May 2017

RBC Capital Markets and LGBT in Capital Markets Partner to Launch Canada’s First LGBT+ Coaching Program

RBC Capital Markets and LGBT in Capital Markets (LGBTCM) are proud to announce the launch of Common Grounds – Canada’s first LGBT+ coaching program for industry professionals.

The program is designed to connect LGBT+ and ally coaches with LGBT+ program participants for one-on-one coaching and development sessions. It offers participants advice and guidance on industry-specific paths, educational goals, being LGBT+/gender diverse, and how to break into a field of interest.

Common Grounds participants are carefully matched by LGBTCM based on career objectives, industry interests, LGBT+ community involvement and other criteria. Participation is confidential and involves a one-on-one coaching session that provides guidance on industry-specific career paths, being LGBT+ / gender diverse in the industry, educational goals and how to break into a field of interest.

“We are thrilled to partner with LGBTCM on Common Grounds,” said Derek Flood, Head of Canadian Equities and Co-Chair of the Canadian Diversity Leadership Council, RBC Capital Markets. “Diversity and inclusion is a core value at RBC, and we want to play an active role in supporting our firm’s LGBT+ employees and professionals across the industry. There is a tremendous business case for diversity, and this program is an important step forward in enabling and investing in LGBT+ talent. We hope Common Grounds sends a strong message about the support that exists for bringing one’s full self to work.”

Participation in the program is currently open to members of LGBTCM (membership is free of charge) across the Greater Toronto Area, and applications are now being accepted for both participants and coaches. Find out more at LGBTCM.