Daniel Collison is the Managing Partner with financial education firm Advice2Advisors, which trains, mentors and coaches financial advisors of all tenures. Dan spent the first 10 years of his career as a financial planner, ultimately, moving into managerial roles within the industry.
Dan has degrees in history and political science from York University, has the Certified Financial Planner designation (CFP), is a Member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (TEP), and is a member of the Financial Therapy Association (FTA).
Dan regularly presents webinars, workshops and seminars on marketing, prospecting and planning topics to financial services firms, and has been interviewed over 100 times by Financial Post, Globe & Mail, The Toronto Star, Macleans Magazine, BNN TV, CP 24, Rogers Cable, CFTR News, Investment Executive and StayPaid Podcast. He was a keynote speaker at Knowledge Bureau’s Distinguished Advisor Conference in 2017, 2018 and again in 2019.
Dan is a Board Member of the FP Foundation and Chair of its Research Committee. He has taught Personal Financial Management, in the MBA Program, at Schulich School of Business, York University, since 1998. Dan is the author of The Financial Advisor’s Guide to Excellence, Carswell, 2015 (rated one of the “10 Books Financial Advisors Need to Read in 2019”, by ReminderMedia).
Advisor Practice Management
Grant Hicks, CIM, is a practice management expert and is President of Advisor Practice Management. www.advisorpracticemanagement.com Grant has written 3 books and is a keynote speaker at conferences and workshops for financial advisors. He has spoken for major financial institutions in Canada, United States and Asia. He coaches individual financial advisors and teams on perfecting practice management processes for ideal clients, prospects and centres of influence. Grants combined financial advisor clients manage over 4 billion AUM , and earn over $40 million dollars combined! Grant played professional hockey in Europe before starting in the financial industry.
Founder, President & CEO
Bodhi Research Group
Dr. Ranjan Bhaduri is the Founder & CEO of Bodhi Research Group. Bodhi Research Group assists pensions, endowments, sovereign wealth funds, family offices, and institutional investors with regards to alternative investments.
Dr. Bhaduri is recognized globally as an authority in alternative investments. Dr. Bhaduri has worked closely with many pensions, sovereign wealth funds, and family offices on a variety of portfolio matters.
Dr. Bhaduri had previously been part of an investment committee at Morgan Stanley, where he had conducted investment due diligence and helped design customized portfolios of alternatives. Dr. Bhaduri also has extensive experience with managed account platforms, including structuring and negotiations.
Dr. Bhaduri has is also a gifted educator who has guest lectured at many top universities and published several papers in industry and academic journals. Dr. Bhaduri has lectured for the Montreal Exchange on Derivatives. Dr. Bhaduri was invited by the CME to be part of a special delegation that met with regulators in Beijing and Taipei to discuss hedge fund issues. Dr. Bhaduri has held an advisory role at the East-West Center, a leading think tank on the Asia-Pacific region. He has been invited to speak in conferences internationally on advanced techniques in portfolio and risk management. Dr. Bhaduri holds both the CFA and CAIA designations.
Vice President, Head of Responsible Investing at Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO)
Board Director of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Investment Management Trust
Hyewon Kong is a vice president and Head of Responsible Investing at the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario (IMCO), which manages over $70bn of Ontario public-sector pension funds, where she leads environmental, social and governance (ESG) and sustainable investing strategies across all asset classes. With over 20 years of experience in both corporate and investment management in Asia, Europe and North America, Hyewon has been an ambassador of sustainable investing as an experienced portfolio manager and a subject matter expert on ESG. Hyewon serves on the Board of Directors of the University of British Columbia (UBC) Investment Management Trust and on the Environmental Finance Advisory Committee at the University of Toronto. She also lectures on environmental finance and sustainable and impact investment courses. She co-founded and co-chairs Canadian Responsible Investment Working Group and has been named as Canada’s 2020 Clean 50 leaders for creating broad collaborations in the Canadian financial industry to drive a sustainability agenda.
Canadian ETF Association
Pat has her own consulting business and is currently the Executive Director of the Canadian ETF Association, which was the first ETF Association in the world.
She has spent over 35 years in the Financial Services industry as a client and relationship-focused executive with an in-depth background in all aspects of the industry.
She has been and continues to be an active member on many industry committees including those at CCMA, IFIC and Fundserv and Women in ETFs.
Pat is also actively involved in her community as the Immediate past Board Chair at Community Living Dufferin, Board Member at Prosper Canada and Board member at QCC. She is also advisor for Exemplar Companies and ConvergX.
President and CEO
Tashia Batstone is President and CEO of FP Canada, the leading body for the financial planning profession. Previously, Ms. Batstone held senior leadership positions within the CPA profession and played a significant role in the unification of the accounting profession. She serves on multiple not-for-profit boards.
