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Ian C. W. Russell
Senior Fellow

Former President and CEO, Investment Industry Association of Canada


MSc Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science

Hon. BA (Economics and Business), Western University


Mr. Ian Russell has long held a prominent position in the investment industry, both on a domestic and global level. He is past President and CEO of the Investment Industry Association of Canada (IIAC), a position he held since the IIAC’s inauguration in April 2006.

A prolific writer and columnist, he is also a frequent media commentator, a sought-after presenter and speaker on industry issues and developments critical to the Canadian economy.

He has also been engaged in many of the past decade’s most transformative capital markets events including deliberations on the LSE, TSX merger, and the Supreme Court of Canada proceedings on the jurisdiction of the national securities regulator.

Mr. Russell’s extensive experience includes serving as a member of the Advisory Committee and a participant for over a decade in the Global Business Forum held in Banff, Alberta; serving as past Chair and current Board Member of the International Council of Securities Associations (ICSA) and an active participant in the International Capital Market Association’s (ICMA) annual conferences; being a frequent participant in Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) annual conferences and roundtables; designated leader of the Canadian mission to the Asia Financial Forum (AFF), sponsored by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; and invited as a guest and regular participant at the Cumberland Lodge Financial Summit, attended by European and international leaders to explore future policy and regulation of European capital markets. He is also an active participant in the Northwind Professional Institute seminars; a Member of the Steering Committee of the Northwind Retail Forum; and a past Member of the Board of Governors for JA Central Ontario. Ian also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of mCloud Technologies Corp.

Prior to his IIAC appointment, Ian was Senior Vice-President, Industry Relations and Representation, at the Investment Dealers Association of Canada (IDA). He also spent nearly a decade of his career at the Bank of Canada and worked as a financial analyst at the highly respected international publication The Bank Credit Analyst.

Ian has an Honours degree in Economics and Business from the University of Western Ontario, and a postgraduate degree (MSc Economics) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has completed the Partners, Directors and Senior Officers Qualifying Examination and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.