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Frank Vanden Broek, CFP®

Advisor, Sun Life Financial

Frank has been a practicing financial advisor for over 15 years. He helps his individual and small business owner clients, better understand their investments. With a keen focus on retirement income planning, Frank also helps them better manage risk while paying less tax, through the development of customized financial plans. By working together, they create a personalized financial strategy, including insurance and investment solutions. Frank’s goal is to help all his clients build their savings, while protecting them from unexpected financial burdens. An active member of Advocis, Frank currently sits on the Kootenay Chapter board, holding the position of Professional Conduct Chair.

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Mike Richard

National VP Corporate Accounts, Wealth Sales, Manulife Financial

Mike’s financial services career spans over two decades. In 2004, he joined the distribution area of Manulife Financial’s Canadian Division where he has held positions of increasing responsibility. In his current role, Mike is the key relationship manager within the Key Accounts area, where he supports MGAs and National Account firms for segregated funds. Mike helps these Manulife partners achieve their business goals and objectives, while identifying business development opportunities and overall enhancing Key Account relationships.

Arthur Fish, Lawyer

Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Arthur is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and the Manager of the Toronto Regional Family Wealth Counsel Practice. Arthur’s primary areas of practice are advising commercial fiduciaries on issues of mental capacity and estate law; mental capacity and substitute decision making; the creation and operation of commercial trusts; charities and estate planning and administration. He also has a rapidly growing mediation practice focused on estate, trust and guardianship disputes. Arthur is a popular speaker, writer and is currently a member of the OSC’s Seniors Expert Advisory Committee.

Ellen Bessner, Lawyer

Babin Bessner Spry LLP

Ellen Bessner joined and formed Babin Bessner Spry LLP in 2014 following 25 years of practice on Bay Street with prominent Canadian law firms. She is a leader in securities defence of advisors and dealers in both regulatory proceedings at MFDA, FSCO, IIROC, OSC and in court, when sued on issues of suitability and employment law. Ellen is the author of the bestselling book Advisor at Risk: a roadmap to protecting your business and has written the sequel Communication Risk: how to bridge the client-advisor gap to protect and grow your business. A sought after speaker, Ellen has addressed Canadian financial services professionals all across Canada including many Advocis chapters. Because of her expertise advising on issues concerning senior clients, Ellen was appointed to the OSC’s Seniors Expert Advisory Committee from 2016-2018.

Jason Heath, CFP®

Managing Director, Objective Financial Partners

Since 2001, Jason has provided fee-only, advice-only financial planning and is one of Canada’s best-known fee-only financial planners. He is a personal finance columnist for the Financial Post, MoneySense, and Canadian MoneySaver. He is also a contributor for RetireHappy.ca. Jason has a particular interest in working with clients who have complex planning issues, including business owners and Canadian expatriates in other countries.

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