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Top Wealth Advisors

Coming this fall:

We'll introduce the country’s best financial advisors

In uncertain times, Canadians need sound financial expertise from advisors with experience, insight and a proven record of success. But it’s not always easy to identify the great among the good.

That’s why The Globe and Mail has partnered with SHOOK Research – producer of the America’s Top Wealth Advisors ranking with Forbes – to launch the Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Wealth Advisors, a new annual list of the most effective and successful financial advisors in the country.

Together, we will identify the top advisors from coast to coast. Ranked advisors will receive editorial coverage in the November 2021 issue of Report on Business magazine and online, an invitation to an exclusive event and access to the 2021 Canada’s Top Wealth Advisors seal, among other benefits.

Applications for 2021 are now closed.


What is Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Wealth Advisors?

Canada’s Top Wealth Advisors is a new annual ranking program, produced by The Globe and Mail and SHOOK Research. Comprising proprietary research, editorial coverage and an event, it is meant to identify and celebrate the premier wealth advisors operating in Canada today.

Who is conducting the research?

The ranking parameters were developed jointly between The Globe and Mail and SHOOK Research. All research (surveys and interviews) will be conducted by SHOOK Research, following its proprietary methodology (details of which can be read here).

What are the eligibility requirements?

In order to qualify, a candidate must:

  • Have at least seven years of experience as an advisor;
  • Have a minimum one year at current firm, with exceptions (acquisitions, etc.);
  • Complete an online survey with SHOOK Research;
  • Have at least 50% of revenue/production with retail investors; and
  • Have an acceptable compliance record.

Who can be nominated?

We prefer for advisors to be recommended, and nominated, by their firms. That said, those nominated by clients or peers will also be considered.

How many winners will be chosen?

The total number of ranked advisors in 2021 will depend on several factors, including the volume and quality of nominations.

How are winners selected?

Winners are chosen based on several variables, including an application survey, due diligence telephone calls, interviews (virtual and/or in-person) and data verification.

Where and when will the winners be announced?

The full list of Canada’s Top Wealth Advisors 2021 winners, and related editorial coverage, will be published in the November 2021 issue of Report on Business magazine, out in print and online in late October 2021.

What is the Canada’s Top Wealth Advisor Summit?

The Canada’s Top Wealth Advisor Summit is an exclusive event meant to forge connections and celebrate excellence among 2021 winners. It is scheduled for November 8th, 2021. For sponsorship and/or agenda information, please e-mail

What is the deadline?

Nominations for the 2021 ranking are now closed.

How do I apply?

Nominations are now closed for the 2021 ranking. To be considered for future rankings, you may apply via SHOOK's website, following the steps below:

  • Visit
  • Click on Register (located at top right)
  • Create, or access, your SHOOKhub account
  • Once in SHOOKhub, select “Register for the Canadian ranking survey”
  • Complete the full survey, using recent numbers. (Data will be verified later in the process, by SHOOK.)
  • I have questions. Who do I contact?

    Please e-mail Report on Business research team at

    Advisory board

    In producing Canada's Top Wealth Advisors, The Globe and Mail and SHOOK Research gather feedback from senior leaders at Canada’s financial services companies. Our advisory board includes:

    BMO Nesbitt Burns

  • Andrew Auerbach, Executive Vice President, Head BMO Private Wealth (Canada & Asia)
  • Sandra Henderson, Senior Vice President, GTA, BMO Private Wealth
  • Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.

  • Matt Cicci, Senior Managing Director, Branch Manager
  • CI Assante Wealth Management

  • Sean Carswell, Vice-President Service & Support at CI Assante Wealth Management
  • Sean Etherington, President, CI Assante Wealth Management
  • CIBC

  • Wilma Ditchfield, Managing Director, CIBC Private Wealth Management and Wood Gundy - National Office
  • Ed Dodig, EVP and Head, CIBC Private Wealth Management and Wood Gundy, Canada
  • Mike Miller, Managing Director, Wealth Solutions & Toronto Region Head, Wood Gundy and Private Wealth Management
  • Harbourfront Wealth Management

  • Mark J. Pinto, President
  • Danny Popescu, CEO
  • Lynn Stibbard, CFO
  • IG Private Wealth Management

  • Tom Van Tighem, Senior Vice-President
  • Manulife Securities

  • Karrie Leblanc, Head of Advisor Programs
  • Richard McIntyre, Head of Sales
  • National Bank Financial Wealth Management

  • Jonathan Durocher, President
  • Simon Lemay, Senior Vice-President and National Manager
  • Nicola Wealth

  • John Nicola, Founder, Chairman and CEO
  • David Sung, President
  • Odlum Brown

  • Kim Abbott, CPCA – Vice President, Director, Sales and Business Development
  • Raymond James

  • Jamie Coulter, EVP, Head of Wealth Management
  • Scott Hudson, Senior Vice President, National Director, Wealth Management
  • Richardson Wealth Ltd.

  • Mike Ankers, Director, National Sales
  • Sarah Widmeyer, Director, Wealth Strategies
  • Scotiabank

  • Todd Barnes, Regional Director for Toronto/Ontario
  • TD Wealth

  • Dave Kelly, SVP & Head of Private Wealth Management & Financial Planning
  • Craig Meeds, Head of Private Investment Advice
  • Wellington-Altus Private Wealth

  • Jordy Chilcott, Executive Vice-President, Wealth Strategy & Enablement
  • Shaun Hauser, President & Founder
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