Paying Tribute to Excellence in
Canada’s Investment Industry

The Investment Industry
Hall of Fame Inductees

/  2021

 

 
 

James Meekison

James Meekison
 

Gordon Nixon

Gordon Nixon
 

Gilles Ouellette

Gilles Ouellette
 

Peter Eby

Peter Eby
 

C. Warren Goldring

C. Warren Goldring
 

About the Investment
Industry Hall of Fame

The Investment Industry Hall of Fame provides a platform to pay tribute to the talent and integrity of professionals in Canada’s investment industry. These individuals are being recognized for their outstanding achievement in their professional and personal lives. They have given much to the investment industry and capital markets, and given back much to their communities and to Canada. It is fitting that these highly accomplished trailblazers join the distinguished list of past Inductees who have set such a high standard of excellence, innovation and social responsibility.

- Ian Russell, IIAC President and CEO

2021 Investment Industry Hall of Fame Virtual Gala and Induction Ceremony

Thursday, October 28, 2021

 

The Investment Industry Hall of Fame honours excellence, integrity and leadership in Canada's investment community. The 2021 Inductees will be honoured on Thursday, October 28, 2021.

Get your tickets here.

 

The Selection Committee

 

 

The Inductees were chosen by members of the Investment Industry Hall of Fame Selection Committee, a group of distinguished Canadians who work, or have worked, in politics, the law, academia, business and the investment industry. Members of the Investment Industry Hall of Fame Selection Committee are (right):

 

To request complete biographies for members of the Selection Committee, please click here.

Lynn Patterson, CFA , ICD.D (Selection Committee Chair)

 

Former Deputy Governor,
Bank of Canada,
Toronto, ON

Donald Black, C.M., S.O.M., LL.D.

 

Managing Director,
TD Greystone Asset Management,
Regina, SK

J. Colin Dodds

 

President Emeritus,
Professor of Finance,
Saint Mary's University
Halifax, NS

Clément Gignac

 

Former Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, iA Financial Group, Quebec, QC

Donald K. Johnson, O.C., LL.D.

 

Member, Advisory Board,
BMO Capital Markets,
Toronto, ON

Sue Lemon, CFA

 

Chief Executive Officer,
CFA Society Toronto,
Toronto, ON

2021 Inductee Biographies

 

 

James Meekison

James Meekison
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Trimin Capital Corp.; Former Director, Nesbitt Thomson Limited, First Marathon Inc., GMP Capital Inc.

Jim Meekison’s career has spanned over 40 years in the investment banking, cable television and private equity. After several years as an investment banker with E.F. Hutton in New York City and Nesbitt Thomson Limited in Toronto, Jim co-founded Cablecasting Limited, which grew to become one of Canada’s largest cable television companies. After selling Cablecasting in 1986, Jim moved into private investment and merchant banking by starting Fusion Capital and later Trimin Capital Corp. in 1990, a Canadian private equity company.

Jim has served as a Director of Nesbitt Thomson Limited, First Marathon Inc., GMP Capital Inc. and as Chairman of Carmanah Technologies Corporation.

Jim is also active in numerous charitable and philanthropic organizations with a focus on education, health, and the arts. These organizations include Pathways to Education Canada, the Arthritis Research Foundation, and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). In addition, Jim created the Meekison Arts Student Space at his Alma Mater—the University of British Columbia (UBC)—and established the Meekison Arts Student Entrance Award at UBC. The Jim Meekison & Carolyn Keystone Foundation provides funds to charitable organizations in Canada for the purpose of research, education and the establishment and maintenance of charitable activities.

Jim holds Bachelor and Master degrees from UBC and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Gordon Nixon

Gordon Nixon
Former President & Chief Executive Officer, Royal Bank of Canada; Former Chief Executive Officer, RBC Capital Markets

Gordon M. Nixon first joined RBC Dominion Securities Inc. in 1979, moving to Tokyo in 1986 to head up its operations in Japan. He returned to Canada in 1989, two years after Dominion Securities was bought by RBC. He served as CEO of RBC Capital Markets from December 1999 to April 2001.

In 2001, Gord was appointed President and CEO of the Royal Bank of Canada. During his 13 years as CEO, he led the organization to strong earnings growth during the most challenging financial crisis and transformed the bank by putting the client first and fostering a culture of collaboration across the organization. Under Gord’s guidance, RBC created a diversified business mix, becoming one of the world’s largest global financial institutions.

Mr. Nixon is Chair of the Board of BCE Inc. and Bell Canada. He is a Director and Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee at Blackrock, Inc. and is Lead Director of George Weston Limited. He sits on the Advisory Board of KingSett Canadian Real Estate Income Fund, L.P., is a Director of MaRS Discovery District, and a Trustee of the Art Gallery of Ontario. Gord has served as a director of a number of organizations in the arts, health care and education, and has chaired numerous events and fundraising campaigns including the United Way of Greater Toronto and the Queen’s University Capital Campaign.

Gord has received significant recognition, including being named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year, being on the Barron’s list of the World’s Best CEOs twice, and making Bloomberg’s list of the World’s 50 Most Influential People. He has been a leader in numerous institutional and community organizations, and a passionate champion of diversity and inclusion. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario and was inducted into the Canadian Business Hall of Fame.

