RIA Annual Report 2020
The RIA’s 2020 Annual Report summarizes the organization’s progress along its five new 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 2020 with 360 individual members, up from 271 a year prior, and our organizational membership grew from 128 to 136 over the same period. Combined, our total membership grew from 399 to 496 during 2020 – a growth rate of 24.3%.
- Conference – Events are an important part of the RIA’s work, as they provide our Members with valuable opportunities for networking and learning. Our annual conference is Canada’s flagship event on responsible investment, and we continue to convene ever-larger audiences. The 2020 in-person conference was cancelled and replaced by the first-ever RIA Virtual Conference. We hosted a record 940 attendees at our 2020 Virtual Conference, up 62% from our previous record of 580 in Montréal a year earlier.
- Professional Development – At the end of 2019, we had granted a total of 897 credentials to professionals in our RIAC, RIPC and RIS programs. By the end of 2020, this figure grew to 1736, nearly 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.