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Montreal-based Peak Financial Group has appointed Stéphane Dulude as vice president of business development, the firm announced Wednesday.

In this position, Dulude will be responsible for managing the firm’s recruitment efforts across Canada, overseeing its succession plan program, and contributing to strategic development, among other duties.

“Peak has the wind in its sails. We are determined to continue driving our growth across the country. To that end, we are investing in the network’s future by creating this key position,” says Robert Frances, chairman and CEO of Peak, in a statement.

“Stéphane Dulude is without a doubt the prestigious candidate we needed for this highly strategic position.”

Dulude brings to the role more than 25 years of experience in financial services, banking and real estate, and has held senior management positions at major financial institutions in Canada. Most recently, he was president of SFL, a partner of Desjardins Financial Security/Desjardins Financial Security Investments Inc. He also serves as a member of the Investment Products Advisory Committee created by Quebec’s Autorité des marchés financiers .

“I am very proud to join the Peak team, a firm that has a stellar reputation from coast to coast,” Dulude says, in a statement. “The range of products and services that Peak offers independent advisors — mutual funds, insurance, securities, independent discretionary portfolio management, financial planning and mortgage financing — is one of the most complete,” he adds.

“At a time when advice is more essential and valued than ever before, I am convinced that Peak, which has for many years promoted independent advice based on the highest standards of ethics and integrity, is a key player in our industry.”