IIAC Top Under 40 Award


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The IIAC Top Under 40 Award recognizes and celebrates the new generation of highly motivated and talented young professionals whose drive, dedication and personal and professional qualities and accomplishments have brought distinction to the investment/financial industry.

This year’s recipient will be celebrated at the IIAC Top Under 40 Judges’ Luncheon on October 25, 2018 and held at the Delta Hotel, Lower Simcoe, in Toronto and will be also recognized later that evening at the IIAC Investment Industry Hall of Fame Gala Dinner, held at the same venue.  The recipient will also be awarded a mentorship opportunity with a top industry leader in association with the Smarten Up Institute’s Mentor Program and be offered an individualized course of their choosing with the Smarten Up Institute in Toronto, or a course at a partner University or College.


Award Criteria

The nominee must have brought distinction to the investment/financial industry and/or have demonstrated excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  1. Career Accomplishments
    – Excellence in any career position, other professional/academic achievements, etc.
  2. Commitment to Canada’s financial industry

    – Involvement in one’s company events, workshops, etc.
    – Involvement with other professional bodies or business-related organizations
    – Promotion of the profession: communications (speaking, writing, media), recruiting students in the profession, etc.

  3. Commitment to Education

    – Promotion of continuing applied education in order to bridge knowledge gaps within the industry
    – Teaching, mentoring, coaching, etc.

  4. Community Service and Involvement

    – Charitable community work, service to the profession and other business groups

To qualify as a nominee, the individual must be a full-time employee of an IIAC Member firm, must be under the age of 40 as of December 31st of the prior year, and must not be a previous recipient of the award.

For a list of IIAC Member Firms and Affiliate Firms, please click here

Judging Committee

An independent committee will approve and adjudicate nominations for the IIAC Top Under 40 Award.

Members of the Committee are not eligible to be nominated or submit nominations. 

Nomination Procedure 

Any member of the public may nominate an employee of an IIAC Member Firm or Affiliate firm by completing an online nomination form.

Past nominees are eligible provided that they are still under the age of 40 as of December 31, 2017.

Call for 2018 Nominations closes on 5:00 p.m. ET, on Friday, 30 June 2018.


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 The 2017 IIAC Top Under 40 Award Nominees were featured in the Investment Executive. To see the full-page advertisement, click here.

The 2017 Winner of the IIAC Top Under 40 Award was featured in the October 2017 issue of Investment Executive. To see the advertisement, click here.