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CU CUMIS Wealth Holdings LP and Desjardins Group Announce Closing of Aviso Wealth Inc. Merger

Apr 3, 2018

Aviso Wealth unites Credential Financial Inc., Qtrade Canada Inc. and NEI Investments to create a strong, values-based wealth management alternative for Canadian investors

TORONTO (ON), April 3, 2018— CU CUMIS Wealth Holdings LP and Desjardins Group today announced the closing of the merger of the businesses of Credential Financial Inc., Qtrade Canada Inc. and NEI Investments to create Aviso Wealth Inc. Providing Canadian investors with a comprehensive and fully integrated range of high-quality wealth solutions, Aviso Wealth offers insurance and do-it-yourself (DIY) investing to full-service, fee-based and responsible investing (RI) options.

“Today marks an exciting day for our credit union partners, members and investors nationwide, with the official launch of Aviso Wealth,” said Bill Packham, Chief Executive Officer of Aviso Wealth. “Combining the strengths of all three successful firms, Aviso Wealth provides Canadian investors with a differentiated client experience—offering a full suite of wealth products and services for all stages of the wealth life cycle.”

Garth Manness, Chair of Aviso Wealth said, “The formation of Aviso Wealth is exciting news for credit unions in Canada. We firmly believe that the new vertically integrated entity will be better positioned to adapt to market and regulatory changes. Aviso Wealth will cultivate a client-centric service experience that puts member needs first, resulting in an enhanced wealth management experience to credit unions and their members. ”

Aviso Wealth has more than $55 billion in combined assets under administration and management, making it one of Canada’s largest independent wealth management firms. The combined organization will serve the wealth management needs of virtually all of Canada’s credit unions with a network of thousands of advisors, and has more than 500,000 clients across the country.

Aviso Wealth’s full spectrum of products and services include: Credential wealth management; Qtrade Investor, Canada’s number-one online brokerage as ranked by The Globe & Mail; digital advice; NEI Investments, Canada’s leader in responsible investment solutions; and, correspondent and institutional services for independent financial organizations, including investment dealers and portfolio managers.

About CU CUMIS Wealth Holdings LP

CU CUMIS Wealth Holdings LP is a partnership of the five provincial credit union centrals - Atlantic Central, Central 1 Credit Union (representing British Columbia and Ontario credit unions), Credit Union Central of Manitoba, Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan and Credit Union Central of Alberta, and The CUMIS Group Limited. Collectively, the five centrals represent the majority of credit unions (excluding the Desjardins caisse network) across the country.

About Desjardins

Desjardins Group is the leading cooperative financial group in Canada and the fifth largest cooperative financial group in the world, with assets of $276,3 billion. It has been rated one of the Best Employers in Canada by Aon Hewitt. To meet the diverse needs of its members and clients, Desjardins offers a full range of products and services to individuals and businesses through its extensive distribution network, online platforms and subsidiaries across Canada. Counted among the world's strongest banks according to The Banker magazine, Desjardins has one of the highest capital ratios and credit ratings in the industry.

Caution concerning forward-looking statements 

Certain statements made in this press release may be forward-looking. By their very nature, forward-looking statements involve assumptions, uncertainties and inherent risks, both general and specific. It is therefore possible that, due to a number of factors, the predictions, projections or other forward-looking statements as well as objectives and priorities of the parties may not materialize or may prove to be inaccurate and that actual results differ materially. Various factors beyond the control of the parties could influence the accuracy of the forward-looking statements in this press release. Although the parties believe that the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance or guarantee that these expectations will prove to be correct. The parties caution readers against placing undue reliance on forward-looking statements when making decisions. None of the parties undertakes to update any written or verbal forward-looking statements that could be made from time to time by or on behalf of the parties, except as required under applicable securities laws.


For further information: Media contacts: Kristina Lee (English) Magnolia Communications 778-999-8562 Megan Kent (French/English) Magnolia Communications 613-620-9378

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