Gluskin Sheff + Associates is one of the first Canadian private wealth management companies founded. GS manages investment portfolios for high net worth clients as well as institutional investors, foundations and municipalities. They claim to be “Stubbornly unconventional”. Founded in 1984 by Ira Gluskin and Gerald Sheff and 24 other private clients, the company is still owned at 26% by senior management and employees. I can appreciate the fact that 26% of shareholders have an even bigger interest in the well being of a company than the average investor. For these people, GS is their whole financial life.