Paige Zimmer, Fourth Year Business Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS) student with a specialization in Finance and Administration, will be taking part in National Bank Financial’s Women Student Mentorship Program, the first student from the School of Management, Economics, and Mathematics (MEM) to participate in the program.

In September, Zimmer will connect with a financial advisor at the National Bank branch in London to begin her mentorship. She believes the program will assist her with her studies by allowing her to experience real world applications from the policies and financial knowledge learned at King's. Zimmer says she hopes to learn practical skills to enhance her knowledge of the stock market and other investment accounts. She is interested in learning how to resourcefully invest within the market to accurately see a future return on investments. 

“I see this as a great opportunity to network with professionals in the Wealth Management Industry and obtain a better understanding of the roles and obligations of financial advisors,” Zimmer says.

Zimmer is interested in a career working with clients on their personal finances and believes the ability to shadow a successful financial advisor will help enhance her ability to establish client relationships and give accurate and useful advice to clients. “Ultimately, I would like to be able to take this knowledge and offer financial advice for individuals who are looking to invest some of their income,” she says.

With an interest in learning more about professional investments and following the stock market, Zimmer sees this mentorship as a great opportunity to learn more about making professional connections and establishing client relationships. “I am also looking forward to connecting with women in finance all across Canada and networking with other mentees from different backgrounds,” she says.

“King’s alumna, Angela Hamilton ’96, Literature, a passionate advocate for career opportunities for women, introduced this program to our students at King’s. This is an amazing experiential learning and an invaluable career development opportunity for our female students interested in Finance and Wealth Management related careers,” says Dr. Grigori Erenburg, Director, School of MEM and Associate Professor.

The National Bank Financial Women Student Mentorship program was developed by Angela D’Angelo, Vice-President, Development and Client Experience, National Bank Financial Wealth Management to attract more women into the role of financial advisors. In 2019, National Bank Financial collaborated with over 29 Canadian universities and received close to 260 applications for the program. “It’s a program that grows every year and of which I am extremely proud,” D’Angelo wrote in an article on LinkedIn.