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, Private Client and Corporate Services.
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 26 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, Mr. Allison is a director of the Investment Industry Association of Canada; member of the Dean’s Business Advisory Council, DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University; and he is also board vice chair and chair of the Governance/Nominating Committee at Humber River Regional Hospital.
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.