Meet the 2021 RIA Leadership Awards Judges!

March 25th, 2021

We’re pleased to announce the judges of the 2021 RIA Leadership Awards! The Awards will recognize the outstanding contributions of our members to responsible investment in Canada.

The panel of judges is composed of experts from across the industry including financial advisors, consultants, asset managers, asset owners, journalists, and academics.

Meet the Judges

Amr Addas Adjunct Professor and Director of the Van Berkom Investment Management Program, John Molson School of Business, Concordia University

Amr Addas is an Adjunct Professor and Director of the Van Berkom Investment Management Program and Van Berkom Small Cap Case Competition at the John Molson School of Business, Concordia University. He leads Concordia’s Sustainable Investing Practicum in collaboration with Manulife. Learn More

Patti Dolan – Portfolio Manager, Mission Wealth Advisors of Raymond James Ltd.

Patti Dolan is portfolio manager with Mission Wealth Advisors of Raymond James Ltd., based in Calgary. Patti has been in the investment industry for over 30 years and has practiced Responsible Investing (RI) since 1995. Learn More

Pablo Fuchs – Globe Advisor Editor, The Globe and Mail

Pablo Fuchs is editor of Globe Advisor at The Globe and Mail, a position he has held since January 2019. He oversees the editorial direction and manages the production of daily content for the Globe’s direct-to-advisor offering. Learn More

Christian Hansen – Compliance and Revenue Manager, The Real Estate Foundation of BC

Christian has worked for the past 11 years at the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia where he oversees the revenue streams and investments of the Foundation. Learn More

Emily Lawrence – Director, Sustainable Investing, Northern Trust Asset Management

Emily Lawrence is Director of Sustainable Investing at Northern Trust Asset Management where she is responsible for client engagement and partnership regarding Northern Trusts’ sustainable investing capabilities. Learn More

Michelle McCulloch – Director, Research Products, Sustainalytics

Michelle leads the Thematic Research Team within Research Products at Sustainalytics and is also a leader on the Enhanced Research Team. She has been a sector manager leading both the Financials research team and the Extractives research team. Learn More

Jean-Philippe Renaut – CEO, Aequo

Jean-Philippe Renaut joined Æquo in 2016 and a year later became its CEO. He is responsible for client relations, business development and operations, and leads specific dialogues with companies on behalf of Æquo’s clients. Learn More

Mark Sevestre President, National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association

In 2006, Mark became one of three founding members of the National Aboriginal Trust Officers Association. Serving in several roles, including Board Member, Committee Chairman and President, Mark is currently serving as Founder and Senior Advisor to NATOA. Learn More

Melissa Shin Editorial Director, Advisor’s Edge and Investment Executive

Melissa Shin is the Editorial Director at Advisor’s Edge and Investment Executive with Newcom Media Inc. As an award-winning journalist and the editorial director of four national financial services publications, Melissa turns technical subject matter into accessible content for sophisticated audiences. Learn More

Sarah Takaki – Senior Director, Sustainable Investing, Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)

Sarah Takaki is the Senior Director, Sustainable Investing at the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), where she leads the Sustainable Investing program. Learn More

Stephen Whipp Director of Responsible Asset Management, Leede Jones Gable Inc.

Stephen Whipp is an activist and a passionate guy. He believes that individuals working together really can change the world for the better. With a background in journalism and non-profit management that includes aboriginal governance, and more than 20 years as a successful investment advisor, Steve brings a potent combination of experience, knowledge and connections to the table. Learn More