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Brigitte Gascon

Brigitte Gascon

B.Sc., MBA — Senior Vice President, Development

Optimum Asset Management Inc. is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Brigitte Gascon as Senior Vice President, Development.

Ms. Gascon, who leads the marketing and development activities for the firm’s institutional management services in Canada, has more than 25 years of experience in business development and sales team management.

Optimum Asset Management, founded in 1985, is an Optimum Group subsidiary. Our experts manage $8.5 billion of assets in Canada on behalf of institutional and private wealth clients.


Robert Laughton

Robert Laughton

Vice President – Institutional Client Services

From our Montreal office, Robert will provide FGP’s highest standard of client service to clients in Quebec. He will also promote FGP’s capabilities to Quebec’s consulting community.

Robert joins FGP with 35 years of experience, including 20 years managing fixed income portfolios, both U.S. and Canadian, and six years working as an investment consultant.

Robert’s career began in 1981 when he joined Royal Trust as an analyst in their Treasury department. His experience since then has included the roles of Vice President, U.S. Fixed Income at Manulife Financial; Managing Director at Bear Stearns & Co.; and Senior Associate at Jarislowsky, Fraser Ltd. He was most recently Associate Partner – Investment Consulting at Aon Hewitt. Robert graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Art degree.


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