Award Categories


Individual

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The Advocis Award for Young Achiever of the Year

 

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 January 1, 2018 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.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Must have been accredited as an advisor on or before January 1, 2018

  • Must be under 40 years old

  • Year over year growth in book volume and revenue contributions

  • Exemplary business development strategies to prospect and retain clients in innovative ways

  • Client retention & relationship strategies & how it sets the advisor apart from competition

 

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The Avenue Living Asset Management Award for Portfolio/Discretionary Manager of the Year

 

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).

 

Portfolio managers may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers and clients.

 

Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess a portfolio manager’s performance objectively.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Must be a portfolio/discretionary manager (in the advisor channel or the private discretionary division)

  • Must be compensated by clients (not a fund)

  • Year over year growth in book volume and revenue contributions

  • Exemplary business development strategies to prospect and retain clients in innovative ways

  • Client retention & relationship strategies & how it sets the advisor apart from competition

  • Value added to the brand represented

  • Results achieved by product offerings

 

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The Edward Jones Award for Excellence in Philanthropy and Community Service

 

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.

 

Advisors and advisory teams may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, partners, and clients.

 

Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from beneficiaries and advisory networks or those in a position to assess an advisory team or office objectively.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Major philanthropy and community service programs or initiatives over the last 12 months

    Link with broader corporate goals or strategies (i.e. company culture, employee engagement etc.)

    Impact on local, national or international causes or communities

    Contribution in $ CAD and/or in time figures

    Overall commitment to philanthropy and community service

    Testimonials from beneficiaries or partners

 

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The Harvest Portfolios Award For Female Trailblazer of the Year

 

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.

 

Advisors may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, clients, advisory heads and networks.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Open only to advisors

    Professional accomplishments over the last 5 years (e.g. business initiatives in which the nominee played a critical role, new business brought to the company, innovative ideas, etc.)

    Demonstrate promotion, influence and championing of women within the wealth management and financial planning industry

    Other relevant accolades and involvements (charitable work, accomplishments outside the industry, leadership or professional associations, etc.)

 

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The ICM Asset Management Award for Advisor of the Year – Alternative Investments
The IFSE Institute Award for Financial Literacy Champion

 

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 professional 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.

 

It can be in any format: classroom training, workshop, game, or mobile app. The goal should be to facilitate better outcomes for those participating.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Must be involved in a financial literacy initiative in any format

    Contribution to financial literacy initiative

    Commitment to lifelong learning by furthering their financial knowledge through formal education programs

 

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The Mandeville Private Client Award for Canadian Advisor of the Year

 

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.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Year over year growth in book volume and revenue contributions

  • Exemplary business development strategies to prospect and retain clients in innovative ways.

  • Client retention & relationship strategies & how it sets the advisor apart from competition

 

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The NEI Investments Award for Advisor of the Year - Responsible Investments
The Nour Private Wealth Award for Rising Star Advisor of the Year

 

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 January 1, 2018.

 

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.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Must have been accredited as an advisor on or after January 1, 2018

  • Year over year growth in book volume and revenue contributions

  • Exemplary business development strategies to prospect and retain clients in innovative ways

  • Client retention & relationship strategies & how it sets the advisor apart from competition

 

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The TMX Group Award for Best Active Manager – Exchange-Traded Derivatives

 

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.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Must be a portfolio/discretionary manager (in the advisor channel or the private discretionary division)

    Must be an advisor that has actively implemented Canadian exchanged-traded derivatives (options and/or) in their book of business in the last 12 months

    Use of derivatives to enhance the risk-adjusted returns of clients

    Commitment to the education of their clients on exchange-traded derivatives

    Year over year growth in book volume and revenue contributions

    Business development

    Overall client service and relationship management

 

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BDM/Wholesaler of the Year
CEO of the Year

 

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.

 

Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess the nominee’s performance objectively.

 

Nominees must be a CEO/President/equivalent of an advisory network, advisory firm, fund company, or service provider to advisors.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Demonstration of vision, leadership and engagement of workforce

  • Corporate growth, achievements, recognition, performance and positive financial results reflective of leadership

  • Commitment to corporate values (e.g. values, innovation, customer care, knowledge and education)

  • Commitment to the wealth management industry

  • Industry reputation

 

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ETF Champion of the Year

 

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.

 

Nominees may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, clients, and superiors.

 

Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess a nominee’s performance objectively.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Year-over-year advancement in implementing ETFs into practice, whether through innovation or new product launches

  • Efforts to innovate, promote & communicate the value of ETFs to their clients and industry

  • Exemplifying the impact of the individual and organization on the broader ETF industry in Canada

 

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Lifetime Achievement in the Financial Planning Industry

 

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.

