IG welcomes new chief investment strategist

Petursson’s resume includes more than 25 years spent working for prominent financial institutions, including 18 years at Manulife Investment Management where he was most recently the chief investment strategist and head of Capital Markets Research. A graduate of McMaster University’s Bachelor of Commerce program, he also holds the chartered investment manager designation from the Canadian Securities Institute and has been awarded for his work as a podcaster.

“I think it just speaks to the continued evolution of IG Wealth Management and the path that its leadership has taken over the last number of years,” Petursson said when asked to share his thoughts on his new role at IG, which he assumed on September 20.

While he recognized IG’s success over the decades, he said he was attracted by its client-first culture and long-standing commitment to holistic financial planning.

“The opportunity to contribute my expertise and experience to one of the leading wealth management firms in Canada was one that I just couldn’t pass up,” he said. “It’s always thinking about planning, as opposed to just investment. And that’s something that I think is very, very unique to IG’s culture.”

As IG’s chief investment strategist, Petursson will provide relevant and timely market insights to over 3,000 advisors, as well as its growing high-net-worth client segment. Over time, Petursson said he’ll build out a team of investment strategists who can assist in terms of research and economic modelling, developing an investment thesis, and communicating the thesis across the firm’s network.