iA Capital Markets is a division of iA Private Wealth Inc. and a part of iA Financial Group, one of the oldest and most respected financial institutions in Canada. Founded in 1892 and publicly traded since 2000, iA Financial Group has more than $180 billion in assets under management and administration and serves more than four million clients.
John’s primary goal is to lead a management team dedicated to ensuring superior outcomes for the capital raising, trading and wealth management needs of the firm’s institutional and retail clients.
He has extensive experience in the development and integration of business processes and tools, focusing on execution and client experience, as well as in providing trade execution, clearing and custody services to introducing brokers and independent portfolio management firms. Over the course of his more than 25 years in the industry, John has worked with various small- and mid-sized companies, helping them develop strategy, achieve operational efficiency and realize business objectives.
John was previously Senior Vice-President of Qtrade Financial Group, which provides wealth management services to the retail public and customers of hundreds of financial institutions. Prior to that, he was President and CEO of Penson Financial Services Canada, which was Canada’s largest clearing firm, providing trade execution, clearing, and back office services to over 100 corporate clients. John has also held management roles at TD Waterhouse Institutional Services.
John is a CFA charterholder and earned a B.A. in Economics from York University. He is a member of the board of directors at Invisor Financial Inc. and Forstrong Global Asset Management Inc.
David joined the firm in 2020, bringing over 30 years of industry experience. He is responsible for all Capital Markets functions across Equities, Fixed Income and FX, including Research, Sales & Trading, Investment Banking and Equity Capital Markets, as well as coverage on major clients.
David has held key leadership roles at several organizations. Before joining iA Capital Markets, he was Vice-Chairman of Echelon Wealth Partners, where he helped manage the firm’s growing investment banking division. Prior to Echelon, David was a founder and Vice-Chairman of Dundee Securities, where he managed the firm’s investment banking and capital markets activities for more than 15 years. During this period, he was directly responsible for managing more than $18 billion of equity financing, focused primarily in the resource and real estate sectors, and for initiating approximately 50 significant M&A initiatives involving both domestic and international organizations and investors. In addition, David helped launch a number of structured products that have provided attractive returns for participating retail investors.
David began his financial career with the National Energy Board of Canada in Ottawa. He later joined Amoco Production Company and held progressively senior positions in the organization’s Calgary, Houston and Chicago offices, during which he played key roles in the company’s global M&A division. Following the sale of Amoco to BP Petroleum, David returned to Canada as an investment banker with Midland Doherty.
David earned a B.A. (Economics) and MBA from the University of Manitoba, and has held a number of board and audit committee positions with NYSE- and TSX-listed companies.
Neil joined iA Capital Markets in 2012 as a Special Situations Analyst and is now Head of Research, while maintaining coverage on some Consumer Products and Industrials companies.
He started his 20+ year career in equity research in 1999 at National Bank Financial, with a subsequent seven year stint at Versant Partners, and two years in merchant banking and corporate consulting, before joining iA. He has been ranked in both the Brendan Wood survey and the StarMine Analyst Awards for his stock picking and investment ideas.
Neil holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Concordia University. He is a CFA charterholder.
Richard joined the firm in 2013 and has almost 30 years of capital markets experience. He is responsible for overseeing the firm’s retail and institutional traders, including the equity liability trading team. He is also responsible for ensuring that the firm has the most up-to-date trading systems and a full suite of leading-edge algorithms.
Prior to joining iA Capital Markets, Richard held progressively senior roles at a number of full-service and boutique brokerage firms, including Mackie Research Capital Corporation, Stonecap Securities, Westwind Partners and TD Securities.
Richard studied business administration and management at St. Lawrence College.
Mike joined the firm in 2018, bringing 30 years of experience in capital markets.
Prior to joining iA Capital Markets, Mike was founder and CEO of health care- and technology-focused securities firm Versant Partners (sold to U.S.-based Cantor Fitzgerald in 2012). Prior to founding Versant Partners, Mike was a top-rated biotech analyst.
Mike has completed a wide range of industry courses and is securities licensed in both Canada and the U.S.
Vilma is an accomplished senior capital markets professional with extensive experience in public and private equity financing, issuer and institutional investor relations, and collaborating with institutional sales, trading and research, as well as wealth management advisors.
She has an exceptional track record in the capital markets arena that spans more than 25 years, completing over 2,000 new issues through a variety of syndicates ranging from $2 million to $1.6 billion and raising over $115 billion in the Canadian marketplace.
Vilma graduated from Ryerson University with a business diploma and has completed the Technical Analysis course with Honors at the Canadian Securities Institute. In 2017, she was nominated for the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Canada’s Top 100 Women, Corporate Executives Award.
With over 15 years at iA Capital Markets, Pierre-François currently serves as head of the syndication department and sits on the iA Wealth Management product approval committee. He previously oversaw the retail trading desk and advisor services, and was a branch manager for three years.
Prior to joining iA Capital Markets, Pierre-François was a financial advisor with another Canadian dealer and a licensed insurance representative. Before joining the securities industry, he owned and operated a marketing company in Chile, South America.
Pierre-François completed a Bachelor’s degree in finance at Laval University and holds the Derivative Market Specialist designation from the Canadian Securities Institute.
Yves joined the firm in 2012 and has over 30 years of experience in capital markets. As head of the bond desk, he oversees a team of traders and is responsible for ensuring that the desk adheres to its risk parameters and compliance requirements. Yves is also responsible for advising senior management on all matters relating to the desk’s activities.
In addition to his managerial role, Yves actively trades bonds for institutional clients and internal retail advisors across a variety of sectors, including REITs, oil and gas, telecommunications, infrastructure and retail.
Before joining iA Capital Markets, Yves spent 10 years as head of the fixed income division at Penson Financial Services. Prior to that, he was an accountant and bond trader at a boutique firm based in Montreal.
Yves studied accounting at the University of Montreal.
Pierre has over 30 years of industry experience and is a recognized authority in OTC interest rate and currency derivatives.
Prior to joining iA Capital Markets, Pierre played a leading role in establishing the foreign exchange department at Echelon Wealth Partners. He previously held senior roles at BMO Capital Markets, where he was responsible for debt origination; National Bank Financial and CIBC World Markets, where he helped develop the interest rate and currency derivatives desks; and Desjardins, where he served as Vice-President of Business Development.
Pierre holds an MBA in Finance from HEC Montréal.