Two Schulich School of Business MBA students have been named recipients of the Women in Capital Markets (WCM) Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship.
Sakshi Kanda (MBA candidate, 2017) and Dajena Collaku (MBA/JD candidate, 2017) are among this year’s winners.
Established in 1998, this scholarship has given qualified women – participating a full-time, two-year MBA or joint MBA/LLB program – the opportunity to pursue careers in the Canadian capital markets. It was designed to promote the industry and to encourage women to pursue careers in capital markets.
The scholarship includes: $17,500 and a paid summer internship in the capital markets at a major financial institution; mentoring during the internship and final year of studies; a one-year complimentary membership with WCM; and a women’s leadership training program prior to the internship.
Kanda and Collaku were selected based on their interest in capital markets, in addition to their academic excellence, community involvement and leadership capabilities.
The Heather L. Main Memorial Scholarship honours the memory of an inspiring woman in Canadian capital markets. Main was one of a small group of women in corporate finance on Bay Street in the 1980s. After obtaining a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and being called to the bar in Ontario, she entered the corporate finance department of one of Bay Street’s premier investment banks where she helped lead a wave of innovative financings in the mid ’80s. Main also conducted a tour of duty with the Corporate Finance Branch of the Ontario Securities Commission.
In May 1989, Main was killed in a car accident with her husband and mother. She is remembered by those who knew and worked with her for her intelligence and dedication, her generosity of spirit and her support of those who worked with her. She served as a role model and mentor for many of the women who worked with her.