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Devan Legare, senior investment advisor, Manulife Securities Inc, Western Wealth Builders, is the 2019 recipient of the Top Under 40 Award, the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) announced Thursday evening in Toronto.

Legare, based in Calgary, was selected from among 37 nominees. He specializes in working with clients with complex tax and wealth needs, and is a certified financial planner (CFP), certified management accountant (CMA) and chartered professional accountant (CPA).

According to his bio on the Western Wealth Builders website, Legare “believes that wealth is more than money, it’s your ability to do what you want, when you want and how you want.”

In a release, the IIAC said the Top Under 40 Award “recognizes and celebrates the new generation of highly motivated and talented young professionals whose drive, dedication, personal and professional qualities and accomplishments have brought distinction to the investment industry.”

“The calibre of candidates for the IIAC Top Under 40 Award is exemplary,” said Ian Russell, the IIAC’s president and CEO, in a statement. “The accomplishments and the commitment to industry and community of these young professionals is remarkable and deserves recognition.”

The finalists for this year’s award were Korina Fandrick, investment advisor at Milestone Asset Management (part of Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management) in Calgary, and Jason Pereira, partner and senior investment consultant at Woodgate Financial (part of IPC Investment Corp.) in Toronto.

For information on the IIAC Top Under 40 Award, click here.

At the same event, the IIAC inducted its 2019 class of hall of fame inductees:

  • Helen Kearns, president and CEO at Bell Kearns & Associates Ltd.;
  • James Pitblado, former chairman at RBC Dominion Securities Inc.;
  • Charlie Spiring, founder of Wellington West Holdings Inc., and founder and chairman at Wellington-Altus Private Wealth Inc.;
  • Eric Sprott, founder of Sprott Securities Ltd. and Sprott Asset Management LP; and
  • W. Robert Wyman, former chairman and CEO at Pemberton Securities Inc. (posthumous).

Said Russell: “Each one is a trailblazer whose contributions to the industry, the country and communities have set them apart.”