June 27, 2017 by Ian Russell

2017 IIAC Investment Industry Hall of Fame Inductees (IIAC Blog)

Ian Russell

Each year, the IIAC Investment Industry Hall of Fame honours excellence, integrity and leadership in Canada’s investment industry. The IIAC is proud to announce the 2017 Inductees into the Hall of Fame:

– Catherine (Kiki) Delaney – Founder and President, Delaney Capital Management Ltd.

– Ned Goodman – Co-founder Beutel, Goodman & Company; Founder, Dundee Corporation

– Stephen Jarislowsky – Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited

– William (Bill) Wilder – Former President, Wood Gundy Inc.

– John Pearce Bunting – Former President and CEO, Toronto Stock Exchange (posthumous)

– Peter Cundill – Founder, Peter Cundill & Associates Ltd.; Founder, Cundill Value Fund (posthumous)

Click here to read more.


June 13, 2017 by Ian Russell

Infographic: Did You Know? (IIAC Blog)

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The Canadian investment industry plays a key role in Canada’s financial services sector. It enables businesses and governments to raise debt and equity capital—which stimulates economic growth and job creation—and helps investors and savers work towards their financial objectives.

Did you know in 2016, Canada’s investment industry?

Directly employed approximately 40,130 Canadians from coast to coast to coast.

Generated $22.4 billion in direct economic activity.

Helped listed Canadian businesses raise $48.8 billion in equity capital in secondary offerings in public and private markets.

Helped eight companies go public, raising $466 million in initial public offerings.

Enabled Canadian businesses to raise $96.0 billion by issuing bonds to finance operations.

Enabled the federal, provincial and municipal governments to raise $197.9 billion through debt issuance.

Check out our infographic to learn more.


June 7, 2017 by Ian Russell

Charyl Galpin of BMO Nesbitt Burns Appointed IIAC Board Chair (IIAC Blog)

Charyl Galpin

The Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) is pleased to announce that Charyl Galpin, EVP & Managing Director, Head, Private Client Division, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., has been appointed Chair of the IIAC’s Board of Directors for 2017-18. She is the first woman in the IIAC’s history to serve in this capacity.

Steven Donald, President, Assante Wealth Management Ltd., was appointed Vice-Chair for 2017-18.

Ms. Galpin, who joined the IIAC Board in 2015, is already one of the most influential women in corporate Canada. She was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2014 by the Women’s Executive Network.

“Charyl Galpin’s appointment is a testament to her experience, accomplishments and valued perspective,” said Ian Russell, IIAC President and CEO. “Her appointment as our Chair is an indication of the broadening diversity of leadership right across the Canadian investment industry and financial sector.”


May 31, 2017 by Ian Russell

Worrisome Fragmentation of Global Capital Markets (IIAC Blog)

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In my May Letter from the President, I discuss developments that threaten fragmentation of global capital markets. These include Brexit, the rise of populism and protectionism across Europe and elsewhere, and the push for deregulation and dismantling of existing regulations.

Global and regional authorities are working to maintain open and integrated markets to ensure the smooth and efficient functioning of markets. However, there are no quick fixes. Bond and repo market liquidity conditions remain a concern. Automation has the potential to transform the industry and deliver more liquidity to investors.

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April 28, 2017 by Ian Russell

The Evolving New Paradigm for Financial Advice (IIAC Blog)

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President's Letter

In early April, I attended the SIFMA Private Client Conference in Phoenix. The conference examined the new paradigm of financial advice in a rapidly changing environment. Participants discussed changes in client priorities and expectations, including the increased emphasis on value and convenience in addition to investment performance, as well as how advisors and firms are adapting to meet investors’ needs in the advent of the financial technology revolution.

Since many of the trends shaping the U.S. financial advisory business are also sweeping the Canadian marketplace, the insights and best practices shared at the conference are of interest to IIAC member firms.

Read my observations and takeaways from the SIFMA Private Client Conference in my April Letter from the President.

April 17, 2017 by Ian Russell

Call for Nominations: IIAC Top Under 40 Award

IIAC Top Under 40 AwardDo you know an outstanding individual under the age of 40 whose qualities and accomplishments have brought distinction to Canada’s investment industry? Submit your IIAC Top Under 40 Award nomination by June 30, 2017. Learn about the Award criteria and nomination process here.


March 22, 2017 by Ian Russell

IIAC Responds to 2017 Federal Budget (IIAC Blog)

IIAC President and CEO tells BNN’s Greg Bonnell the 2017 federal budget suggests a year from now we’ll be in the exact same place. All we have left is the same programs with a few changes and it’s not enough to give our economy a boost.

You can read the IIAC’s reaction to today’s federal budget here.

March 2, 2017 by Ian Russell

Letter from the President (IIAC Blog)

Ian Russell

Ian Russell

President's Letter

In February, I had discussions with global regulators at the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the Financial Stability Board (FSB) and the Fixed Income, Currencies and Commodities Markets Standards Board (FMSB).

While there is pressure to adjust existing regulatory reforms, regulators will strongly resist these overtures to avoid undermining the much improved stability of the global financial system.

You can read more in the my most recent Letter from the President. Click here.



February 14, 2017 by Ian Russell

Robo-advisor versus the traditional advisor: Round two of the debate (IIAC Blog)


February 14, 2017 by Ian Russell

Robo-advisor versus the traditional advisor: Round one of the debate (IIAC Blog)