Managing Director, Head of Canada
Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA)
Claire Van Wyk-Allan joined AIMA in 2018 as Director, Head of Canada with over 10 years of professional experience in the retail advisor channel in both territory sales and team management.
Prior to joining AIMA, Claire was a Business Development Manager, Advisor Channel Sales at RBC Global Asset Management (RBC GAM), where she covered GTA West and was awarded for Top BDM activity in 2016.
Previously, she was the Manager, Sales Support at RBC GAM, where she managed a team of Sales Coordinators across Canada. Claire began her career at Arrow Capital, where she spent almost four years as Regional Manager, covering advisors across Ontario.
Having served on the AIMA Canada Executive Committee for almost four years, Claire has also served as Executive Liaison for the Sales Practices Committee and previously, as Co-Chair for the Events Committee.
She has also been a two-time Co-Chair for Help for Children’s Hedge Funds Care (Help For Children) Canada Gala. Claire graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies, specialising in Finance, and is a CAIA Charterholder.
President and General Counsel
Gerry Fields is the President and General Counsel of CORNERSTONE GROUP. Gerry is a member of the Law Society of Ontario where he has contributed as a guest lecturer and as a mentor. Gerry was formerly appointed as the General Counsel for Canada and the United States for the FIDINAM Group of Companies headquartered in Switzerland.
Gerry obtained his Partners, Directors and Senior Officers Qualifying Certificate in the securities industry. He was the President and Chief Compliance Officer of a Securities Dealer with a membership on the Montreal Exchange and subsequently was the President and Chief Compliance Officer of a Limited Market Dealer and an Exempt Market Dealer.
Gerry formerly served as the Senior Securities Counsel for a downtown Toronto law firm. Gerry graduated with distinction from Concordia University in Montreal and earned a Bachelor of Laws Degree and Juris Doctor Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.
For more than forty years Gerry has headed up a Single-Family Office and has organized and chaired international programs on family offices, private equity, corporate finance, investment and wealth management topics. Gerry also serves as a Mediator and an Arbitrator. He has authored numerous publications and is active in many industry, trade and professional associations including the Toronto Lawyers Association; American Bar Association; Hedge Fund Association (New York); Alternative Investment Management Association (AIMA) – current – Legal, Finance and Compliance Committee, Institutional Investor Engagement Committee, Global Investment Peer Group (IPG), AIMA Global Customer Due Diligence Guide (2022); CFA Society Toronto (formerly, Toronto Chartered Financial Analysts Society) and Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) where Gerry has served as a Judge and as a Lead Judge for the last twenty-two years. Gerry is currently an active Committee Member of a preeminent global investment management firm.
President and CEO
Greg Pollock is the President and CEO of Advocis, The Financial Advisors Association of Canada. He is responsible for providing effective strategic leadership and direction and oversees all aspects of Advocis’s day-to-day activities. Greg is also the Chief Operating Officer of The Institute, the leading designation body in Canada for financial services practitioners in the areas of wealth transfer, estate planning and living benefits.
Greg was recognized by Wealth Professional Canada Magazine as one of the top 50 leaders of 2021 who helped the wealth management industry navigate a challenging year and was recently appointed to the Financial Services Regulatory Authority of Ontario (FSRA)’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee for Financial Planners and Financial Advisors.
Co-Founder & Partner
Canadian Association of Alternative Strategies & Assets (CAASA)
James co-founded CAASA in response to industry support for a Canadian alternatives association to serve all aspects including: hedge / alternative strategies; private lending; private real estate; private equity; plus emerging areas where Canada is a leader such as digital assets / blockchain and robo-advisors. Membership is now at 252 and includes pension plans, family offices, asset managers, broker-dealers, consultants, service providers and start-up founders.
Prior to CAASA, James was the Chief Operating Officer of AIMA Canada where his team of three worked with 12 committees to produce 50-60 events per annum across Canada, organized 100+ committee meetings, and increase member numbers over his 7-year tenue from 66 to 164 corporate entities.
James currently sits on the Canadian Investment Funds Standards Committee (CIFSC), which categorizes mutual funds and alternative mutual funds (aka liquid alternatives) for the retail space in Canada. He is also called upon by membership and industry groups to speak to risk ratings and portfolio placement of all types of alternative investments.
James also has experience in research and writing for the CAIA Association (holding the designation since 2006) as well as serving on CAIA’s exam council and as a grader for the Level II portion of the exam. He had roles in institutional sales and FoHF structuring in Seoul, South Korea, as a Product Manager at ICICI Wealth Management, and as an Investment Advisor at RBC Dominion Securities. James graduated from Simon Fraser University with a BBA (Finance).
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