As chairman and chief executive officer of Raymond James Ltd., Paul Allison oversees business-building efforts and strategic leadership of the firm’s Canadian operations, including Equity Capital Markets and Private Client and Corporate Services. Mr. Allison also oversees Raymond James Financial business in the UK.
Prior to joining the firm in August 2008, he worked as executive vice president and vice-chairman at Merrill Lynch Canada, as well as co-head of the firm’s investment banking business. Before joining Merrill, he was head of equity capital markets at BMO Nesbitt Burns, one of Canada’s leading bank-owned investment dealers. Mr. Allison brings more than 30 years of senior capital markets and investment banking experience to this role, including underwriting and arranging public and private debt and equity capital raising, as well as developing and managing retail products.
An active volunteer in various charitable and industry organizations, he is board chair of Drug Free Kids Canada, past board chair of the Humber River Hospital, member of the Humber River Hospital Foundation campaign cabinet, a member of the board of directors of the Industry Investment Regulatory Organization of Canada, member of the Deans Business Advisory Council DeGroote School of Business McMaster University, and a former director of the Investment Industry Association of Canada.
Mr. Allison holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and management from McMaster University. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of British Columbia.