Media Advisory - Investment funds industry gathers for 28th annual IFIC Leadership Conference

Exploring Trends. Embracing Opportunities.

TORONTO, Sept. 16, 2015 /CNW/ -

What:  Canada's pre-eminent networking and information event for the investment funds industry, with influential industry leaders, senior regulators and experts from Canada and abroad. 

Why:   Important and timely industry themes will include: emerging business trends and opportunities; industry CEO priorities; international regulatory developments; global security and geopolitics; Canada's evolving regulatory landscape; enhancing the investor experience; helping advisors prepare for changing client demographics (seniors and Millennials); international and local developments in tax and accounting.


Wednesday, October 1, 2015

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. – Registration and breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. – Sessions

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Closing reception


The Carlu, 444 Yonge Street, Toronto


International industry insiders:

Jonathan Lipkin, The Investment Association (U.K.)

Susan Olson, ICI Global (U.S.)                                                                                   

+ one additional panelist to be announced

Canadian funds industry business leaders:

John Adams, IFIC Board Chair and President & CEO, PFSL Investments

Sian Burgess, Fidelity Investments Canada

Jordy Chilcott, Scotiabank GAM and Dynamic Funds

Jonathan Durocher, National Bank Investments

Paul Lorentz, Manulife Investments

Carol Lynde, Bridgehouse Asset Managers

David Scandiffio, CIBC Asset Management

Joanne De Laurentiis, IFIC

Leading researchers on seniors and Millennials:

David MacDonald, Environics

Dr. Daniel Marson, University of Alabama, Division of neuropsychology

Dr. Ed Weinstein, Brondesbury Group

Special guest speakers:

Admiral James Stavridis, USN (Ret.)

The Honourable Charles Sousa, Minister of Finance (Ontario)

Plus: leading experts from the legal and accounting communities, and senior representatives from the OSC, MFDA and IIROC.

Conference moderator: Preet Banerjee, Personal Finance Expert

For detailed session descriptions, click here.

For the full list of speakers, click here.

About the Audience: About 300 key executives from across the industry: CEOs, presidents, SVPs. Mutual fund managers and dealers. Financial planners and advisors. Compliance officers, financial officers. Suppliers and affiliates. Staff of national organizations and regulatory agencies.

About IFIC:
The Investment Funds Institute of Canada is the voice of Canada's investment funds industry. IFIC brings together 150 organizations, including fund managers, distributors and industry service organizations, to foster a strong, stable investment sector where investors can realize their financial goals. By connecting Canada's savers to Canada's economy, our industry contributes significantly to Canadian economic growth and job creation. The organization is proud to have served Canada's mutual funds industry and its investors for more than 50 years.

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SOURCE The Investment Funds Institute of Canada

For further information: For media registration and to pre-arrange speaker interviews: Sara Clodman (; 416-309-2317); or Andrew Perez (; 416-309-2313)


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