Ian Russell, IIAC president and CEO, has been elected chair of the International Council of Securities Associations (ICSA). His two-year term will be confirmed at ICSA’s Annual General Meeting in April.

Russell is the first Canadian to serve as ICSA Chair in 20 years. He will continue in his role at IIAC.

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“I view this as a strong opportunity to raise awareness of not only ICSA’s role in promoting vibrant and prosperous investment industries globally, but of the Canadian securities industry and our capital markets as well,” he says.

“As the outgoing chair of ICSA, I was particularly pleased to learn that Ian would be assuming the chairmanship,” says Jong Soo Park, chairman, Korea Financial Investment Association. “His passion and dedication will be essential as our industry tries to recover from the 2008 financial collapse.”

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Russell adds ICSA will play a key role this year, acting as secretary of the Cross-Border Regulation Forum (CBRF).