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FPSC Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in Financial Planning During 9th Annual Financial Planning Week

TORONTO, ON – November 24, 2017 – As part of Financial Planning Week, Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) hosted a Celebration of the Financial Planning Profession Dinner. A number of prestigious awards were presented throughout the evening.

FPSC has announced that John De Goey, CFP®, has been awarded the Donald J. Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award in Financial Planning. This prestigious award is named for the late Donald J. Johnston, who led FPSC through its first successful first decade of development and operation as the premier standard-setting organization for the financial planning profession in Canada.

The Donald J. Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award in Financial Planning is the highest honour bestowed by FPSC, recognizing a lifetime advancement of CFP certification and significant positive impact on the financial planning profession.

De Goey is a Portfolio Manager at Industrial Alliance Securities (IAS) in Toronto. A long-time and passionate advocate for the work done by professional financial planners in Canada, he has worked for two decades to build awareness of the importance of the CFP mark among consumers, government representatives and the financial services community alike. The author of four editions of the book “The Professional Financial Advisor”, De Goey also contributes to various media outlets and is frequently interviewed as a financial commentator.

"Receiving the Donald J. Johnston Lifetime Achievement Award in Financial Planning is a huge honour and source of pride for me,” says De Goey. “There are many people working to gain professional recognition for financial planning and I'm proud to count myself among them." 

As is customary to further recognize this prestigious honour, FPSC will make a $10,000 donation in the award winner’s name to a charitable organization(s) of their choice. De Goey has selected The Daily Bread Food Bank and Community Living Essex County as recipients of the donation. 

Dawn Hawley, CFP, was recognized as the only Fellow of FPSC honouree for 2017. Created in 2011, this lifelong distinction recognizes individuals who have helped advance FPSC's purpose and advance CFP professional standards, and who have embodied these standards throughout their careers.

Hawley, a Financial Planner with the Angus Watt Advisory Group – National Bank Financial in Edmonton, has more than 35 years of experience in the financial planning profession. With a longtime passion for the profession, Hawley has advocated for rigorous standards through a variety of her professional and volunteer activities. Among other achievements, she most recently served as Chair of the FPSC Board of Directors from 2015 to 2017, serving eight years as a Board member in total. Hawley also served on FPSC’s Professional Practice Working Group, which played a key role in the development of the Financial Planning Body of Knowledge for FPSC Level 1® Certificants in Financial Planning and CFP professionals.

Members of the esteemed President’s List were also recognized for top performance on the CFP examination. This honour recognizes candidates who achieved the highest marks out of hundreds of exam writers across the country. To qualify to write this standardized six-hour exam, candidates must have first successfully completed an FPSC-Approved Core Curriculum education program, the FPSC Level 1 Examination in Financial Planning, and an FPSC-Approved Capstone Course. Successful CFP examination candidates with three years of relevant work experience are then eligible to apply for CFP certification, the only globally recognized mark of financial planning professionalism. 

President’s List honourees for the June 2017 exam are Sara Ready from Toronto, Ontario (1st place); Christopher Krmpotic from Waterloo, Ontario (2nd place tie); and Tim Schilds from Dawson Creek, BC (2nd place tie). For the November 2016 exam, honourees are Kouros Ghanavizchian from Vancouver, BC (1st place); Kyle Snowden from Grimsby, Ontario (2nd place); and Muizz Saleh from Mississauga, Ontario (3rd place).  

About Financial Planning Standards Council

A professional standards-setting and certification body working in the public interest, FPSC’s purpose is to drive value and instill confidence in financial planning. FPSC ensures those it certifies―Certified Financial Planner® professionals and FPSC Level 1® Certificants in Financial Planning―meet appropriate standards of competence and professionalism through rigorous requirements of education, examination, experience and ethics. With FPSC’s formal partnership with the Institut québécois de planification financière (IQPF), which is the only organization authorized to certify Financial Planners in Québec, there are more than 23,500 Financial Planners in Canada who have met, and continue to meet, FPSC’s standards. More information is available at and

For more information, please contact:

Caroline Horcher
Financial Planning Standards Council
416.593.8587, ext. 232 or 1.800.305.9886