Women in Asset Management (WAM) is designed to overcome the important issue of underrepresentation of individuals who self-identify as women in asset management in Canada. WAM is a new course and summer internship program launching in May of 2022, for second and third-year Western University undergraduate students who self-identify as women and are interested in learning more about asset management. The program includes a four-week classroom experience followed by a 10-week paid internship at a Canadian asset management firm (banks, pension funds, hedge funds, etc.).
Thanks to Ivey and our corporate sponsors, admission and program materials are free.
Asset management – through banks, pension funds, and hedge funds, both public and private sector – impacts society in terms of household wealth and retirement planning. The industry provides exciting career opportunities. Despite the opportunities, the participation rate of individuals who self-identify as women in asset management – for example, in terms of mutual fund portfolio management, financial advisory services, and money management fund firms – has not shown substantial change in the past decades.
Our vision: Accelerate the diversification of Canada's future leaders in finance.
Our mission: To increase the number of women in Canada's asset management industry through exposure and training.
We do this by:
- Teaching technical skills, delivering industry knowledge, and providing tools for career success;
- Providing access to diverse and impactful asset management internships and career opportunities for women; and
- Building a lifelong network of alumni, educators, and industry leaders committed to training, mentoring and retaining women in the industry