Echelon Wealth Partners names Joe Oliver as chairman

first_img TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PenderFund names new SVP for investments IE Staff Related news Facebook LinkedIn Twitter As chairman, Oliver will take a leadership role in addressing the issues of independent financial services firms, including regulatory policy, emerging-market and industry trends, technological innovation, as well as the deepening challenge of capital formation for small- and mid-cap Canadian innovation companies. Oliver will also be involved in client relationship activities and represent the firm at industry events. “We are absolutely delighted that someone of Mr. Oliver’s scope and depth of knowledge, wisdom and experience has chosen to join our firm,” says David Cusson, CEO of Echelon, which has approximately 100 advisors and portfolio managers representing 70 teams with more than $4 billion in assets under administration and management, in a statement. “With Joe aboard, we will have a strong voice representing the value of robust independent investment firms in Canadian capital markets.” “This is an exciting opportunity to work with experienced professionals dedicated to growing an independent investment firm that serves both the investing public and the innovative companies in Canada seeking capital and advice,” Oliver adds in a statement. During his career in the financial services sector, Oliver served as president and CEO of the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA), was founding president and CEO of the Mutual Fund Dealers Association, chairman of the International Securities Commissions’ consultative committee and served as executive director of the Ontario Securities Commission. He held senior positions in investment banking operations at Merrill Lynch Royal Securities, Nesbitt Thomson, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and First Marathon Securities. Deacon, Echelon’s founding chairman, is stepping back for health reasons but will remain involved with the firm. He has spent more than 30 years with private and public companies in Canada and internationally as a director or an officer. His former industry roles include: chairman of the IDA, governor of the Canadian Investor Protection Fund and a member of the Toronto Stock Exchange’s listings committee. “The success of Echelon is becoming very apparent to many in our industry and it was important to set the bar high in finding a successor,” Deacon says in a statement. “David Cusson and I agreed that that there was no better Canadian suited to become the chairman of a growing, independent, integrated firm than Joe Oliver. He will be an outstanding resource to our firm and our board.” Photo copyright: yanlev/123RF CETFA elects new board leader Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. Former federal finance minister Joe Oliver is joining Toronto-based Echelon Wealth Partners Inc. as non-executive chairman of the board, succeeding Campbell Deacon, who will continue with Echelon as a special advisor. last_img read more

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Nasredeen Abdulbari: ‘Lawyers are the cement of society.’

first_imgNasredeen Abdulbari identifies no particular “aha!” moment when he knew what his life’s work would be.But if you know his country’s background, it’s easy to understand why he would want to devote himself to human rights and constitutional law.Abdulbari was born and brought up in Khartoum. His parents hail from different villages in the Sudanese province of Wadi Saleh, in the region known as Darfur, western Sudan. His grandmothers still live there. “Sudan experienced the longest civil war in Africa, and is now embroiled in a civil war in its western part, in Darfur,” he says.“Everyone from Darfur has suffered, directly or indirectly. They’ve all lost someone, or lost something,” he adds.His life experiences have left him feeling not downcast or dispirited, but energized with a personal vision of what a more fully developed constitutional system could do for his troubled country. “Sudan is now facing a problem — it might fall apart in three years.” And what could hold it together? “Human rights, justice, democracy, and freedoms — they are a guarantee of unity.”Abdulbari earned his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Khartoum in 2002. Three years later, he graduated with a master’s degree in law from the same institution. While pursuing the second degree he served as a lecturer and teaching assistant in the department of international comparative law. He also served as coordinator for the legal aid clinic at the university.Given Sudan’s history as a British colony, he considered furthering his education in the United Kingdom. But a good friend persuaded him to come to Harvard instead. He will be graduating from Harvard Law School with his LL.M. degree June 5, and the next day returning to Sudan. He will continue his teaching at the University of Khartoum, and his human rights, peace-building, and development work with the Sudan Social Development Organization (SUDO).“Lawyers are the cement of society,” Abdulbari says, and in his vision, this is clearly ongoing work. “My personal perspective is that constitutions and lawyers are never static — they’re always dynamic.” Pace Antonin Scalia and his colleagues who adhere to the “originalist” school of legal thought, Abdulbari believes that failure to “renovate” laws and constitutions as needed has made for trouble in Africa and elsewhere.He is prepared to acknowledge that some controversial laws — the bans, common in Islamic countries, on women traveling internationally without the permission of their male protectors — may once have been justified, given the dangers of travel. But those days are gone, and such laws should change, he says.He also resists the argument that human rights are essentially Western ideas of which countries like Sudan must be wary for cultural reasons. “Whose culture do you want to protect?” he asks. “That of the governments? Or that of the peoples who have been oppressed, and whose real interest is in human rights?” He acknowledges that many well-meaning people are concerned about their own cultural authenticity. But often the cultural argument is cover for tyrants. And at the moment, he says, “We all need systems of government in which each person can see him- or herself.”He doesn’t mind importing ideas, wherever they come from: “Our question is, Are they good for us? Their good is in their fairness, their ability to improve our lives, and properly determine the relationship between us and our governments.”Asked about the argument that many states in Africa suffer from badly drawn maps that disregard natural cultural and ethnic communities, he responds, “Cultural or ethnic homogeneity is not a sine qua non of unity.” The most homogeneous country in Africa, he pointedly adds, is Somalia.last_img read more

