Our Mission

Women + Wealth’s mission is to provide a platform for women across the country to share their journey of success and inspire and empower others with their story. Through our International Women’s Day Galas, we bring people together to celebrate the social, educational, economical, and political achievements of female leaders.

Having recognized the gender gap in financial services, Raintree Financial Solutions decided to bring women from the industry together for an event on International Women’s Day in 2016 with the net-proceeds being donated to a local charity. From our research, we found that women were far less confident about investing and less likely to participate in the financial industry than men. Our first event that year was a huge hit. We soon realized that there was little going on for International Women’s Day in Canada which provided for a bigger opportunity to engage everyone in a celebration with an event to promote and develop key initiatives to support women. What at the time was a corporate event held by Raintree Financial Solutions, has evolved into a not-for-profit called Women & Wealth Inc. with the same key agenda: to provide a platform for women across the country to share their journey of success and inspire and empower others with their story. 

Why Women + Wealth

When we originally created the Gala to celebrate International Women’s Day, we needed a title. The very first one in 2016 was called “Women In Investing”. Investing was the focus of the event and related back to Raintree’s services (our founding sponsor). After the first year, we realized there was something much bigger here and we needed to expand our vision. Instead of investing, we decided that wealth in general was a better focus. In our opinion, wealth describes prosperity of all varieties. We’re wealthier when we: have more time to spend with friends and family, focus on fitness, expand our knowledge and awareness, feel spiritually balanced, are going after and achieving our goals, have money in the bank and when we surround ourselves with people/things that truly make us happy. The idea is that in order to advance our mission of achieving gender equality, we need to create and elevate wealth for women. We believe that our events are one step towards making women wealthier – ie Women + Wealth.

Our Team

PETER KINKAIDE

PETER KINKAIDE

Director

Peter is the CEO of Raintree Capital Inc, a financial services business headquartered in Edmonton. Raintree provides investors access to well thought out investment portfolios and investments through Raintree Wealth Management and Raintree Financial Solutions. Outside of work he spends his time with his wife Kristin and kids Sofia and Cohen. He’s an Edmonton native and is passionate about developing opportunities and leadership for others. What resonates most with him, and the reason he loves being a part of this event, is that he learns something new every year.

ASHLEY MACDERMID

ASHLEY MACDERMID

Director

Ashley is a resourceful Human Resources professional with over 10 years of experience in various industries. She is effective at providing leadership and direction regarding Human Resources strategies and functions; ensuring successful development, implementation and change management of varying applicable Human Resources policies, programs and initiatives. Ashley also holds an Event Management certificate from NAIT and has always had a passion for event planning having been involved in several local events throughout her career. She is married with a son and one on the way. She stays busy outdoors with her family and Boston Terrier, but always makes time for her best girlfriends with a good bottle of vino!

SEAN WILSON

SEAN WILSON

Director

Sean is a Private Wealth Advisor with Raintree Financial Solutions and an owner of Quarry Wealth Management Ltd in Calgary. Working as a Private Wealth Advisor is incredibly fulfilling. The most important thing to Sean is educating clients so that they know what financial options are available. Sean has a wife and two daughters and feels it is important to show leadership around gender equality. Sean has supported the event in Edmonton and has been inspired by the amazing accomplishments of the women who have presented. He saw the need for a similar event in Calgary which is why he has become so involved with Women & Wealth Inc.

HANNAH BARNES

HANNAH BARNES

Event Manager

Hannah Barnes is the Founder of Connected Events and Connected Creative , a full-service marketing and event management agency based in Edmonton. Connected Events | Creative has been the event and marketing manager for the International Women’s Day Women + Wealth Gala since its inception in 2016. Hannah has a real passion for advancing gender equality, women’s empowerment and helping female business owners tell their story through strategic marketing and events such as the Women + Wealth Gala. Being involved in such an important and inspirational event alongside the rest of the Women + Wealth team has been an incredible opportunity.
SUZANNE DUNCAN

SUZANNE DUNCAN

CWF Representative

Suzanne Duncan has helped social justice organizations reach their philanthropic potential for 20 years. At social service organizations like YWCA Toronto and The WoodGreen Foundation, she connected visionary donors to innovative projects. She spent 9 years at the CAMH Foundation where she raised $39million+ for major mental health initiatives while curating and creating experiences for donors to feel the impact of their giving. Now as the Vice President of Philanthropy at the Canadian Women’s Foundation, Suzanne is advancing gender justice and ensuring women, girls and non-binary people don’t get left behind as we recover from the pandemic.

