Three students selected for National Bank’s Women in Finance Bursary Program
National Bank has announced the winners of its Women in Finance Bursary Program, now in its third year. At a reception to honour this year’s recipients, Ricardo Pascoe, Co-President and Co-Chief Executive Officer of National Bank Financial and Executive Vice-President – Financial Markets, awarded a total of $25,000 to three students enrolled in a finance-related graduate program at a Canadian university.
“This initiative is the only one of its kind in the Canadian banking industry and a way for National Bank to recognize talented and ambitious women looking to pursue graduate studies in a field related to capital markets while giving them an inside look at a major financial institution,” said Mr. Pascoe.
And the winners are:
Karina Kanouni Simone, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Science with a major in Mathematics and a double minor in Finance and Computer Science from McGill University. She will be undertaking a Master of Science in Administration (Finance program) at Concordia University’s John Molson School of Business in Montreal.
Nondini Chakrabarti, who has an Honours Bachelor in Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University. She will be doing an MBA at Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business in London, Ontario.
Sandy Lam, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Co-op option) from University of Toronto. She will continue her studies in the Master of Finance program at the same university’s Rotman School of Management.
An invaluable mentorship program
In addition to receiving the bursaries, the three recipients will be paired with an experienced manager in the Bank’s Financial Markets sector, who will advise them during their studies. The recipient from Quebec will be mentored by Isabelle Paquet, Manager – Equity Derivatives at National Bank, while the recipients from Ontario will work with Marjorie Nadeau, Director – Risk Management Solutions Group at National Bank Financial.
More than 50 women submitted an application this year. Candidates were initially selected by a jury made up of representatives from capital markets. Shortlisted candidates were then invited to participate in a telephone interview and a formal interview with members of senior management in the Financial Markets sector, under the direction of Susan Monteith, Managing Director and Head of Equity Capital Markets at National Bank Financial.