Director, Associate Advisor Program, Manulife Financial
For Neil Ouditt, the appeal of Windsor as a place to attend university in Canada was obvious.
"If I'm not in Vancouver, the warmest part of Canada is Windsor!" jokes the
On a more serious note, Windsor's appeal to Mr. Ouditt went far beyond its climatewarm
though it is, by Canadian standards. He was drawn to Windsor by a desire to study at the
school's business school, which is widely known in the Caribbean, he says.
The degree Mr. Ouditt completed at Windsora BA in economicsproved to be a
stepping-stone to his current career. He began working in financial services right after
his graduation, and was eventually hired by Manulife Financial.
Toronto-based Manulife, with its market capitalization of more than $55 billion (Cdn.),
ranks as the fourth-largest insurance firm in the world.
Mr. Ouditt's work at Manulife has made him a sought-after speaker in the North American
financial services industry. As the creator and architect of the company's Associate
Advisor Program, he has done a lot of work on developing succession plans for senior
financial advisorsfor example, working on strategies for bringing new financial planners
into the business and developing coaching and mentoring programs for them, grooming them
as senior financial advisors. Since he first started working on the program, Manulife's
rate of retention of financial advisors has increased dramatically.
Mr. Ouditt intends to keep working in the financial services in Canada, which he now considers
his home; he's been a Canadian citizen for about 15 years.
He also feels a strong sense of loyalty to the University of Windsor, and serves on its
Alumni board of directors.
"I have a huge affection for Windsor, and I would recommend it to anyone," he says.
Especially as an international student, far from home and in a different culture,
he liked its small, friendly campus.
"I loved going to school there," he says. "It was very easy to meet people. It was a
nice start and a nice way to be brought into the community."