Our story

How we came to be

Ours is a story of two exceptional firms — both with a history of success — who came together in 2009, combining their individual strengths, perspectives and experience.

James Richardson & Sons (JRSL) dates back to 1857 when the company started as a one-man grain merchandising operation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. By the mid-1920s, JRSL had grown into a respected, multi-enterprise corporation, with successful operations in financial services, agriculture and food processing, energy exploration, and property management.

From early days, JRSL maintained a strong presence in Canada’s investment community, through Richardson Greenshields and later, Richardson Partners Financial. Their name has always been known for integrity, trust, leadership and excellence; and to this day they are still driven by the same pioneering spirit.

GMP Capital Inc. (GMP) is a leading diversified financial services firm, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, and offering a wide range of financial products and services in three integrated reporting segments: Capital Markets, Wealth Management and Alternative Investments. Founded on the principles of entrepreneurship, accountability, partnership, and a spirit of creative disruption, GMP’s motto is: “Who Dares, Wins.” After all, you don’t get to be one of Canada’s leading independent financial services firms by sitting still.

Together, we leverage the knowledge and experience that comes with having a long history, while, at the same time, we confidently and responsibly trailblaze our way into the future.