Welch LLP is proud of its esteemed businesswomen who have successfully guided the firm throughout its history. Betty Wilson, Welch’s first female partner, paved the way for women at the firm and was responsible for welcoming the firm’s first female student, who was hired to complete a work term in 1971. The addition of these two women helped to break down the barriers that existed in the male-dominated industry.
By the mid-1970s, Welch had hired several highly skilled women through the University of Waterloo co-op program and was recognized as one of the first firms to hire female university students. Bill Irwin, one of the partners who was involved in that recruiting process and highly supportive of the initiative, commented, “We just couldn’t strike out with it. Every one of the ladies became a success”.
Women’s roles at Welch have evolved through the decades, with many establishing significant representation within the organization in various leadership roles. Still, as in most industries, there is potential for gender parity in the accounting sector at large – an opportunity that does not go unacknowledged at Welch. In 2016, the firm formed the Women in Leadership Committee, merging education with mentoring to ensure that the unique challenges facing women in the workplace can be overcome.
Candace Enman, member of the Committee and President of WelchGroup Consulting, has exemplified what it means to be a leader over the course of her career.
After starting out as an accountant at Welch, subsequent opportunities led Candace to positions including Director of Finance and Financial Controller at various organizations before returning to help launch Welch’s consulting practice. With her leadership and determination, WelchGroup Consulting has transitioned into a thriving entity.
In 2017, Candace was named Businesswoman of the Year by the Women’s Business Network; Candace has been a force to be reckoned with since joining Welch, epitomizing passion and dedication in everything that she does.