James Laird, CanWise Financial (Canada)
Company: CanWise Financial
Job title: President
Before starting CanWise Financial in 2014, James Laird received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, and went on to launch several successful entrepreneurial ventures. Most recently, Laird spent six years as the chief operating officer of Canada’s largest independent mortgage brokerage. He is highly analytical, and loves helping clients make sound financial choices based on hard numbers. This year, Canwise was honoured with the 2019 Brokerage of the Year title (25 employees or more) at the Canadian Mortgage Awards.