Keeley Simpson and Brandon Silbermann were awarded with plaques on Tuesday evening in Toronto in commemoration of their selection as the two inaugural winners of the Winnipeg-based Knowledge Bureau’s Distinguished Advisor Conference’s (DAC) Young Advisors Award.

Simpson, of Rorabeck Wealth Advisory Group in Toronto, which is part of Toronto-based BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc., and Silbermann, a financial advisor with Don Stockman Financial Services Ltd. in Waterloo, Ont., which is part of Oakville, Ont.-based Manulife Securities Investment Services Inc., each received a scholarship to the 2015 DAC, which was held from Nov. 8, 2015 to Nov. 11, 2015 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

Simpson and Silbermann participated in a panel discussion on stage at the event, offering their thoughts to the audience of more than 150 delegates from across Canada on the future of the financial advice industry from the perspective of millennial advisors.

“Knowledge Bureau is pleased to recognize outstanding potential through the DAC Young Advisors Award together with Manulife [Financial Corp.], the title sponsor of DAC. We firmly believe that today’s outstanding young advisors are tomorrow’s great leaders,” says Evelyn Jacks, president of Knowledge Bureau in a statement. “We are pleased to provide an opportunity to recognize their accomplishments, celebrate their aspirations, and foster leadership development opportunities. This Award champions our industry’s young leaders and contributes to the building of a nationwide strategy for the success of young advisors and their firms.”

Application forms for the 2016 DAC Young Advisors Award are now being accepted from young advisors, their clients, employers or mentors and can be found on the Knowledge Bureau’s website ( by visiting the conference tab.

The application process will close on May 31 and selection will be announced on June 15. The 2016 DAC will be held in San Diego, Calif. from Nov. 6 to Nov. 9.