Denis Ricard, Chief operating officer, IA Financial

Denis Ricard of IA Financial is part of this year's Wealth Professional Canada's Hot List.

Denis Ricard, Chief operating officer, IA Financial

Chief operating officer

Last year was a milestone for iA Financial as it celebrated its 125th anniversary. The insurance and wealth management firm has come a long way in 125 years, and its expansion plans have really gathered pace in recent years. Its acquisition of HollisWealth, which closed last year, was one of the more notable deals in the advisor space recently, and there’s every indication there’s plenty more to come.

The firm is also active in its recruitment, appointing Denis Ricard as chief operating officer last November. Ricard has been charged with overseeing individual and group insurance operations in both Canada and the US, which currently account for more than three-quarters of iA’s total earnings.