How to enter
Entry is limited to a person with a recognized professional designation who is in good standing with a financial planning association or other professional body. Submissions are open to anyone wishing to enter and are in no way limited to users of PlanPlus or members of a specific association. Download an information package.
The first step is to register. A modest fee of $50 CAD is required when you register. Once registered, we will be able to keep you apprised of all developments. You will also receive an Official Competitor Number by email. You will need to record this number on your entry when you submit it between Feb 15 and April 1, 2018. Each advisor is restricted to one entry. To register now CLICK HERE as the number of competitors will be capped.
Only finalists will be required to submit the actual plan document on which their submission was based. This is because the entry process starts with an Initial Submission process that solicits information about your plan. Judges use an Initial Submission Rubric to evaluate your submission.
Pursuant to financial planning practice standards, the advisor must have an engagement agreement in place to ensure that full disclosure of all material facts has been made to the client. This includes but is not limited to: how the planner is compensated, disclosure of all commissions, fees, etc. as well as disclosure of any conflicts of interest. Failure to meet this requirement will result in disqualification.
All recommendations made to the client must be clearly in the best interests of the client.
The winners should be prepared to give a testimonial to the press concerning the benefits that their client derived from their work. The client will have the option of taking part in the interview, or can remain totally anonymous.
If in the opinion of the judges, there is no current entry that meets the standard envisioned in creating the award, then no award will be presented in that region for the current year.
No PlanPlus employees or affiliates are permitted to enter. Advisors that have an immediate working relationship with any judge (i.e. in the same office) are restricted from participating.
Submissions will be accepted between Feb 15, 2019 and April 1, 2019. Finalists will be announced by April 16, 2019, and winners will be publicly announced on our website on May 14, 2019.
PlanPlus reserves the right to act as the sole interrupter to clarify any rules that are unclear. Our goal is to provide a forum for planners to be judged based solely on the quality of their work. We will make every aspect of the competition as fair, transparent and as equitable as possible.