Hi, I'm Michael, a financial planning accountant
I spent the first six years of my career working for a global accounting firm as an accountant, specializing in audit and assurance. I earned my Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant) designation while with this firm. While I enjoyed the work, I was drawn towards working closely with individuals and small business owners. In 2012 I shifted to serving small businesses, families, couples, and individuals. I love the integrative and multi-faceted aspects of financial planning and small business administration.
In addition to accounting and tax training, I completed the Certified Financial Planner® and Chartered Life Underwriter designations. I value always learning and expanding my expertise so I’m currently completing the Trust and Estate Practitioner designation.
People regularly mention that they appreciate my down-to-earth approach especially the use of everyday examples to convey financial topics. Whether discussing retirement, tax, or insurance, I enjoy providing appropriate advice based on solid financial principles. Advice-only planning has been my only mode of operation. I have absolutely no product sales and receive no commissions – just pure financial advice. I’m convinced this is the only fair way to serve clients for their best interests.
I love providing diverse and multi-disciplinary perspectives to clients, with both a breadth and depth of perspective. My background in accounting and tax fits well when serving a family business, preparing for end of life, planning for retirement, preparing cash flow projections, or making a debt management plan. More than simply a numbers-guy, I’m passionate about finding the story behind the numbers and how that influences clients’ decisions.
In addition to my accounting job, I’ve taught post-secondary courses on personal financial planning and investment fundamentals. With a range of disciplines, I currently manage my time by providing:
family office services: CFO-level services to private companies, encompassing personal, family and business financial matters;
financial advice: counsel on end of life plans, managing and distributing estates, retirement plans, business start-ups, and comprehensive financial plans;
traditional accounting work: preparation and filing of income tax returns for individuals, families, corporations, trusts, partnerships, and charities, and preparation of financial statements, and handling payroll and GST, PST, HST filings; and
teaching: retirement seminars and marking the CFP curriculum