RIA Annual Report 2019
The RIA’s 2019 Annual Report summarizes the organization’s progress along its five strategic priorities for achieving the RIA’s overarching goal of driving the adoption of responsible investing (RI) in Canada’s retail and institutional markets.
- Membership – Our membership continues to grow across both organizational and individual segments. We finished 2019 with 271 individual members, up from 210 a year prior, and our organizational membership grew from 100 to 128 over the same period. Combined, our total membership grew from 310 to 399 during 2019 – a growth rate of 28.7%.
- Conference – Our annual conference is Canada’s flagship event on responsible investment, and we continue to convene ever-larger audiences. In 2019, we hosted a record 580 attendees at our conference in Montréal, up 31.8% from our previous record of 440 in Toronto a year earlier.
- Professional Development – At the end of 2018, we had granted a total of 336 designations to professionals in our RIAC, RIPC and RIS programs. By the end of 2019, this figure grew to 818, more than doubling our cumulative figure within one year. This growth is driven primarily by strong uptake of our Responsible Investment Specialist (RIS) program among retail advisors.