Leadership 2018-09-11T10:43:42+00:00

Leadership Team

William (Bill) Packham
William (Bill) Packham
President and CEO

Bill’s commitment to strengthening Canada’s cooperative financial sector, and his experience guiding successful integrations, make him a natural fit to lead Aviso Wealth. A seasoned and well-respected business leader, he offers an unparalleled depth of strategic insight into the challenges and opportunities for credit unions and for other independent financial organizations, along with a clear vision for how Aviso Wealth can help its partners thrive in a fast-changing industry.

Before being appointed to lead Aviso, Bill was CEO of Qtrade Financial Group and Executive Managing Director, Wealth Management and Life and Health Insurance, Desjardins Group.

Prior to joining Desjardins, he established a consistent track record of identifying and capitalizing on opportunities. He served as President, CEO and/or Chair as well as a Director of Rockwater Capital, Merrill Lynch Canada, Midland Walwyn Capital, Blackmont Capital and Financial Concept Group. Bill is a board member of The Investment Funds Institute of Canada, and has previously held director roles with other industry bodies including The Canadian Securities Institute, Canadian Investment Protection Fund, The Investment Industry Association of Canada, and Investment Dealers Association of Canada (now IIROC), where he was Chair from 2001 to 2002.

A Chartered Accountant, Bill earned a Mathematics degree from the University of Waterloo.

Frederick Pinto
Frederick Pinto
SVP, Head of Asset Management

Fred leads Aviso’s asset management division, NEI Investments, which is focused on driving the investment and product strategy across all business lines to support the growth of Aviso Wealth. This includes leveraging our industry-leading Responsible Investment expertise, and managing the ongoing development of solutions that meet the needs of all clients across our credit union and third-party distribution channels.

Fred brings a strong history of financial industry expertise to Aviso Wealth. Prior to his current role, he provided strategic guidance to Qtrade Financial Group, and served as Chief Executive Officer of OceanRock Investments Inc. He had responsibility for the management and strategic direction of OceanRock across the investment, sales, marketing and product areas. Fred also served Qtrade as Senior Vice President, Investment Management Distribution – a role responsible for all sales efforts across the organization.

Previously, Fred held progressively more senior sales and management roles at Russell Investments Canada across the firm’s retail and institutional business lines.

Fred is a CFA Charterholder and an active member of CFA Society Toronto, where he sits on the Governance and Nominations Committee, is a past president, and is a mentor to young investment professionals. He earned an MBA from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario.

Kim Thompson
Kim Thompson
SVP, Head of Credit Union Wealth Management

An expert in credit union wealth products and services, Kim provides Aviso Wealth with strategic direction and oversight in the creation of wealth management programs, as well as guidance on corporate positioning and overall partner and client experience.

Kim brings over 20 years’ experience in the investment and financial services industry with firms such as TD Bank, Connor Clark & Lunn, and Fidelity Investments Canada. She has successfully developed and implemented wealth management and client relationship management strategies, and influenced distribution channels, including banking, mutual fund manufacturing, full-service brokerage, and trust services. In 2013, she was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women.

Kim has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), the Conduct and Practice Handbook (CPH), and the Partners, Directors, and Senior Officers (PDO) courses and formerly practiced as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

Kevin Vanderheyden
Kevin Vanderheyden
SVP, Head of Correspondent & Institutional

Kevin is responsible for Aviso Wealth’s custodial and institutional services offering, in addition to working closely with the SVP of Capital Markets around all trade-related activities—including equities, fixed income, foreign exchange, securities lending and new issues.

With over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Kevin brings significant trading, correspondent, wealth management and executive experience to bear for Aviso Wealth. He has held key senior positions at Credential Financial, TD Bank Financial Group and Penson Financial Services Canada. Kevin has a proven track record of growing assets, identifying opportunities for growth and capturing new business, building client relationships, and implementing marketing strategies to help partners grow their business.

Kevin holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation and is a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute.

Catherine Wood
Catherine Wood
SVP, Head of Online & Digital Wealth, Chief Marketing & Innovation Officer

Catherine oversees Aviso’s online and digital wealth businesses, with a focus on empowering Canadians with best-in-class online investing and wealth choices. She is also responsible for company-wide marketing and innovation services, which drive business results and define strategies to ensure that Aviso remains relevant in a fast-changing market.

Previously Catherine served as Senior VP and Head of Online Brokerage, Digital Advice, Insurance, Product, and Marketing at Qtrade Financial Group. In that role, she built strategies and teams designed to strengthen the Qtrade brand and bolster the financial health of the organization.

