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Wealth Professional Awards 2020


Nomination closes on 25 February 2020


This award recognizes the outstanding advertising campaign directed to advisors and wealth professionals.

This award recognizes the advisor who has displayed excellence over the last 12 months in socially responsible investment. Advisors may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, clients, advisory heads and networks. Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess an advisor’s performance objectively.

This award recognizes the most outstanding advisory team or office with fewer than 10 staff (including full-time equivalents, advisors and support staff) that has displayed excellence over the last 12 months. Eligible nominees are IIROC and IC advisory teams and independent offices/branches.

 

BDMs are essential in the fund/advisor relationship. This award recognizes the lender BDM/wholesaler who has displayed excellence over the past 12-18 months, offers superior service to advisors. BDMs may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also review nominations from peers and clients. Considerable weight will be placed on nominations that come directly from the advisory and financial planning community.

This award goes to the CEO that has demonstrated exceptional leadership over the last 12 months, bringing their organization to a new level of growth and success and stimulating the wealth management industry.

This Award is given to the advisory team, firm, office or network that has best harnessed technology and digital solutions to improve their business, aid their advisors, and leverage overall client experience over the last 12-18 months. This category looks at the organization’s use of wealth technology and digital platform/solution/resource/software/s such as (but not limited to) CRM, digital marketing, mobile technology, electronic document management, connectivity platforms, and collaboration tools. Service/solution providers are not eligible nominees in this category as this is a category for advisory teams or offices using the service/solution/tool/s.

Advisory teams, offices and networks may nominate themselves. Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess an advisory team’s or office’s use of technology and innovation.

This award recognizes a multi-office advisor network, brokerage, or fund provider's commitment to building a workplace that recognizes excellence and supports career growth for all. This award recognizes the company that has earned the reputation to be called an employer of choice within the wealth management and financial planning industry.

 

This award recognizes the wealth professional whose efforts have gone beyond the requirements of their position to advance the ETF industry in Canada over the last 12 months.

Eligible nominees are wealth professionals in the ETF industry (not limited to advisors) actively implementing ETFs in their book of business or practice in the last 12 months.

This award recognizes the advisor or advisory team whose outstanding contribution of time, leadership and financial support over a sustained period of time, beyond normal expectations, has made significant impacts in the receiving causes or communities.

This award recognizes the outstanding female trailblazer in the wealth management and financial planning industry whose astounding personal and professional achievements have earned them a place among the industry’s best.

 

This award recognizes the advisor who has displayed excellence over the last 12 months in global investments and emerging market investments to enhance risk-adjusted returns of clients. Advisors may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, clients, advisory heads and networks. Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess an advisor’s performance objectively.

This award recognizes the most outstanding advisory network or brokerage that has displayed excellence over the last 12 months.

Networks or brokerages may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from partners, peers and clients. Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from advisors and those in a position to assess the network or brokerage objectively.

This award recognizes the advisory team that has best displayed excellence over the last 12 months offering a full suite of services including but not limited to insurance, succession consulting, investments, tax and estate planning, mortgage, retirement. Advisors may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, clients, advisory heads and networks. Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess an advisory team’s performance objectively.

 

Industry services play an extremely important role within the wealth management industry. This award recognizes the service provider that adds the most value to the business of advisors, allows advisors to maximize their business and help investors achieve their goals. Eligible service providers include but are not limited to software and technology, legal, compliance, training and education catered to financial advisors.

Client care and service are an incredibly important measure of any advisory team’s or office’s long-term sustainability and success. This award recognizes the advisory team or office that has displayed excellence over the last 12 months in maintaining consistent and sustainable customer service standards. Eligible nominees are IIROC and IC advisory teams and independent offices/branches.

This award recognizes the most outstanding portfolio manager in Canada who has displayed excellence over the last 12 months. Eligible nominees are portfolio/discretionary managers (in the advisor channel or the private discretionary division), compensated by clients (not a fund).

This award recognizes the outstanding fund company that consistently delivered superior advisor service while pushing the boundaries with innovation and industry best practices over the last 12 months.

 

Fund companies may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from partners and clients. Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from advisors and advisory networks those in a position to assess a fund company objectively.

This award recognizes the most outstanding advisory team or office with 10 staff or more (including full-time equivalents, advisors and support staff) that has displayed excellence over the last 12 months. Eligible nominees are IIROC and IC advisory teams and independent offices/branches.

This award recognizes the advisor who has displayed excellence over the last 12 months in alternative solutions, namely investments in asset classes other than stocks, bonds and cash, featuring low correlations to traditional asset classes. Alternative solutions may include equity or fixed income mutual funds using alternative strategies, infrastructure, commodities, hedge funds, private equity and structured products.

The goal of financial literacy is to empower Canadians with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to make informed financial decisions.

This award will recognize a truly exceptional financial advisor who has demonstrated leadership and commitment to bettering the lives of individuals and families by promoting financial literacy and actively working to educate members of their community. Nominees should be involved in a financial literacy initiative that engages their audience and inspires them to take positive action towards their own financial well-being. This individual commits their time, financial support, and/or resources to improving the lives of Canadians through educating adults, seniors, or children.

This is the highest honour and most coveted award at the Wealth Professional Awards. This award recognizes and celebrates a leading figure who has contributed much to the advancement of the wealth management and financial planning industry in Canada. Though there are no defined parameters, this award will acknowledge someone with an established history and reputation of distinguished service to the wealth management and financial planning profession and who has exhibited leadership and provided inspiration to others in the sector and own workplace, whilst putting the interests of the industry at the top of their priorities throughout their career.

This award is one of the highest accolades offered to an individual in the wealth management and financial planning industry. This award recognizes the most outstanding advisor in Canada, coming from an advisory firm or team, regardless of business size and model. Advisors may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, clients, advisory heads and networks. Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess an advisor’s performance objectively.

This award recognizes the advisor who has displayed excellence in their first three years as an advisor. To be eligible, nominees must have been accredited as an advisor on or after 1 January 2016. Advisors may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also review nominations from peers and clients. Considerable weight will be placed on nominations that come directly from the nominee’s superiors, advisory heads and networks.

This award recognizes the advisor who has displayed excellence and actively implemented Canadian exchanged-traded derivatives in their book of business over the last 12 months.

Advisors may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, clients, advisory heads and networks. Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess an advisor’s performance objectively.

This award recognizes the young advisor who has displayed excellence with more than three years of experience as an advisor. To be eligible, nominees must have been accredited as an advisor on or before 1 January 2016 and must be under 40 years old. Advisors may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also review nominations from peers and clients. Considerable weight will be placed on nominations that come directly from the nominee’s superiors, advisory heads and networks.