Joe Canavan is an icon in the financial services industry with extensive experience as an executive, entrepreneur and venture investor. He is currently the CEO of NEXT Canada, one of Canada’s leading accelerators. His most recent venture, LOGiQ Asset Management, was recently sold to Grenville Capital Corporation and the combined entity has been renamed Flow Capital Corporation. Joe has held the positions of Chairman and CEO of Assante Wealth Management and United Financial Corporation and CEO of Synergy Asset Management, a company he founded in 1997 (now part of CI Financial). Before Synergy, Joe launched GT Global (Canada) which quickly grew to a multi-billion dollar asset management company and Fund Company of the year before being sold to AIM Trimark. As Vice President, Director of National Sales, Joe helped build Fidelity Investment Canada from $60 million to $6 billion.
Prior to founding LOGiQ Asset Management, Joe was Interim CEO and Chairman of the Children’s Aid Foundation, overseeing its restructuring and highly successful turnaround. Joe is a Board Director of the Fraser Institute, the National Arts Centre Foundation, Kids & Company, Brand Protect, Trails Youth Initiatives. His outside investment interests are primarily focused on digital ventures including Wealthsimple, Koho Financial, Borrowell, Layer 6 (a machine learning company), Itsme (a virtual reality company), Brand Protect (a cyber security firm), Thalmic Labs and Kira Talent, to name a few. Joe was awarded “Person of Influence of the Decade” during the 2004 Canadian Investment Awards, was honoured as Concordia University’s “Alumnus of the Year” in 2006, and was also the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee II Medal in 2012. Joe completed a Bachelor of Business Administration, Business at Concordia University and holds an OPM, Business from Harvard Business School.