Andreea Constantin, BComm 02
Growing up in Romania under communist rule, Andreea Constantin, BComm 02, knew very little about portfolio management when she immigrated to Canada at the age of 19.
“When I saw the description of the program, I thought this was exactly the type of program that I wanted to be part of, to really have an edge in my career,” says Constantin. “The combination of managing a real portfolio, receiving guidance from outstanding mentors and working two internships gave me the skills and insights necessary to hit the ground running at my very first job.”
The Kenneth Woods program provided Constantin with the foundation she needed for a successful career. Her resume includes roles at Standard Life Investment, Bank of Montreal and GMP Securities. She additionally gained international experience working for Scotiabank in Lima, Peru.
Most recently, Constantin worked at RBC as vice-president, Capital Markets, Fixed Income and Currencies, as well as on projects with RBC Wealth Management and Global Asset Management until she decided to devote her time to being a mother — her “favourite role” as she describes it.
While she’s stepped out of the financial world for now, Constantin acknowledges there’s still work to be done in her sector.
“The finance industry is a difficult environment for women, and challenges such as work-related harassment are still an issue that affect women more than men,” she says. “I believe that having better representation in the workforce will allow the new generation entering the industry to feel more supported and hopefully not face the same reality.
“Ultimately, I think the more women are represented in the industry, the more equitable and sustainable the environment will be for both men and women.”