CEO of the Year
Lisa Langley, founder and CEO of Emerge Canada, has returned strongly to the Canadian investment scene, where she has been a well-known industry figure. It has been said that if it’s new and it’s difficult to do, then Lisa Langley is likely involved. Langley previously won awards for product innovation and advisory support. After 23 years in Toronto, she took a position abroad and then in the US. Ten years later, she is back in Toronto, and true to her legacy of leading with innovation. Langley made a splash this year, winning the CEO of the Year Award and receiving a nomination for ETF Champion of the Year as she continues to support the Canadian ETF landscape. Emerge started from scratch, assembled a small team of experts and hired ARK Invest as the subadvisor for its Emerge ARK ETFs. Against all odds, the Emerge team launched five ETFs simultaneously on July 29, 2019. Emerge identified a gap for truly actively managed, research-oriented innovation funds/ETFs. The Emerge team took a chance, knowing they would not be able to promote their performance for a year, knowing they had one shot at making an impression on the minds of advisors and investors. Before the one-year performance release, the world experienced a global pandemic and market crash. Emerge’s ETFs in disruptive technologies experienced a decline in this risk-off period. Still, they then began to lead the way out of the fog. For its first anniversary, Emerge was able to share the incredible performance. With the support of a fantastic team of business partners, the company accelerated its marketing message and began to gain traction in assets. Emerge jumped to the top of the leaderboard for performance and asset growth, expanding from approximately $15 million at the end of 2019 to $204 million by year-end – a tremendously successful team achievement and the proper way for Langley to return to Canada. Emerge continues to work towards launching new strategies to add value and provide support and service to the advisors who are the backbone of this industry.