In 1994, I traded in my hammer and saw for a new set of tools. After 10 years renovating homes, I embarked on a new career in financial planning. Renovating homes was rewarding, but I couldn't face the prospect of working through yet another cold Canadian winter. So I set off to Toronto to learn my new trade and even though the environment couldn't have been more different, the lessons I had learned in the previous decade would be a huge benefit in the years to come.
The renovations I performed always involved tearing down existing structures. Opening up walls, highlights the benefits of careful planning and prudent construction. It's easy to work on a well-built home with a solid foundation. On the flip side, I saw many examples of shoddy building that led to modifications, cost overruns and missed deadlines. The reasons for the "tear down" were different for each job (structural problems, updating to code, or simply homeowners wanting a change). The tricky part was that until you opened up the wall, you were never entirely sure what conditions you were going to face. Once you busted through the dry wall, you had passed the point of no return. (A great way to learn problem solving skills)
In one of my current roles I help our clients "tear-down" their estate plans. Whether you know it or not, you already have an estate plan in place, and chances are it is not "exactly" what you want. The good news is that we don't have to bust any drywall to fix it. How can I be so sure that your estate plan needs to be renovated?
1) Structure - some plans simply don't accomplish what YOU want
2) Updating to code - taxes and laws change over time, your plans need to adapt
3) Life - has anything changed since your last estate plan (family, finances, feelings?)
Regional Director, Insurance, Western Canada for Manulife Securities Insurance Inc.
Role is to work with Financial Advisors to increase their understanding and knowledge with respect to insurance based solutions. As an understanding of Estates is essential to proper planning, I include educational opportunities that include estate planning as much as possible.
I am a Certified Senior Advisor and LLQP licensed.
Letitia began her career in the financial industry working as a part-time student in 1998. Over the years she has filled many roles in the industry, and has obtained an MBA at McMaster University. She loves engaging students while teaching select business courses at a local university and has extended the love of teaching to her clients, educating them and encouraging them to build their dreams.
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A civil litigator and expert in dispute resolution, Harold advises clients on business disputes and financial issues, including allegations of breaches of contracts, negligence and other financial matters.
Harold has a unique perspective, in that he represents both advisors and their clients. On the one hand, he advises stockbrokers, mutual fund representatives, insurance agents and financial planners (and their respective corporate entities) on liability, compliance, regulatory, errors and omissions insurance and commercial issues. On the other hand, he sues stockbrokers, mutual fund representatives, insurance agents and financial planners to recoup client losses arising from advisor negligence or to recover life insurance, annuities and disability benefits when insurers fail to pay claims.
Harold is a well-known financial industry commentator, a continuing education provider for various insurers, investment and mutual fund dealers, and financial industry licensing organizations. He is a co-administrator of www.foradivsorsonly.com. He is a member of the Financial Planners Standards Council's committee reviewing FPSC's Standards and Ethics. He has been a consultant to the Advocis Best Practices Committee, is a member of the Best Practices Committee for Advocis's Ottawa Chapter and sits on the OSC Investor Advisory Panel.
Harold is also a member of Conference of Advanced Life Underwriting Associate Member and a member of the Financial Planning Standards Council. He is an elected council member of the Canadian Bar Association Ontario and the Regional Representative on the Ontario Bar Association's Class Action Section Executive Committee. He is a member numerous legal associations, including the County of Carleton Law Association.
Harold obtained his Bachelor of Arts from Queen's University, and his law degree from Dalhousie Law School. He was called to the Ontario Bar in 1993.
To always live by the "Get By Giving" philosophy.
To always make my client's #1 goal, my #1 goal.
To always live up to my standards despite temptations to lower them.
To always be willing to work toward a common good.
To always do what I say I will do, sometimes more, just never less.
Susan has been involved in the investment industry for over
10 years and has been a Branch Manager with DW Good Investment Co Ltd since
Susan is also a certified life coach and public speaker.
Steve is a CFP (Certified Financial Planner), R.F.P. (Registered Financial Planner) and CEA (Certified Executor Advisor). We know that today, good financial advice is more important than ever. Steve insures all clients have a disciplined investment process and a personal financial plan that touches on all their financial needs. We take a long-term approach to planning. We believe that with a detailed plan, reviewed and updated regularly, you will have the financial resources to realize your goals and stay on track.