The Toronto-based Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC) has released its list of 33 nominees for the association’s Top Under 40 Award.

The 2016 class of nominees, which was released on Monday, includes financial advisors, branch managers and portfolio managers.

The award, which is sponsored by Smarten Up Institute and Investment Executive, both of Toronto, is designed to honour a new generation of investment professionals. Nominees are required to have been 40 years of age or younger on Dec. 31, 2015, and be a full-time employee of an IIAC member firm.

The recipient of the prize will be chosen by an independent committee, which will base its decision on characteristics such as career excellence, commitment to the Canadian financial services sector through involvement in professional bodies, and dedication to community service.

The recipient will be named at a reception on Oct. 27 in Toronto and recognized later that evening at a gala dinner, which will also celebrate the achievements of the newest inductees to the IIAC’s Investment Industry Hall of Fame.

The recipient of the IIAC Top Under 40 Award will receive mentorship opportunity with an industry leader in association with the Smarten Up Institute’s mentor program and receive an individualized course of his or her choosing with the Smarten Up Institute in Toronto or a course at a partner university or college.

Click here for the full list of nominees.

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