As one of Canada’s leading litigation lawyers, Ellen Bessner is used to being judged, but now the shoe will be on the other foot.
Bessner will make up part of the judging panel for the WP Awards, which will be announced on XX.
“My years of experience representing advisors and dealers give me a deep knowledge and understanding of what it takes to be an effective advisor,” said Bessner.
Chris Polson, Vice President global advisory firm Duff & Phelps Ltd., Sean Cleary, BMO Professor of Finance at Queens University, Robbie Wildman a retired advisor and past president of Advocis, and Greg Pollock, president of Advocis make up the rest of the judging panel.
Bessner’s practice focuses on acting for corporations and individuals in commercial litigation, regulatory defence, professional liability, securities class action proceedings, and employment disputes.
With CRM2 set to take hold in the industry soon, Bessner has a unique perspective to offer as she’s developed comprehensive programs to assist individual advisors, agents and dealing representatives, their teams and branches to improve their processes and reduce litigation and regulatory risk.
Bessner has developed a special niche representing public issuers, investment dealers, exempt market dealers and dealing representatives, mutual fund dealers, Portfolio Managers, compliance officers, branch managers/supervisors, and advisors in Ontario courts of all levels and at various regulatory tribunals, including FSCO, MFDA, IIROC and securities commissions across Canada.
Bessner is also a well-respected author, with her book, Advisor at Risk, a Roadmap to Protecting Your Business
considered a leading risk-reduction tool in the area.