George is committed to helping families and individuals retire in an increasingly complex and volatile investment environment. His main focus is the development of customized financial plans that convert technical knowledge into proven, practical, and actionable strategies.
A 22-year veteran of financial services, George has been serving clients since 2001 at independent investment dealers before joining Raymond James in June of 2016. Prior to becoming a financial professional, George was an Interprovincial Journeyman Machinist, and ran a small business with over 25 employees for 10 years. George is a Chartered Investment Manager, Certified Financial Planner, Certified International Wealth Manager, Financial Management Advisor, and a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute. No matter how many certificates hang on his wall, he will never forget that success in the investment industry comes from three things: an ability to focus on the client, see the solutions with clarity, and deliver results with commitment.
George grew up in Brandon, Manitoba, where he chose to help on his grandmother's farm at a young age. This experience taught him fundamental life lessons about planning, focus, being detail-oriented, changing environments, and ensuring enough food and supplies for the long, brutal winters. In his spare time, George enjoys golfing and traveling. He donates his time to various charities and sits on the Easter Seals Alberta Board.
In If Money Could Talk, George tackles the subject of money in the context of real life situations: aging parents, divorce, blended families, market meltdowns, children who don't leave home (or who come back with babies in tow), health challenges, real estate mistakes, golden handshakes and business opportunities – just to name a few. With wry humour and tongue-in-cheek anecdotes, he shares his wit and wisdom on how to tick the right boxes, pay the least taxes and give your heirs the fewest headaches possible. Request a copy.
"I did receive your book and found it very easy to read and understand. I loaned my copy to a colleague at work who was considering options for a retirement buyout. As it turns out, she reconsidered her decision based on what she read and saved herself thousands of dollars by just doing the homework that you suggested. In addition, I thought the chapter on the bucket system was brilliant. In the course of my job I was recently asked to sit on a panel to discuss retirement from our company. I referred to your book at the session and 8 copies were given away to the attendees through a draw.
If my husband and I lived in Edmonton, we would have made an appointment with you or Scott to review our financial portfolio and future goals. :) "
The most widely recognized financial planning designation in Canada and worldwide, the Certified Financial Planner® designation provides assurance to Canadians that the design of their financial future rests with a professional who will put their clients’ interests ahead of their own. CFP certification is considered the standard for the financial planning profession worldwide. CFP professionals have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, experience and ethics to examine their clients’ entire financial picture, at the highest level of complexity required of the profession, and work with their clients to build a financial plan so that they can Live Life Confidently™.
We each come to the table with a different perspective, allowing us to deliver well-rounded and elevated strategies for our clients.