IIAC Top Under 40 Award



IIAC Top Under 40 Award 2016 recipient

The Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) is pleased to announce that Lori Pinkowski, Senior Portfolio Manager and Senior Vice President, Private Client Group at Raymond James Ltd., has been named the 2016 recipient of the IIAC Top Under 40 Award. The announcement was made October 27, 2016 at a reception in Toronto hosted by the Smarten Up Institute and Investment Executive, long-time supporters and sponsors of the Award.

The IIAC Top Under 40 Award recognizes and celebrates the new generation of highly motivated and talented young professionals whose drive, dedication, qualities and accomplishments have brought distinction to the investment/financial industry. 

“I’ve been fortunate enough to have many milestones in my career since becoming a licensed Financial Advisor at the age of 21. I’ve had the privilege to work in the financial industry for over 16 years and as the IIAC Top Under 40 Award recipient, this is a huge testament to my accomplishments, and a reminder that the best is yet to come,” Pinkowski said.

Based in Vancouver, Ms. Pinkowski was among 33 outstanding Nominees from across Canada reflecting the talent, diversity and commitment to social responsibility in the industry.

“The accomplishments and ambition of this year’s Award recipient and nominees are most impressive. These individuals have the future of Canada’s investment industry in their hands. Indeed, the calibre of past recipients and nominees for the IIAC Top Under 40 Award portends a bright future for the securities industry,” said Ian Russell, IIAC President and CEO.

Ms. Pinkowski will be recognized at the IIAC Investment Industry Hall of Fame Gala Dinner and Induction Ceremony on October 27, 2016 in Toronto. She will also be awarded a mentorship opportunity with a top industry leader in association with the Smarten Up Institute’s Mentor Program and offered a course of her choosing with the Smarten Up Institute in Toronto, or at a partner University or College.


Award Criteria

The nominee must have brought distinction to the investment/financial industry and/or have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Career Accomplishments
    – Excellence in any career position, other professional/academic achievements, etc.
  2. Commitment to Canada’s financial industry

    – Involvement in one’s company events, workshops, etc.
    – Involvement with other professional bodies or business-related organizations
    – Promotion of the profession: communications (speaking, writing, media), recruiting students in the profession, etc.

  3. Commitment to Education

    – Promotion of continuing applied education in order to bridge knowledge gaps within the industry
    – Teaching, mentoring, coaching, etc.

  4. Community Service and Involvement

    – Charitable community work, service to the profession and other business groups

To qualify as a nominee, the individual must be a full-time employee of an IIAC Member firm, must be 40 years of age or under as of December 31, 2015, and must not be a previous recipient of the award.

For a list of IIAC Member Firms, please click here.


Judging Committee

An independent committee will approve and adjudicate nominations for the IIAC Top Under 40 Award.

Members of the Committee are not eligible to be nominated or submit nominations.



Nomination Procedure 

Any member of the public may nominate an employee of an IIAC Member Firm by completing an online nomination form. Nominations for 2016 were accepted until May 31, 2016.



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The 2015 IIAC Top Under 40 Award nominees were featured in the September 2015 issue of Investment Executive. To see the full-page advertisement, click here.

The 2015 recipient of the IIAC Top Under 40 Award was featured in the November 2015 issue of Investment Executive. To see the advertisement, click here.