Symposium 2019 will feature industry leaders from the insurance and investment sectors, as well as prominent representatives from media, government and regulatory organizations.

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8:00 am to 8:50 am

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8:50 am to 9:00 am

Welcome by Emcee

9:15 am to 10:15 am

Title Protection Comes to Ontario

In its 2019 budget, the Ontario Government announced that it would be restricting the titles of “financial advisor” and “financial planner” to individuals holding a recognized credential. This is a major step in the right direction – finally, consumers will be able to trust that these well-known and widely-used titles mean something when it comes to their advisor’s proficiency. The announcement also achieves a major goal of Advocis’ Professions Model.

Despite the good news, there are many unanswered questions. Which credentials and credentialing bodies should qualify? Are some advisors and clients at risk of being left behind? Will other provinces now follow suit? How will intermediaries and manufacturers respond? And is title protection enough to professionalize the industry? This panel will explore this transformative development that promises to impact all facets of the financial services sector.

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10:15 am to 10:35 am

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10:35 am to 11:35 am

Reducing the Regulatory Burden

Every advisor knows the weight of regulatory burden. With every new rule, proposal or guidance note, the burden only seems to get worse – and independent advisors are most at risk of getting squeezed. But there finally seems to be hope: the Ontario Securities Commission has made reducing the regulatory burden a priority for 2019-2020.

What areas will the OSC’s Task Force be focusing on? Are advisors’ concerns getting their due recognition? Will the removal of regulations put consumers at risk – and if not, why were those regulations there in the first place? This panel will bring perspectives from regulators, fund manufacturers and advisors to discuss the Task Force’s efforts to make regulation leaner and smarter.

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11:35 am to 12:35 pm

Special Keynote Speaker

Bringing together his background in neuroscience, money, and even auto-racing, Preet Banerjee explains how the human brain is hard-wired to make bad decisions about money, how that affects clients as well as financial advisors, and what you can do about it to optimize you and your clients’ potential.

12:35 pm to 1:35 pm

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1:35 pm to 2:35 pm

Guest Speaker

Rod Burylo, business author, educator and ethics specialist, and Advisor’s Edge Advisor of the Year award winner, will tackle the most important concepts and issues related to character, professional relationships and ethics in the financial services industry. Join Rod for an important lesson on advisor ethics and the importance of trust in professional relationships.

2:35 pm to 2:55 pm

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2:55 pm to 3:55 pm

The Impact of Changing Demographics on Financial Advice

Canada is undergoing a demographic shift. We are living longer than ever, creating challenges for traditional retirement planning and delaying intergenerational wealth transfers. The next generation of financial consumers represent atypical saving, employment and family situations and they seek modern, tech-forward and tailored insurance and investment solutions.

How are these shifts impacting the development and delivery of financial advice? What additional steps should advisors and regulators be doing to be prepared for these changes? This panel will focus on how the provision of financial advice and financial planning must adapt to serve these diverse demographic cohorts.

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4:00 pm to 6:00 pm