A Tradition of Client Service and Integrity

Our History

The Wood Gundy partnership opened its doors for business in Toronto on February 1, 1905, specializing in underwriting and distributing municipal and provincial bonds. Its young founders, George Herbert Wood and James Henry Gundy, envisioned a financial services firm built on innovation, integrity and strong client relationships – values that the firm still upholds today.

At a time when Canada was a country of savers, not investors, and financial management was largely restricted to corporations and the very wealthy, Wood and Gundy emerged as pioneers in the investment industry. The firm took an active role in the organization of Victory Loans during World War I and helped place war bonds in the hands of over one million Canadians.

With the rapid economic growth following the Second World War came increasing demand for sophisticated financial management expertise. Wood Gundy established itself as one of Canada's premier investment firms, financing new Canadian projects and providing investment advice to individual investors across the country.

Acquired by CIBC in 1988, what is now known as CIBC Wood Gundy has created a legacy of helping generations of Canadians meet their financial goals.

Today, CIBC Wood Gundy is the retail division of CIBC World Markets Inc., the corporate and investment banking arm of CIBC, a full-service global financial institution.

The Schmidt Investment Group is an elite wealth management team operating within CIBC Wood Gundy. To ensure CIBC Wood Gundy’s name remains synonymous with trust, excellent service and investment expertise, we at The Schmidt Investment Group uphold the standards first envisioned by George Wood and James Gundy over a century ago.



About CIBC

Our History

CIBC is a leading Canadian-based global financial institution with total assets of over $565 billion and market capitalization of close to $50 billion. Through our two major operating groups, CIBC Retail Markets and Wholesale Banking, CIBC provides a full range of financial products and services to more than 11 million individuals, small businesses, corporations and institutional clients in Canada and around the world. We have over 44,000 employees dedicated to helping our clients achieve what matters to them, delivering consistent and sustainable performance for our shareholders and giving back to our communities.

CIBC Retail Markets

CIBC Retail Markets comprises CIBC's personal banking, business banking and wealth management businesses. We provide a full range of financial products and services to personal and business clients in Canada, as well as investment management services globally to retail and institutional clients in Hong Kong, Singapore and the Caribbean. In addition, we offer a full range of financial services to clients in 17 regional markets in the Caribbean through FirstCaribbean International Bank.

Wholesale Banking

CIBC World Markets Inc. is the wholesale banking arm of CIBC. In contrast to Retail Markets which focuses more on individuals and smaller businesses, Wholesale Banking deals with larger institutions such as governments, pension funds and large corporations. We provide a wide range of credit, capital markets, investment banking, merchant banking and research products and services in Canada and in key markets around the world.