    Amanda plays an essential role on the Digital Brand Activation team, delivering traffic and revenue for our e-commerce and retail stores. Amanda is in charge of channels such as paid search, paid social, display, and affiliate marketing.

    Andrea DANOVITCH

    Assistant Vice President, Marketing and Brand with Interac Corp.

    Andrea is a seasoned marketing professional with over 25 years of combined experience in financial services and payments. She also has extensive knowledge and experience in brand strategy.


    Andrea has been a driving force behind the evolution of the Interac brand. While Interac services have been an integral part of Canadian consumers' and business' daily lives, there was an imperative to improve brand awareness, relevance and motivation in a time of significant change in the payments landscape. During her time at this organization, Andrea relaunched the Interac brand, notably with the award-winning Be in the Black platform, recognized for its sustained success and brand building efforts. She has continued to evolve the platform to guide the company's stakeholders toward new technology-based payment solutions.

    Hilary WINDREM

    Director of Brand, Simplii Financial

    Hilary Windrem is a marketing and communications leader based in Toronto. She is currently Director, Brand Marketing for Simplii Financial - the digital direct banking arm of CIBC. Over the part decade, Hilary has shaped brand and marketing strategy for the largest financial services brands in Canada. She holds an honours degree in Psychology from Queen's University and enjoys mentoring students in her community. Hilary is an avid traveller who loves escaping to new cities or to her family's cottage on Clear Lake.


    Consultant, CEO/Founder, Havas, Shopthing

    Maggie is the CEO and Founder of ShopThing, a revolutionary new commerce platform that aims to provide access to exclusive and hard-to-find discounts on luxury items. Before founding ShopThing Maggie worked in the marketing industry for over 14 years, most recently as the VP of Operations & Client Services for Havas Canada. Throughout her career, Maggie has worked with some of Canada's biggest brands (RBC, Mercedes-Benz, Pizza Pizza, Cadillac Fairview, AIR MILES etc.) on many award-winning initiatives.


    Maggie holds a Masters Degree in Management from Harvard University and fills her spare time with her husband and three young children.

    Steph PETERS

    AVP Client Channel Marketing, AGF Investments

    Georgie GUBITZ


    Brand Associate, Capital One

    Georgie graduated Rotman Commerce in 2019 and since then has been working at Capital One Canada on the Brand Team. While her previous experience was in marketing, she's currently focusing on Corporate Social Responsibility and is very passionate about the positive social impact corporations can have! Outside of work you can find her with her head in a book and a cat by her side.


    Radhika GUPTA

    Assurance Associate, PWC

    Radhika Gupta is an Experienced Associate in the Assurance practice at PwC. She works primarily with clients in the Financial Services sector, and is a UofT alumni having graduated in 2018 from Rotman Commerce. While at Rotman, she also served as the Director of Finance for RCWIB and was a part of the WLS 2017 Conference Committee.

    Catherine ANGELOPOULOS

    CPA Rotational Analyst, CPPIB

    Catherine Angelopoulos is a CPA Rotational Analyst at CPP Investment Board in the Finance, Analytics and Risk department. She currently works in the Financial Policy and Reporting group, which prepares the quarterly and annual financial statements on behalf of the fund. Prior to this, Catherine graduated from Queen's University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting. Outside of work, Catherine is pursuing her CPA designation and enjoys travelling, cooking and reading.

    Alexandra GENGLER

    Assistant Controller, Enterprise

    Alexandra Gengler is an Assistant Controller at Enterprise Holdings, where she leads, trains, and develops a highly skilled accounting team to help support our multiple business lines. Alex has started her career in Philadelphia, PA back in 2013 where she began with an internship within the company and then made her way up in her field to be promoted to Houston, TX in 2017 as an Accounting Supervisor. There she was able to successfully develop her team and earn multiple promotions with clean audits and statement periods. Her most recent highlight of success has been her promotion to Assistant Controller in Canada where she oversees a team who manage the greater Toronto Area.


    Accounting Supervisor, Enterprise

    Brintha Kirupakaran is an Accounting Supervisor at Enterprise Holdings where she leads, trains and develops a team of 4 accountants to help provide support for our multiple business lines. She started her career in Toronto in August 2016, then transitioned to Business Management as an Accounting Clerk in June 2017 and was soon promoted to Staff Accountant in November 2017. She was then promoted to Accounting Supervisor in November 2018. In her role as Accounting Supervisor, Brintha has been able to successfully develop her team and earn multiple promotions with clean internal and external audits.

    Maggie LAU

    Director of Finance, Wave

    Maggie Lau is the Director, Finance at Wave Financial, an award-winning FinTech company based in Toronto. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Hon. BBA in Accounting, and joined Ernst & Young LLP’s audit practice, specializing in small businesses and non-for-profit organizations. Upon earning her CPA, CA designation, she moved to Xerox Canada where she spent ten years building financial reporting processes, implementing accounting systems, and working on cross-border tax projects, serving most recently as the Chief Accountant of the company prior to joining Wave.

    Julia KIM

    Associate, KPMG

    Nadia LALANG


    Intern, KPMG


    Taya COOK

    Director of Development, Urban Capital Developments

    As a UofT alumna and Director of Development at Urban Capital, Taya has spent her career surrounded by mostly great men... and noticeably few women. So when an article came out in 2018 listing the top developers in the City, and all 20 of them were men, she felt compelled to react. In 2019 she announced Reina, the first project being designed and developed by an all-star team of women and an unprecedented opportunity to showcase women in development and encourage others to enter the field. With extensive interviews for the New York Times, Huffington Post, CBC and many others, Taya is a strong supporter of women in senior positions and has a keen interest to shake up the development status quo.

    Jacob TRUGLIA

    Senior Associate, CentreCourt

    Beginning his career in investment banking at RBC and BMO after graduating with a finance degree, Jacob recently made the switch to the rest estate development industry, joining CentreCourt as an Associate in 2019. As a project's business lead, Jacob plays a critical role throughout the entire development lifecycle, including acquisition, zoning, design development, sales, construction and customer care. Outside of work, some of Jacob's interests include travel, fine dining, and fitness.

    Hody ZHU

    Broker of Record, First Class Realty

    Irene LEE

    Broker/Investment Coach, CondoCoach/REMAX Realtron

    Vivian WEI

    Broker, Royal Elite Realty

    Kathy LIU


    Rotman Commerce


    Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors !

    Franklin Templeton Investments

    Title Sponsor

    AGF Investments

    Platinum Sponsor


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    Pepsi Co.



    The Kit

    Prairie Girl Bakery

    Ola Bamboo


    Province Apothecary

    Victoria's Secret PINK

    iQ Food Co.

    David's Tea

    Piper Wai

    The Basil Box

    Kernels Popcorn

    Kupfert and Kim



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  • F.A.Q.

    If your question isn't answered, feel free to send a message to our Facebook or Instagram!

    Q: What do I need to bring?

    A: Yourself... And maybe some business cards for networking. We've got the rest covered.

    Q: How long is the conference?

    A: Roughly an 8-9 hr day. Registration starts at 8:15 am and closing remarks end at 4:00 pm.

    Q: Do I need to be an upper-year student?

    A: No! We encourage all students to join, WLS is a great opportunity to network with students and professionals.

    Q: What if I work that day? Can I still come?

    A: Of course! You can come by at any point in the day, just give us a heads up so we can keep your seat warm!

    Q: Is the Evening Social Separate from WLS?

    A: Your Evening Social ticket is included when you purchase your WLS 2020 ticket (two events for the price of one)! We look forward to seeing you on both days!

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