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Will Anika Noni Rose & Sophie Okonedo Join Denzel Washington in A Raisin in the Sun on Broadway?

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on June 15, 2014 Related Shows Denzel Washington A Raisin in the Sun Lorraine Hansbury’s A Raisin in the Sun tells the story of three generations of a family living and struggling together under one roof. The Youngers—Mama, her children Beneatha and Walter Lee, and his wife Ruth and their son Travis—live on Chicago’s South Side in the 1950s. It is a place in which dreams, like the raisin in the Langston Hughes’ poem from which the play takes its title, wither and die if nothing is done with them. Are Tony winner Anika Noni Rose and Oscar nominee Sophie Okonedo moving into the Younger household? According to Showbiz411.com, the actresses may join Tony and Oscar winner Denzel Washington in the previously rumored Broadway revival of A Raisin in the Sun. Kenny Leon, who directed Washington in Fences, will helm the new production, produced by Scott Rudin. Washington is eyeing the role of Walter Younger in the classic drama. Star Files Rose recently appeared in the Encores! staging of The Cradle Will Rock. She won a 2004 Tony Award for her performance in Caroline, or Change, having previously appeared in Footloose. Rose followed up her Tony win with a starring role in the 2008 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. Her film credits include The Princess and the Frog, For Colored Girls and Dreamgirls. Okonedo received a 2004 Oscar nomination for her performance in Hotel Rwanda. Her other film credits include Aeon Flux, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dirty Pretty Things and The Secret Life of Bees. A Raisin in the Sun first premiered on Broadway on March 11, 1959 at the Barrymore Theatre. The play earned four Tony Award nominations including Best Play as well as acting nods for stars Sidney Poitier and Claudia McNeil. The 2004 revival won Tonys for Phylicia Rashad and Audra McDonald. The production starred Sean Combs as Walter in his Broadway debut. Sophie Okonedo View Commentslast_img read more

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Yokota to make comeback at 42

first_imgAfter capturing the national title in 1990 and successfully defending it three times, Yokota faced World Boxing Association super bantamweight champ Wilfred Vasquez of Puerto Rico in November 1993, only to lose a 12-round decision. He retired in 1998. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Former Japanese super bantamweight champion Hiroaki Yokota will return to the ring and become the oldest Japanese boxer in action, officials of the Japan Boxing Commission said Wednesday.Yokota, who turns 42 on Sunday, has decided to take advantage of the new JBC system which allows a boxer with a national title or world title challenge experience to compete beyond the standard age limit of 37, if the applicant passes a required physical.center_img IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5last_img read more

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Grand Haven fails to stop the run in a rough loss to Traverse City West

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