Acadia University hosted the Second Annual Women in Finance Conference, February first and second. The conference consisted of talks and workshops hosted by women currently working in the finance industry. Speakers included Hannah Vaughn (Regional Manager, Corporate Citizenship at RBC), Holly Wong (Branch Manager at Scotiabank), Bethany Moffatt (Vice President and Head of Commercial Banking, Scotiabank Atlantic Region), Sally Swanburg Wallace (BSc, CFP, CEA), and keynote speaker Deborah Shaffner (CEO of Eastlink). There were also two panel discussions made up of both alumni and recent graduates including Josh Sampson (Business Analyst at JDI), Stephanie Johnston (Strategic Projects Coordinator at Irving Consumer Product), Kenneth MacInnes (Sales Account Manager at Midland Transportation), Brett VanBlarcom (Financial Advisor at Edward Jones) and Jeff Hanes (Financial Analyst, Reporting & Analytics at Sobeys) and Kristina King (Cabinet Advisor at the Executive Council, Province of Nova Scotia). Conference organizer Breton Whalen stated that she is
overjoyed with the support we received at this year’s conference. Women can face many challenges in the workplace, and may be reluctant to pursue a career in a male-dominated industry. It is very eye opening for the students to hear stories of great success from these female professionals. Former Finance Society president and current Dalhousie law student Ella Murphy (’18), who created the conference, was also in attendance. She stated in a speech that she was thrilled to see the conference continue and was impressed by its growth from the inaugural year. The Conference provides opportunities for current students in Atlantic Canada (both men and women) to learn about career opportunities in the industry and to participate in workshops lead by new graduates, professors, and industry professionals.
About the Manning School
Founded in 1957, the Manning School at Acadia University is home to over 600 students from over 20 countries. With 23 faculty members from a variety of academic and professional backgrounds, the Manning School offers small classes that encourage concentrated interaction between students and faculty. Our students have opportunities to learn outside the classroom through co-op placements, projects with local enterprises, and international exchanges. Firmly rooted in a rich institutional legacy that personifies the very essence of a liberal education, the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program at Acadia is challenging and flexible, allowing students to explore a broad range of interests and producing well-rounded graduates who are well-positioned to pursue varied professional opportunities. Our graduates work in leadership roles across Canada and around the globe, with many having made their Acadia BBA degree a pathway to prestigious graduate programs.