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CFP Examination Candidates Recognized for Top Performance

President’s List honours Canada’s highest scorers

TORONTO, ON – March 1, 2019 – Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) has announced the members of the esteemed President's List for the November 2018 sitting of the CFP® examination. The President’s List recognizes candidates who achieved the highest marks out of hundreds of exam writers from across Canada.

The new President’s List honourees are:

  • Christopher Ferris – Ottawa, ON (1st place)
  • Jennifer Armstrong – Vernon, BC (2nd place)
  • Haiyan Wang – Burnaby, BC (3rd place)

These individuals were recognized from a total of 563 candidates who wrote the final, standardized national CFP examination. That’s the highest number of candidates since FPSC implemented enhanced requirements for CFP certification in 2010.

“The CFP examination is a challenging endeavor that assesses candidates’ ability to apply their technical knowledge to highly complex financial planning scenarios,” says FPSC President and CEO Cary List. “Congratulations to these three individuals for their exceptional performance on this examination.”

To qualify to write the six-hour CFP examination, 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 recipients will be recognized at the Celebration of the Profession Dinner at the Sheraton Centre Toronto, taking place on November 19, 2019 as part of Financial Planning Week. Tickets to this event will be available in September.

Examinations on the path to CFP certification are offered twice per year in locations across Canada. The next FPSC Level 1 examination will take place on June 6 and the next CFP examination will take place on June 7. Registration is available here.

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® professional and FPSC Level 1® Certificants in Financial Planning―meet appropriate standards of competence and professionalism through rigorous requirements of education, examination, experience and ethics. There are approximately 18,500 financial planners in Canada who have met, and continue to meet, FPSC’s standards. More information is available at and Effective April 1, 2019, FPSC will become FP Canada™: a national professional body dedicated to advancing professional financial planning. Learn more at

About CFP Certification

Certified Financial Planner® certification is the most widely recognized financial planning designation in Canada and throughout the world and is considered the standard for the profession. CFP® professionals have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, experience and ethics to examine their clients’ entire financial picture, at the highest level of complexity required of the profession, and work with their clients to build a financial plan so that they can Live Life Confidently™. CFP professionals in Canada are certified by FPSC. There are approximately 16,500 CFP professionals across Canada, part of an international network of more than 181,000 in 26 territories around the world.

For more information, please contact:

Megan Harman
Financial Planning Standards Council  
416.593.8587, ext. 232 or 1.800.305.9886