Aymie Rondeau

Aymie Rondeau

Committee Member

Aymie Rondeau is a CPA, CA with over 20 years of experience in progressive leadership roles that have taken her to interesting places from Albania to Australia. She is the Manager of Process and Technology Enablement for Shaw Communications’ Strategic Sourcing and Purchasing organization. Aymie tends to use her Chartered Accountant designation in unconventional ways and often jokes that she has not booked a journal entry for many years!

In 2019, Aymie entered the exciting world of entrepreneurship, founding The Curvy Shop after finding it was frustrating to find high-quality, modern fashion to meet her plus-sized style needs. The Curvy Shop is a virtual plus-size fashion boutique, offering curated collections of nothing but the best in plus women’s fashion. Aymie launched the business after entering the inaugural ATB Financial Build Her Business crowdfunding competition, where The Curvy Shop nearly doubled its crowdfunding goal and was crowned the winner of the competition. The company has been steadily growing ever since!

Outside of work, Aymie has many years of volunteer experience in the non-profit sector and was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award by CPA Alberta in 2018 for her contributions. She is the Board Chair of the Alberta CPA Community Ambassadors and the Founder of Females in Finance. When Aymie isn’t hunting down the latest fashion trends (or volunteering!), she can be found taking her Chocolate Lab Bentley on adventures, in her vegetable garden, or traveling and eating her way around the world.

Kathleen Hansma

Kathleen Hansma

Committee Member

Kathleen Hansma graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with distinction from the University of Alberta, which gives her broad expertise in human resource management, corporate structure, marketing and business law. She is a strategic communicator and passionate publicist that has worked in the entertainment industry since 2010 with her areas of expertise in entertainment (film and television), lifestyle and fashion brands.

Kathleen is currently the Director of Public Relations for @ParisJewellersCanada which has 23 locations across Canada. Kathleen handles the strategic planning (campaign critical paths, development of publicity plans in the North American market, assisting with key messaging, creation of all press materials) and media relations (development and outreach to targeted media and influencer lists, manage distribution of press materials, manage media requests as well as basic media training).

Kathleen lived in Toronto from 2014-2020 and held several positions including the PR Director for the inaugural B.L.A.C.K Ball in 2016 during the Toronto International Film Festival. She has worked with several prestigious companies such as @smittencreative and @k2publicity.

I am truly honoured to be a part of the incredible Women + Wealth team and am excited for a remarkable and dazzling in-person event in 2022!

International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day is a worldwide celebration of the social, political and economic achievements of women past, present and future. In some countries including Bulgaria, Russia, Vietnam and China, it is a national holiday. International Women’s Day has been observed since the early 1900s and continues to be celebrated today.​​

Why It’s Important to Celebrate International Women’s Day

Women make up just over half of the Canadian population yet continue to be underrepresented in political and professional leadership positions. Empowering and supporting more women to become leaders will influence high-level decision-making that will ultimately pave the way toward gender equality.

Just 8.5% of the highest-paid positions in Canada’s top 100 listed companies are held by women.

(Women now hold 8.5% of Canada’s top jobs, 2015. CBC News)

Women comprise just 19.5% of the board members for Canada’s top 500 companies.

(Annual Report Card, 2015. Canadian Board Diversity Council. Page 4.)

Women hold only 25% of vice-president positions, and 15% of CEO positions.

How much does gender inequality cost Canada? $150B, report finds, 2017. CBC News.

In Support of

The Canadian Women’s Foundation

The Women + Wealth Gala is a not-for-profit fundraiser event. A percentage of the net proceeds as well as all donations will be donated to the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

The Canadian Women’s Foundation is Canada’s public foundation for women and girls. They fund programs across Canada, prioritizing the communities where the need is greatest. These programs address four urgent issues: prevention of gender-based violence, women’s economic development, girls’ empowerment, and inclusive leadership.

The Foundation works toward systemic change by bringing together community organizations across Canada to share knowledge and solutions. Their expertise has made them a revered hub comprised of national community grassroots leaders, issue experts, advocates, and donors that are raising awareness and keeping up the momentum toward gender equality. Since 1991, the Canadian Women’s Foundation has raised more than $80 million, funded programs in more than 1,500 communities, and supported women’s shelters across Canada.

To learn more, please visit www.canadianwomen.org.