 

There are no finalists for this category. Nominations will be evaluated by the WPA team. The recipient of this award will be contacted 3-4 weeks before the awards event and will be announced at the Wealth Professional Awards.

 

 

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Organizational

 

The AGF Award for Engagement, Loyalty and Client Care

 

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.

 

Advisory teams or offices may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, partners, and advisory network heads.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Client service proposition and approach

  • Commitment to product offerings, product knowledge and education

  • Innovation in service (i.e. customer communication, suite of product offerings, customer education and resources)

  • Reflection of client strategy in business success

 

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The Equitable Bank Award for Multi-Office Advisor Network/Brokerage of the Year

 

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.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Year over year AUM growth

  • Employee value proposition (business development support, marketing support, education, training, philanthropy)

  • Overall client service and relationship management

  • Growth strategy

  • Spirit of innovation with use of wealth technology and digital platforms/tools

  • Industry reputation

 

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The Franklin Templeton Award for Advisory Team of the Year (10 Staff or More)

 

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.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Year over year AUM growth

  • Employee value proposition (business development support, marketing support, education, training, philanthropy)

  • Overall client service and relationship management

  • Growth strategy

  • Spirit of innovation with use of wealth technology and digital platforms/tools

  • Industry reputation

 

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The CI Global Asset Management Award for Multi-Service Advisory Team of the Year

 

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.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Year over year growth in book volume and revenue contributions

  • Variety of products and services

  • Exemplary business development strategies to prospect and retain clients in innovative ways.

  • Client retention & relationship strategies & how it sets the advisor team apart from competition

 

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The CMI Mortgage Investments Award for Advisory Team of the Year (Fewer than 10 Staff)

 

This award recognizes the most outstanding advisory team or office Fewer than 10 staff (including full-time equivalents, advisors and support staff) that has displayed excellence over the last 12 months.

 

Advisory teams or offices may nominate themselves and the WPA team will also consider input from peers, partners, and clients.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Year over year AUM growth

  • Employee value proposition (business development support, marketing support, education, training, philanthropy)

  • Overall client service and relationship management

  • Growth strategy

  • Spirit of innovation with use of wealth technology and digital platforms/tools

  • Industry reputation

 

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Digital Innovator of the Year

 

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.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Overall use of digital platforms and wealth technology solutions in the last 12-18 months, demonstrating positive outcomes

  • Clear narrative demonstrating the needs identification process for implementation of the technology

  • Alignment of the use of the technology with the organization’s broader goals

  • Innovation in the types of technology used

  • Efficiencies and cost savings gained from use of technology

  • Evidence of return on investment and impact on staff engagement and performance

 

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Employer of Choice

 

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.

 

Nominations by employees, partners, peers, and clients are welcome.

 

Extra weight will be placed on nominations that come from those in a position to assess the brokerage objectively.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Must have greater than 50 employees within Canada and be in the wealth management industry.

  • Demonstrates unique employee value proposition (e.g. business development support, marketing support, education, training, philanthropy)

  • Defined workplace brand & culture to foster growth for employees

  • Innovative approach to employee recruitment, retention, talent management, learning & development, mitigating employer-related risks, managing changes within the business (i.e. digitalization, customer expectations, compliance)

  • Exemplary reputation within the industry

 

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Fund Provider of the Year

 

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.

 

Finalists will be invited to provide supporting documentation for submission to the WPA judging panel.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Effective client relationship management strategies and stakeholder engagement

  • Administration or technology solutions where strategic thinking, collaboration and excellence have made a key impact with advisors

  • Sustained effort and commitment to the advisor channel

  • Corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, and responsible investment (PRI) initiatives

 

The winner for this category will be determined by the WPA judging panel and the results of an online poll via Wealth Professional online.

 

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The WP Readers' Choice Award for Service Provider of the Year

 

This award acknowledges the contributions of a company or individual with a proven track record of providing financial advisors & offices with the superior service and assistance needed to perform their duties.

 

This award will be determined through nominations as well as an WP online poll of the most popular service providers of the year, servicing those working in the financial services industry.

 

When judging this category, the following criteria will be considered:

 

  • Must be a provider which services the wealth management industry & stakeholders

  • Demonstrates a unique value proposition and major strengths amongst competition

  • Provides exemplary service to assist financial professionals achieve their own objectives

  • Has consistently innovated and can show how they stayed ahead of the curve for the betterment of the industry

 

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