Philanthropy Matters

In 1991, I had the good fortune to appreciate the transformational impact of philanthropy. With a little hard work and a lot of luck, early in my career as a Financial Planner, I had achieved reasonable degree of success – that is, success as I defined it at that point in my life.

Then, at 31, it slowly dawned on me that I owed a huge debt of gratitude to those I had never known. I realized that if it were not for the wisdom, wealth and hard work of so many Canadians who came before me, that I, and millions of my fellow Canadians, would not be enjoying the quality of life that makes us the envy of so many around the world. That’s when I decided I needed to contribute in some way and make a difference.

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From the Blog

  • Merry Christmas featuring Buster the Boxter December 23, 2016 Clearly, I realize this video is a TV advert for the British retailer, John Lewis. Cleverly, it utilizes the song, “One Day I’ll Fly Away”, performed by the Vaults. (The original song was performed by Randy Crawford  and very much amplifies the commercial’s impact.) Creatively, it is a slick piece of marketing that is directly targeted to ...
  • Girls Are Fierce! November 28, 2016 As I have written many times there are very few things more effective in successfully getting your message across than a great “story” accompanied by a strong visual. This two minute video created by the Canadian Women’s Foundation hits all the right notes. My friend, Beth Malcolm, who is Director of the Girls’ Fund at the ...

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