Willy Bagnell was born and raised in Ottawa where he has worked and lived most of his life. His career has been one of leadership and contribution to this great community. He was educated at Algonquin College and attended the Harvard leadership program. His academic credentials also include numerous financial designations/courses from the Canadian Securities Institute including the Canadian Securities Course Conduct and Practices Handbook Course and the Professional Financial Planning course. In addition has completed both levels of insurance programs in Ontario. Mr. Bagnell is licensed to conduct insurance and investment business by the insurance and investments regulators. In 1988 Willy joined a major Canadian business publication, the Ottawa Business News, now known as Ottawa Business Journal. Mr. Bagnell was the General Manager and Publisher. In January 1994, Willy Bagnell became the President of the Ottawa Board of Trade. Since beginning his duties with the Board of Trade, Willy was instrumental in revitalizing the 150-year-old chamber of commerce. In January 1998, Willy joined Ottawa Career Schools Inc. as the Chief Executive Officer. His exceptional marketing, communications and government relation's talents led him to accept the challenge of operating the top franchise of the Toronto School of Business chain. Willy has over 15 years of experience in the financial services industry and now works with IPC Securities Corporation (Investment Planning Counsel) in Ottawa as an Financial Advisor. Willy’s community work revolves around his fundamental belief that one must put something back into the city you live and work in. It is with this philosophy in mind that he has served the Variety Club of Ottawa where he was its Chief Barker (Chair) for 2 terms in addition to serving a term as the Treasurer. As well, he has served as a member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Marketing committee of the Ottawa Economic Development Corporation and as a member of the National Capital Transportation Task Force. In 2004 Willy received the prestigious “Order of Ottawa” for his tremendous contributions to the region’s economic development and in 2010 was awarded the Mayors medallion by then Mayor Larry O’Brien for outstanding service to Ottawa. Willy has also been active in the Eastern Ontario Chamber of Commerce serving as a member of the Executive Board and as Chairman. His other community activities have included membership on the Board of Governors of the Child/Youth Friendly Capital initiative, Chair of the Ottawa Casino Task Force and the Chair of the South Nepean Youth Initiative. He has served two terms as Chair of the Board of Directors of the David Smith Youth Treatment Centre. In 2005, Willy became a member of the Board of Management of the Barrhaven BIA. In 2006, Willy became the Chairman of the Ottawa Community Loan Fund. Willy is married to Lorraine and loves animals.
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