Transitions Management

Comparing Your Options

Our goal is to be the firm of choice for financial advisors in Canada. We also understand that choosing a firm that will meet your professional expectations will require careful evaluation and due diligence. The following checklist can help you compare our firm with other investment dealers that you may be considering as you contemplate your next career move.

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Transition Program

We believe that a successful relationship with Raymond James begins with a successful transition. It is for this reason that we have created a dedicated department and a customizable step-by-step process to take care of your transition.

The concept behind our transition process is simple and straightforward: We provide you with a team of dedicated specialists who will assist you through every step of your transition. Our goal is to help you reach maximum productivity in the shortest amount of time and with minimal disruption to your clients. We work with you to map out your transition requirements in registration, client communications, marketing, account opening/transfers, product and service orientation, compliance, and office services.

We assign you a dedicated transition specialist from the beginning to support you through the entire process. Your transition specialist is a fully licensed individual with considerable prior experience as either a financial advisor or as a sales assistant. You also have a dedicated Transition Team ready to help you manage all of the day-to-day details.

Our Transition Program includes:


  • Transition checklists
  • Dedicated Transition Team and Relationship Management Associate
  • Planning sessions to map out transition requirements
  • Training on all Raymond James software and web-based tools
  • Corporate Support Services orientation (Back office)
  • Orientations with various key Department Managers
  • Account opening/transfer support


    We have assisted thousands of Advisors in transitioning their business to our firm across North America. Our team of experts is ready to make your transition as painless and as efficient as possible.

    Hear what some of our partners have to say about their transition to Raymond James

    Transition Team

    Thomas Raidl

    Chief Administrative Officer, Private Client Group, PCG Administration
    Raymond James Ltd.

    As Chief Administrative Officer, Private Client Group, Thomas is responsible for the administration of the more than 120 Private Client Branch offices of Raymond James Ltd. across Canada. Thomas joined Raymond James in 1995 as Controller. His responsibilities expanded in 1999 when he became SVP, Operations and Administration and in 2005 when he was named SVP, Private Client Group & National Director, Independent Financial Services. Thomas is located in our Vancouver corporate office. He has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of British Columbia and is a Chartered Accountant. He has previously been a member of the Financial Administrators Section of the IDA and is a member of the BC Regional Committee of IIAC.

    Olga Tonitto

    VP, PCG Services
    Raymond James Ltd.

    As VP, Private Client Group, Olga is responsible for the oversight and administration of the Transition Services and Investment Services Centre divisions of Raymond James Ltd. Olga joined the firm in 2015 as a Transitions Team Supervisor drawing on over 10 years of investment banking industry experience in the branch retail environment. In 2018 she became Manager of the Transition Services Team quickly expanding on her responsibilities and fully assuming Transition Team management on a daily basis. In March 2020 Olga was presented with an opportunity to take on managing another team within Private Client Group and she gladly accepted the challenge. Olga was first appointed as AVP, PCG Services and soon after assumed her current role. Prior to joining Raymond James she has worked in other organizations such as BMO Private Wealth, Scotia Wealth Management and CIBC Wood Gundy. In her career, Olga was aligned with one PM who transitioned from Scotia Wealth Management to CIBC Wood Gundy and brings a wealth of experience and firsthand knowledge in order to manage the journey of Financial Advisors onboarding to Raymond James.