Our Financial Specialists are always in your corner. Our interests are aligned with yours. We’re not in the business of selling products—we’re delivering outcomes. Our appreciation and understanding of educator-specific challenges means that together, we’ll build the right financial path to help you meet your life goals.
Educators helped Judy and me realize our retirement dreams of spending winters on our sailboat in the Bahamas.
Not only did Educators assist with my goals, they also helped to kick-start the financial future of my children!
I like how they really understand our members, which means advice on cash flow, pension, and other things, that they can count on.
Ahmed brings a world of experience to his position at Educators – literally. After studying economics in Lausanne, Switzerland, and living in Dubai, Qatar and Egypt, he decided to build his future in Canada. With the Canadian Securities Course, Personal Financial Planner designation, and 7 years working with RBC under his belt, he now helps others create their futures as well. “Canada welcomed me almost 10 years ago and ever since I’ve tried to give back, providing advice to help Canadians grow their assets, maximize their retirement income and achieve their lifetime goals.” Ahmed’s grandfather was the Dean of a college, giving him an insider’s perspective of the education community. He is also fully bilingual in French and English. Ahmed appreciates Educators’ focus on the community and how it provides valuable, in-depth advice around issues unique to the education community, such as understanding the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and OMERS pension, and navigating pension income gaps.Email Ahmed
Amedeo is a financial switch hitter, providing his clients with a rare depth of experience acquired over 20 years in not one, but two complex fields – insurance and mortgages. Whether delivering superior client experience at branch level or providing solutions to meet clients’ long-term financial goals for one of Canada’s largest banks, his forte has consistently been achieving superior client experience through advice-driven client discussions. “To me, the most satisfying thing about the job is providing advice that truly meets a client’s needs”, he says. “And that can only be the result of sitting down with the person and discussing where they are now, and their goals for down the road.” Amedeo has taken the Canadian Securities Course and Life License Qualification Program, and has taken courses for the General Insurance License. He holds a Bachelor of Business Management, and has earned the Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designation.Email Amedeo
Brad knows all about the unique challenges faced by education members, dealing with specific financial questions, stretching a budget and raising a family. His wife is a teacher, and their young son will soon be going to school. Brad combines this personal understanding with specific training and experience in the financial sector, in order to help Educators’ clients. He holds a Diploma in Financial Services from Mohawk College, is currently working on his CFP® designation, and has worked for seven years in financial planning for RBC and Scotiabank. “I love being able to find unique ways to help my clients reach their goals. I also love meeting new people from a wide range of backgrounds.” Brad chose to work at Educators Financial Group because “Educators offers something special to our clients, which is a unique understanding of their needs.” With Brad’s background, we’re sure his clients would agree.Email Brad
Education members working with Chris Knoch truly have the best of both worlds. As he worked as a teacher for 32 years, Chris knows first-hand about an educator’s financial challenges, and the importance of financial literacy. “As a teacher I witnessed the gaping void in educating our youth in the area of financial literacy, therefore my favourite aspect of working in the financial field is educating clients of all ages in the intricacies of the financial world”, he says. Now, as an Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) and experienced Mortgage Agent, he combines this personal insight into educators’ needs with an in-depth and specialized education in mortgages and the real estate market. Working at Educators, Chris has found that there is a “team atmosphere, which creates an atmosphere of ease and camaraderie as we all strive to assist our clients.”Email Chris
With over 15 years of experience in the financial industry, 8 of which spent working specifically with education members, Dan enjoys helping people achieve their financial goals. Dan completed his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, Canadian Securities Course, Financial Planning I and II, Wealth Management Essentials and the Conduct and Practices Course. While he’s now calling Brooklin home, he lived south of the border for some time working as a Financial Advisor for a large American firm. Dan says his “passion for helping people” and his “keen interest in financial planning” led him to choose his current career path. A path that has not only led him to Educators Financial Group, but also to volunteer with the Junior Achievement Program, where he applies both his passion and expertise to increase the financial literacy of our youth. Dan also volunteers with FP Canada, assisting with scoring the Certified Financial Planner exam.Email Dan
With 15 years of experience in the financial industry, Darryl brings specialized knowledge in the realms of pension and retirement plans, in addition to his proven ability to offer sound, strategic advice on a wide range of other financial planning areas. Darryl has a diploma in Business Administration from Algonquin College in Ottawa, a Registered Retirement Consultant designation from the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning, as well as a Life Insurance License from the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. He is currently working towards achieving his CFP designation. As for what he enjoys most about working with the education community, “I would have to say it’s educating the educators… helping them to clarify and prioritize their financial goals, then implement a plan of action.” Darryl can answer your needs in both French and English.Email Darryl
David acquired a passion for finance in university where he decided to specialize in Financial Economics while earning his Honours Bachelor of Science at U of T. After gaining experience in risk management through the mining sector and the provincial government, David moved into a financial advisory role at Scotiabank while obtaining his CSC, RFRA and CFP®. There he saw the true value of his advice as he watched his clients progress towards their ideal financial future.