Gord earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with Honours from Queen’s University and was awarded honorary Doctorate of Law degrees from Queen’s University and Dalhousie University.

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Gilles Ouellette

Gilles Ouellette
Chairman, BMO Asset Management Inc.

Gilles entered the investment industry in 1979 after three years teaching investment management at the University of Western Ontario and owning a small business. From 1979 to 1983, he built a successful career at Burns Fry Limited and then assumed progressively senior roles leading to his appointment as Executive Vice-President of Burns Fry Limited in 1993.

Following the 1994 merger of Nesbitt Thomson Inc. and Burns Fry Limited, Gilles was appointed Executive Vice-President, Private Client Division, and in 1997, he was named Director of the Private Client Division and Vice Chairman of Nesbitt Burns. In 2001 he was appointed Group Head of BMO Financial Group’s Wealth Management, leading the significant expansion of BMO’s wealth business, building its reputation for excellence, customer centricity and innovation. His leadership of BMO’s presence in China and the acquisition of U.K. money manager F&C Asset Management in 2014 speak to his passion for capturing emergent opportunities.

In 2015, Gilles was appointed Group Head, BMO Asset Management, and Vice-Chair, International, where he defined strategic goals to maximize customer and shareholder value for the bank and ensured the appropriate governance and risk management frameworks were well embedded to mitigate risk. Since 2019 he has served as Chairman of BMO Asset Management, leading the 10 boards in place across BMO’s asset management business, which offers investment products and solutions to institutional, retail and high net worth investors from more than 20 offices around the world.

Gilles has served on several influential boards in the financial industry and in his community, including the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, the C.D. Howe Institute, the Advisory Board of the Ivey Business School, and the Art Gallery of Ontario Foundation Board of Trustees.

Gilles holds an undergraduate degree and a Master of Business Administration from Western University.

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Posthumous Inductees


 

 

Peter Eby

Peter Eby
Former Vice Chairman, Nesbitt Burns Inc. (Posthumous)

After graduating from the University of California Berkeley, Peter took a job as a bond trader at Burns Bros. & Denton Ltd. He was quickly promoted up the ranks eventually becoming Managing Director. He helped to keep together the initially shaky merger between Burns Bros. and Fry, Mills & Spence – becoming Burns Fry Limited – and built the firm’s investment banking operation. Upon merging Burns Fry Limited with Nesbitt Thomson Inc., he became Vice- Chairman before semi-retiring in 1998. During his distinguished 37-year career, Peter mentored many of the current industry leaders. He always conducted himself with integrity, intelligence and graciousness. His unrivalled skills in deal-making, investment banking and corporate advisory earned the respect of colleagues and competitors.

Peter continued to be active as a corporate advisor, serving as a director of George Weston Ltd., Leon’s Furniture Ltd., and TD Asset Management USA Funds, Inc. He was past chair of the Olympic Trust of Canada and the Upper Canada College Foundation; past governor of the Toronto Stock Exchange and Upper Canada College; and the director of the AARC (Arthritis) Foundation and the Ontario Society of Crippled Children. His accomplishments, his service to his communities and his reputation were at the highest possible level.

Born in Toronto, Peter attended Upper Canada College and later the University of Toronto where he excelled at athletics, particularly football and hockey. He went on to earn his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

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C. Warren Goldring

C. Warren Goldring
Co-founder, Former Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, AGF Management Ltd. (Posthumous)

Warren became one of the founding fathers of the Canadian mutual fund industry through the launch of the American Growth Fund (AGF), the first U.S. equity fund for Canadians. It was a revolutionary step for the investment industry, and through his vision and leadership saw AGF Management Ltd. become one of Canada’s premier investment management firms. Prior to co- founding AGF, he spent 16 years at the brokerage firm, Fry & Co., and started his career at Sun Life Assurance Company.

Warren served as President of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts. He was a member of the Attorney General’s committee on securities legislation in 1965, which paved the way for the securities regulations we have today. He also served as the President of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada from 1974 to 1976.

Warren’s life was characterized by his dedication to civic leadership and giving back to the community. He was an ardent supporter of education, the environment and his community. He was the founding director of Operation Dialogue, a charitable organization designed to foster passionate discussion among Canadians about our identity. His keen interest in national issues led to the sponsorship of the Goldring Chair in Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto, his support of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, and the C. Warren Goldring Annual Lecture on Canada-U.S. Relations. Along with his family, he made significant contributions to support organizations such the University of Toronto, WWF-Canada, and the United Way. A man of great integrity and values, Warren enjoyed his role as a mentor to friends and family.

In 1998, he was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Canadian Investment Awards in recognition of his pioneering work and service to the industry. In 2002, he received the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year – Ontario Award, and the Golden Jubilee Medal of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1991, he won the esteemed Arbor Award from the University of Toronto.

Born in Toronto, Warren was a graduate of the University of Toronto and the London School of Economics. In 2003, he received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of Toronto. During his successful career, Warren also authored two books on investing.

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