Our History


Guardian Capital Group has been an active player in the investment community for more than 50 years. In that half-century, we've earned a reputation for building wealth year by year – client by client, one trusted relationship at a time. Let us put our history to work for you.


Our Timeline

1962

Guardian Founded

Norman Short, Ralph Horner and Alan Grieve launch Guardian Management Ltd., which is later renamed Guardian Capital Group Ltd. or "Guardian", planting the seeds for the predecessor company that is known today as Guardian Capital LP.

1969

Initial Public Offering

Guardian Management completes its IPO and trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange as Gdn. Management Limited, becoming one of the first investment counselling firms in Canada to be publically traded.

1973

A New Name

Gdn. Management Limited is renamed as Guardian Capital Group Limited.

1981

John Christodoulou Joins Guardian

John Christodoulou joins the Board of Directors of Guardian Capital Group, planting the seeds for the predecessor company that is known today as Guardian Capital LP.

1986

Guardian Group of Funds Created

Guardian Group of Funds (GGOF) Ltd. is created to provide management, administration and marketing for open-ended mutual funds through independent financial advisors in Canada.

1987

John Christodoulou Named As CEO

Norman Short retires and John Christodoulou, who had been involved with the company since the mid-1970s and was on the Board of Directors since 1981, is appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Capital Group Limited.

1989

Worldsource Founded

Worldsource Financial Services Inc. is formed as a mutual fund dealership and in 1996, it merges with Capital Management Group to form Worldsource Financial Management Inc., one of Canada´s largest independent mutual fund dealers.

1989

Guardian Offers Non-Canadian Mandates

Guardian sub-advises the portfolio management of its U.S. and International equity portfolios to external foreign asset managers.

1990

Alexandria Bancorp Formed

Guardian forms Alexandria Bancorp, a fully-licensed Schedule B bank in Cayman Islands that provides trust and corporate administration, investment management and banking services for international clients.

1992

Private Wealth Services Begin

Guardian Global Bancorp is founded as a provider of customized investment services for high net worth clients and is subsequently renamed Guardian Capital Advisors Inc. in 1999.

2001

Guardian Group of Funds Sold to BMO

Guardian´s mutual fund business, Guardian Group of Funds Ltd., is sold to the Bank of Montreal.

2002

Growing Capabilities

Guardian brings non-Canadian equity portfolio management capabilities in-house and in 2006, ends its sub-advisory portfolio management relationships with external foreign asset managers.

2002

Worldsource Expands

Guardian´s financial advisory business is expanded to include a securities dealer with the launch of Worldsource Securities Inc. (WSI), whose agency model allows financial advisors to run their own practices under contract with WSI.

2003

Alexandria Trust Created

To complement our Cayman Islands-based international operations, Alexandria Trust Corporation is created in Barbados to provide trust and corporate administration services.

2004

Acquisition of Insurance Distributor

Worldsource purchases Trowbridge Insurance Networks to form Worldsource Insurance Network (WIN) Inc., which provides insurance-related services to independent insurance agents with its core businesses of life insurance policies and segregated funds.

2005

Guardian Ethical Management Established

Guardian Ethical Management (GEM) is established as a joint venture between Guardian and the Ethical Funds Company, bringing together the institutional investment expertise of Guardian and the responsible investment screening process of the Ethical Fund Company to offer sustainable investment products and services to institutional and retail clients.

2011

Worldsource Insurance Network Merges with IDC

This merger results in the formation of IDC Worldsource Insurance Network Inc., one of the largest life insurance managing general agencies in Canada.

2011

George Mavroudis, CEO

John Christodoulou passes away and George Mavroudis is appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Guardian Capital Group, and becomes a member of the Board of Directors.

2012

Celebrating 50 years

Guardian Capital Group Limited celebrates its 50th anniversary, since its initial founding on January 18, 1962.

2014

Acquisition of GuardCap

Guardian Capital Group Limited acquires boutique emerging markets equity firm based in London, UK.

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