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Investment Planning Counsel Advisors Benefit from New Online Web Training and Conference Service
iLinc tool empowers advisors to continue education and expand skill set

Toronto, June 16, 2005 — Financial advisors with Investment Planning Counsel can now take advantage of a state-of-the-art online service designed to deliver high quality, just-in time training and collaboration with colleagues, fostering an environment of continuing education and further enabling advisors to do what they do best — create the right blend of total financial solutions personally suited to their clients’ needs. 

iLinc is an innovative web conferencing and training software program that allows Investment Planning Counsel advisors to interact in a live environment via the Internet or company intranet.  By simply using an Internet-enabled desktop or laptop computer with Microsoft PowerPoint, advisors can learn from and interact with other employees across the country.

iLinc has four main products or functions: LearnLinc – a training program where advisors can participate in live online training sessions and learn from a real instructor via web conferencing; MeetingLinc – to help advisors conduct online meetings with web conferencing; ConferenceLinc – for advisors to conduct or watch and listen to live online presentations; and SupportLinc – for advisors to obtain remote technical support. 

“Our more than 550 advisors are the cornerstone of our business, and we’re committed to giving them the knowledge and tools they need to help investors achieve their financial goals,” said Chris Reynolds, President, Investment Planning Counsel.  “The majority of our advisors are veterans who have more than ten years’ experience, yet we believe it’s critical for them — and industry newcomers — to continue to learn about economic trends, financial products and services, and the vision and values of our company, so they can provide their clients with the 360-degree approach to financial planning that we believe in.”  

iLinc saves advisors time and money by eliminating both the travel and associated expenses incurred when attending training sessions and meetings.  iLinc also gives Investment Planning Counsel advisors the tools to train colleagues and support staff within a local branch or office environment by using existing computers and Internet connections.

Advisors use two main iLinc components: The Communications Center, a Web site where users can view the LearnLinc course catalogue, register for a course, use course materials, and join live classes, meetings, conferences or support rooms.  The iLinc Client provides an online work area and session tools, including audio conferencing, breakout groups, a whiteboard to post information, a synchronized web browser, text chat, and application sharing capabilities.

Another benefit is easy access to in-depth training on IPC Advisor Connect — a separate client management, communication, reporting and marketing tool for advisors designed to help them drive assets under management, build stronger client relationships and streamline business processes.  Better knowledge of IPC Advisor Connect can help advisors learn when it is appropriate to offer insurance or estate planning products and services to clients versus banking or credit card products, delivering the right products and services to clients at the right time.

“Financial planning is more than building an investment portfolio.  Our advisors work with their clients to provide the very best solutions whether it’s for a mortgage, chequing account, life insurance and even RESPs for a child’s education,” said Reynolds.  “That’s why our goal is to provide our advisors with the tools to continue the education process and to make their day-to-day activities as simple and effective as possible, giving them more time to focus on what really matters – the client.”

About Investment Planning Counsel

Investment Planning Counsel is an integrated wealth management company focused on providing Canadians with the best in financial products, services and advice to help them achieve their financial dreams. Investment Planning Counsel has developed a strategy that marries the needs of the planners with that of the company. Investment Planning Counsel's intent is to be the premier choice among financial planners who are dedicated to serving the needs of their clients.

Investment Planning Counsel is a member of the IGM Financial Inc. (TSX: IGM) group of companies.

For more information:

Catharine Marion
Environics Communications
P: 416-969-2809
E : cmarion@environicspr.com

Disclaimer: The information contained herein is for AB, BC, MB, NB, NS, NL, ON, PEI, QC and SK residents only and does not constitute an offer to sell or solicit sales in any other Canadian or foreign jurisdictions.