Before joining Qtrade, Catherine worked in a senior management capacity for leading national financial institutions including Canada Life, Assante and TD Bank. In these roles, she led business units to achieve impressive results through building strong foundations, expanding markets and developing future leaders.

Catherine was named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women in 2017 and 2016; one of the Top 50 Wealth Professionals in Canada in 2017; and one of the Top 50 Women in Life Insurance in 2014. She serves as a Board Member of Advocis and of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and she is an Executive Committee Member of the International Women’s Forum. She is also a past Trustee for the Institute for Advanced Financial Education and a past Board Member of the Financial Planning Standards Council. Catherine earned an MBA as well as a Master of Information Studies from the University of Toronto. She holds an Honours BA from York University and a BA from Western University. Her professional designations include Certified Financial Planner, Chartered Life Underwriter and Tax and Estate Practitioner.

Rod Ancrum
Rod Ancrum
SVP, Chief Financial Officer, Chief Administrative Officer

Rod is responsible for the overarching financial management of Aviso Wealth, with a focus on driving results, managing risk, ensuring operational and technological efficiency, and leadership of specific strategic initiatives to support business growth. His results-focused style and expertise in developing and executing strategy played a major role in the success of Credential Financial’s varied lines of business.

Prior to joining Credential, Rod spent 20 years at RBC in progressively senior roles in Finance and Operations across several business platforms including Card Services, Canadian Wealth Management and Global Technology & Operations. Some of his prior roles include VP & CFO of RBC Direct Investing and RBC Private Counsel; VP, Director and Head of Finance for the Canadian Wealth Management Group; and VP, Director, Investment Services for RBC Direct Investing.

He is a Chartered Accountant who has completed the Partners, Directors and Senior Officers (PDO) and CFO Qualifying Exam courses from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Sherri Evans
Sherri Evans
SVP, Chief People Officer

As the leader of Aviso Wealth’s People and Culture team, Sherri is responsible for the development of all HR strategies, as well as the delivery of HR services and programs that drive and enable Aviso Wealth’s business objectives and culture.

Sherri previously led the Human Resources strategy at NEI Investments, and has a keen understanding of the connection between a positive culture and an organization’s profitability. Under her leadership, NEI became a nationally recognized “Great Place to Work” (Top 50 Employer) two years in a row.

Previously, Sherri held progressive leadership positions with Hudson’s Bay Company, Cygnal Technologies and Assante Advisory Services. Throughout her broad human resources experience, Sherri has played important roles in shaping successful cultures, large-scale integrations, change management, and internal communications strategies.

Sherri holds an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario, and a Diploma in HR Management from George Brown College. She is a board member for the Gambling Research Exchange of Ontario (Executive Committee Member, Chair of the Nominations Committee) and Hire-Up (a for-profit business that focuses on finding employment for at-risk youth), and is a member of the Great Place to Work Executive Forum Steering Committee.

Yasmin Lalani
Yasmin Lalani
SVP, Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary

Yasmin oversees all of Aviso Wealth’s legal activities, ensuring the equitable treatment of partners and investors and protecting the public trust in the organization and the wealth management industry as a whole. She is also the firm’s Corporate Secretary, responsible for implementing strong corporate governance practices that align with Aviso Wealth’s overall strategy, and best position the company for growth and profitability.

With 18 years of extensive experience in the financial services and wealth management business, Yasmin specializes in securities and corporate/commercial law.

She is a member of the British Columbia Law Society, and the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Alexandra Williams
Alexandra Williams
SVP, Chief Compliance Officer, Chief Risk Officer

Alex leads and influences the strategic direction of Aviso Wealth through strong risk management. As the primary liaison with numerous external regulators, she is accountable for the integrity of the company’s regulatory model, its industry reputation and its standing with each regulator. She ensures that the company maintains healthy, open relationships, while managing Aviso Wealth’s response to a constantly evolving regulatory environment.

Alex has held leadership roles in the investment industry for 25 years, and is recognized and respected for her advanced expertise in the demanding fields of financial regulatory compliance, risk management, privacy and anti-money laundering. Along the way, she has earned a reputation as a great communicator, networker and team builder who dedicates significant time and energy towards mentoring and developing capabilities in others.

Alex holds an MBA from Queen’s University and has the Institute of Corporate Directors designation. She currently sits on a number of senior advisory committees in the securities industry, including serving as Vice-Chair of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) Pacific District Counsel, and Vice Chair of the IIROC Compliance and Legal Section Executive Committee. She is also involved in a number of working groups and industry committees.