Mentors

Joseph Canavan

Director at Large , Director at Large

Joseph C. Canavan was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Assante Wealth Management and United Financial Corporation, an affiliated asset management firm until November 2009. Assante is a national wealth management company with $27 billion in assets under administration, for over 300,000 clients across Canada.   Prior to joining Assante, Mr. Canavan was the President and CEO of Synergy Asset Management, a wealth management company he founded in December 1997 – an organization which quickly became known as one of Canada’s most innovative mutual fund companies. Synergy was acquired by CI Financial in October 2003.   In 1994, he launched GT Global (Canada), which became the fastest-growing mutual fund company in Canadian history. Under Mr. Canavan’s leadership, the company gained $2.4 billion in assets in less than 30 months. GT Global is now part of AIM Trimark. In 1989, he joined Fidelity Investments. As Vice President and Director of National Sales, he helped grow assets from $60 million to $6 billion in four years. He began his career as a financial advisor with Burns Fry Ltd.   Mr. Canavan was awarded “Person of Influence of the Decade” at the Canadian Investment Awards in 2004. In 2006, he was honoured as Concordia University’s “Alumnus of the Year.”   Mr. Canavan is Vice Chairman of the Children’s Aid Foundation, a director of the Fraser Institute and has recently retired from the Board of the National Ballet of Canada. Mr. Canavan has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Concordia University and has completed Harvard University's three-year executive management program for owners and presidents of companies.