As Executive Chairperson of Raymond James Ltd., Paul Allison provides strategic guidance to the management team, governance and serves in a senior client relationship capacity. He also chairs several boards including Raymond James Ltd, and the Raymond James Canada Foundation. From August 2008 until December 2021, Paul was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Raymond James Ltd.
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. Paul brings more than 32 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, serving as board chair of Drug Free Kids Canada, past board chair of the Humber River Hospital, member of the Humber River Hospital Foundation campaign cabinet; Chair of the board of directors of the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada; and member of the Deans Business Advisory Council DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University.
Paul holds a master of business administration degree (MBA) 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.