As a Certified Financial Planner professional at Educators, he’s looking forward to applying his experience and knowledge in empowering education members to make good financial decisions and increase their financial literacy as “they are integral to the shaping of our youth and the future of our country”. Outside of work, he directs his passion for learning towards traveling the world and exploring other cultures.Email David
A resident of Orleans, Ottawa, Ed comes to Educators Financial Group from BMO Nesbitt Burns. After 20 years of helping people from all walks of life achieve their financial goals, he’s enjoying working specifically with education members. “It’s an opportunity to apply my skills to a unique group, which I believe is underserved by the financial community”, he says. A believer in ongoing education, he has his Financial Planner 1 and 2, Personal Financial Planner certification, Canadian Securities Course, and is taking his Certified Financial Planner certification. A father of two, Ed says, “serving the education community is a way to say thanks for their service to our children and communities.”Email Ed
With a passion for putting financial plans into action, it’s no surprise that Certified Financial Planner professional Franc Oliveri is a big fan of Warren Buffet quotes. One of his favourites is “In the world of business, the people who are most successful are those who are doing what they love.” Before joining Educators, Franc put his love of the financial field to work at Scotiabank, providing proactive planning and advice so individuals and families could put their finances on autopilot and focus on other aspects of their lives. He is pleased to be at Educators, because he believes it provides incomparable service to education members who work so hard in the formation and development of others.Email Franc
Graham has had a lifelong link to the education community. Not only did he grow up in a household headed by educators, but after getting his Bachelor of Science and MBA at Niagara University, he’s taught at and continues to work with Niagara College’s School of Business. Before joining Educators Financial Group, Graham worked for over six years with TD Canada Trust and Meridian Credit Union, where he used his Personal Financial Planner (PFP) designation to empower his clients to achieve their goals. He is currently working towards getting his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. Graham is looking forward to working with Educators’ clients. “Having been raised by educators, I understand the sacrifices the education community makes for the growth and development of our future generations. I look forward to giving back to the community that gave and continues to give me so much, so I can help enrich their lives like they did for me.”Email Graham
When it comes to knowing educators firsthand, Jim Wanamaker has an advantage—he comes from a family of educators. Jim brings many years of experience in financial planning, retirement counselling, and investment advice. Prior to joining our team, he was a Financial Services Manager at one of the largest banks in Canada and has also worked for a leading insurance company. Jim holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Windsor, a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Guelph and the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation. What advantages does he bring to his clients? “It’s the fact I understand the financial concerns of our client. This enables me to recognize their needs, and assist them in attaining their personal financial goals.”Email Jim
In addition to being an educational advocate, Karen brings to the team over 20 years of financial specialist experience – spending a good part of that time as an advisor with the Private Wealth Management Division of a major financial institution. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and has her Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. When describing what she enjoys most about working at Educators Financial Group, Karen says, “it’s definitely sitting down with clients – helping them to employ wealth-building strategies and build effective financial plans for life events.”Email Karen
Lisa’s love for knowledge and comprehensive background in the finance and investment sector enables her to provide educators with the sound financial solutions they’re looking for with the right combination of smarts, and heart. The ‘smarts’ comes from 15 years experience in several roles within the financial services sector. Having graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Economics, Lisa has also obtained her Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Financial Management Advisor (FMA), and Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) designations. She completed the Registered Retirement Consultant designation through the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning. Lisa’s love for knowledge and dedication to learning motivated her to join the Junior Achievement Program.Email Lisa
Raised in Vancouver and educated at University of Toronto, Marian’s 25-year career in the financial industry has spanned both cities. Prior to joining Educators Financial Group, she provided investment advice, financial planning, and management of portfolios to physicians and their families. When she started at Educators in 2002, Marian recalls that she was one of only two financial planners. A Certified Financial Planner professional (CFP), Marian has taken the Canadian Securities Course, Registered Representative Exam, and has earned Financial Management Advisor (FMA), Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI), and Registered Retirement Consultant (RRC) designations. “One of the great satisfactions of the job”, says Marian, “is finding out what makes our clients unique, and finding solutions that satisfy their needs.”
