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Celebrating the winners in the Canadian ETF Express Awards 2024


On a beautiful sunny day in Toronto in early June, we were very pleased to host our second Canadian ETF Express awards, celebrating the best in the ETF industry in the country, drawn from both ETF service providers and ETF issuers.

Canada, famously, invented the ETF, 24 years ago, in 1990 with the launch by the Toronto Stock Exchange of the Toronto 35 Index Participation Units (TIPs 35). The ETF industry has grown steadily since then with National Bank of Canada Financial Market’s Daniel Straus telling us in this report that the industry here represents some CAD400 billion in assets from 40 providers, up from the USD271 billion reported last year.

There is a strong sense of pride in the ETF industry in Canada. It might be next door to the world’s largest ETF market, but the Canadian one has enjoyed a number of firsts, from that first launch in 1990, to being the first to launch a psychedelic ETF, the first crypto-asset ETFs and the world’s first covered-call ETFs. Innovative and interesting sums up your ETF industry.

The industry in Canada is also the first country in the ETF eco-system, to have a trade association, CETFA, whose work is truly impressive in supporting the business.

New challenges and innovation that lie ahead for ETFs in Canada include supporting the younger investor, who is discovering ETFs through savings plans and roboadvisers. This trend has also been seen across Europe, where significant assets have been attracted through low cost, easy access routes to saving.

Canada is also going through a regulatory rethink of its ETF rules. Stan Magidson, Chair of the CSA and Chair and CEO of the Alberta Securities Commission, said, last year: “Canada is a pioneer in ETFs, launching the first ETF in the world over three decades ago. ETFs are an increasingly important investment vehicle for Canadian investors, and the CSA’s review of ETFs will provide us with important insight into the functioning of the ETF market.

“The review will help the CSA determine whether any additional requirements are needed as the industry continues to grow and innovate. A regulatory framework that is appropriately tailored to the unique ETF structure will foster competition and facilitate more investment choices for investors.”

Many congratulations to all our winners in this year’s awards and read on for interviews with some of our winners. We also would like to thank Trackinsight for its provision of data for the issuers. These awards are business to business and not intended to be used for making investment decisions.

Beverly Chandler, managing editor, ETF Express

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  • Cross disciplinary strengths bring rewards

    Cross disciplinary strengths bring rewards

    National Bank of Canada Financial Markets | Best Overall ETF Liquidity Provider/Market Maker in Canada | Best Market Maker/Authorised Participant – Equity ETFs in Canada | Best Market Maker/Authorised Participant – Fixed Income ETFs in Canada | Best Capital Markets Team in Canada | Best Institutional ETF Broker in Canada | Best Retail ETF Broker in…

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  • Unique vantage point aids State Street’s offering

    Unique vantage point aids State Street’s offering

    State Street Global Services | Best ETF Middle Office Tech Provider in Canada

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  • Strength keeps CIBC Mellon ahead

    Strength keeps CIBC Mellon ahead

    CIBC Mellon | Best ETF Custodian in Canada | Best ETF Back Office Tech Provider in Canada | Best Overall ETF Administrator in Canada

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  • NBI keeps it active

    NBI keeps it active

    National Bank Investments | Best ESG Equity ETF Issuer ($1bn+) | Best Active ETF Issuer ($1bn-$5bn) | Best International Equity ETF Issuer ($100m-$1bn) | Best Canadian Equity ETF Issuer ($1bn-$5bn)

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