Michail Tsirikos is all about focusing on goals. In his spare time, he’s an avid soccer player and coach who shows his team how to score. And professionally, for the past 6 years at Educators Financial Group, he’s honed his skills as a Customer Service Rep, Account Manager, and now Senior Financial Advisor, to help his clients reach their financial goals. Certified as a Personal Financial Planner, his own goals include completing the CFP® certification, and then moving on to become a Chartered Financial Analyst. Michail believes that being a member-driven institution helps to make Educators unique. “Being part of a community and looking out for one another is great”, he says. He looks forward to continuing to make a difference in his clients’ lives and knowing they are on the right path.Email Michail
Early retirement. Pay grids. Pension income fluctuations. Mike Cunningham understands that education members have a lot of financial considerations, and that navigating it all can be puzzling. Using his education and experience to help clients solve the puzzle of their financial situation is what he enjoys most about the job. His qualifications help. In addition to taking the LLQP (Life License Qualification Program), Mike is a Certified Financial Planner professional (CFP) and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM). He brings over 10 years of experience working with Edward Jones and Sun Life Financial to Educators Financial Group, and is looking forward to working with educators. As he says, “Educators are knowledgeable, detail-oriented clients. They understand that knowledge is power, and are fully engaged in making the most of their investments.”Email Mike
After graduating from York University with a degree in Economics, Robert worked in the IT industry for a few years before shifting gears to become a Financial Consultant with Investors Group Financial Services. An avid Formula 1 Racing fan, he has a ‘track record’ of helping families build their financial future and plan for retirement. At Educators, he says he is looking forward to helping “a unique and intelligent group of professionals” with all their financial needs. Have questions about retiring? Talk to Robert – as well as being a Certified Financial Planner professional, he is a Registered Retirement Consultant, whose retirement dream is to follow the Formula 1 on its global tour!Email Robert
Shannon knows how to make a dream become a reality. Growing up, she had two dreams: becoming a teacher, and working in the business world. Today, she has achieved both, through a career where she teaches clients about the business of finances. She has her RFRA® (Registered Financial and Retirement Advisor) designation from the Canadian Institute of Financial Planning, is working towards becoming a CFP® (Certified Financial Planner), and aims to ultimately become a CFA® (Chartered Financial Analyst).
Working as a Financial Advisor at Scotiabank, she developed in depth knowledge of borrowing and investing. She has chosen to work with Educators Financial Group because, “Some of the most influential people in my life have been my teachers. Working for a company that has the teaching community’s best interests at heart really drew me in.” Shannon looks forward to helping her clients at Educators achieve their dreams.Email Shanon
Andy is an experienced director of corporate and not-for-profit entities. He is currently a consultant and advisor to financial services regulatory agencies in Canada and internationally. Andy is the past President and Chief Executive Officer of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario and has also served as a senior financial services regulator with the Ministry of Finance (Ontario) and the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (Canada) supervising credit unions, insurance companies, pension plans, trust companies and banks. He is a Chartered Professional accountant (CPA, CA) and Chartered Director (C.Dir) which was earned at the Directors College at McMaster University and was awarded the College’s Gold Standard Award in Governance. Andy also serves on the Executive of the Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD).
Janet is the President and Co-Founder of Enrichment Enterprises Inc., a strategic consulting practice that helps corporate and not-for-profit boards, community organizations, CEOs and leadership teams “come to clarity on key business issues”. She serves clients across a broad range of corporate sectors, municipalities, educational institutions and not-for-profit organizations. Janet has led three different organizations in technology and services, with operations across Canada and internationally. She is currently Chair of both The Scarborough Hospital’s Board of Directors and the Board at Crosslink Technology Inc. She holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and serves as an ICD.D examiner.
Jim was born and attended elementary and secondary schools in Toronto. Jim graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts. He worked for Grant Thornton as an auditor, and obtained his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation during that time. He later earned his Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation from The Directors College at McMaster University. Jim joined OSSTF/FEESO in 1991 as the internal auditor, and later became the Controller at the Provincial Office. In July 2011, he was appointed Associate General Secretary. His current responsibilities include acting as the Chief Financial Officer and overseeing the Operational Services Division at OSSTF/FEESO Provincial Office.
John has been Chief Executive Officer of McDonald Investment Management Inc. since 1990, after serving as an officer and director of two Canadian investment dealers. John has 23 years of experience as a financial services sector analyst, portfolio manager and trustee in the domestic and international capital markets and 7 years of experience with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington. Prior thereto his career included 7 years of internal, external and comprehensive audit experience in a number of domestic and international sectors. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and, in 1994 was honoured with a Certificate of Achievement from UNB. John completed the Institute of Corporate Director’s Corporate Governance (ICD.D) program at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management in 2004. He is qualified as a Chartered Accountant and Chartered Professional Accountant (CA and CPA).
Pierre was born in Ottawa and attended French language elementary and secondary schools in Toronto. He obtained an Hon. B.A. in psychology and a Doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa. He also holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors. Pierre worked at the Burritts Rapids Correctional Centre, the Conseil des écoles publiques d’Ottawa-Carleton and the Ottawa Board of Education, where he assumed leadership and bargaining responsibilities for OSSTF/FEESO. He joined the Provincial Office of OSSTF/FEESO in 1997, where he held various positions. In 2010, Pierre assumed the position of General Secretary. He earned his Chartered Director (C.Dir) designation at The Directors College at McMaster University.
Rhonda is a graduate of Queens’ University and a certified teacher. She worked as a secondary teacher and federation representative for the Lanark County Board of Education and for the Upper Canada District School Board. Rhonda was elected to the Provincial Executive of OSSTF / FEESO in 1999. In 2003, she was elected OSSTF President and served two terms before accepting her current position as Secretary-Treasurer of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation in 2007. As Secretary-Treasurer of OTF, she oversees the operations of Ontario’s professional association for teachers and OTF’s role as a plan sponsor of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan. She completed the ICD.D designation with the Institute of Corporate Directors in 2014.
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