George Christison

A financial professional with over 25 years of experience helping individual Canadians develop, implement, monitor and manage financial, investment and estate plans.

Experience

Retirement & Investment Planner2013 - Present

IFM Planning Services

Through the creation of comprehensive retirement plans and investment pathways, I help clients (and their investments) make the successful transition from employment to retirement

Founder and Chief Content Officer Dec 2009 – Present

Investing For Me Education Inc.

InvestingForMe.com was developed out of a desire to help individual Canadians gain greater knowledge, understanding, and control of their savings and investments. The site’s content, tools and resources are structured to help support individuals with an interest in saving, investing and financial/retirement planning. Visitors to InvestingForMe may work with a personal investment advisor and simply want to gain a greater insight and understanding of their family’s finances and investments. Or they might be what we call a do-it-yourselfer – someone for whom investing and financial planning is an enjoyable past time or hobby.

Investment Advisor 2001 – 2011

RBC Dominion Securities

During this time, I worked for a small number of clients (87 families) helping them to accumulate savings through the establishment of household budgets, monitoring of personal net worth statements and the design, monitoring and management of individual investment portfolios (AUM $50 million). For many clients, the successful transition into retirement was accomplished with the help of a customized budget and financial planning process, which was initiated 5 to 7 years prior to their retirement date.

Investment Advisor 1996 – 2001

CIBC Wood Gundy

As a new advisor my goal was to attract and build a client base with a focus on professionals and business owners. During this time I was able to build a clientele consisting of just over 110 clients who trusted me to help them invest and manage in excess of $40 million of their savings.

Manager, Personal Trust 1994 – 1996

CIBC Trust Company

During this time, I was asked to open, build and manage Personal Trust operations (estate planning, estate administration and investment management) for central and north Vancouver Island. My responsibilities included overseeing the development of estate and investment plans for individual clients. My mandate was to build an estates and trust and investment portfolio of $20 million in assets under management, within 18 months. Working with the CIBC bank branch network, the CIBC Trust sales and investment management teams, we were able to exceeded the target by $4 million.

Trust Administrator, Personal Trust 1988 – 1994

Montreal Trust Company

Responsibilities included

  • the ongoing administration and management of 150 - 200 testamentary trusts
  • the successful management and administration of 10 - 12 preliminary estates per year

Professional Designations & Education

Financial Management Advisor (FMA)

Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) FMA No.4710

FMA designation holders are recognized as expert professionals who can provide the advanced service and advice to meet the investment and planning needs of affluent clients.

Canadian Investment Manager (CIM)

Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) CIM No.6465

The CIM designation is one of the prerequisites required to serve more sophisticated financial clients, and one of the requirements to be licensed as a discretionary portfolio manager in Canada. CIM recipients understand how to implement advanced investment strategies, and evaluate portfolio investment performance.

Specialist, Trust Institute (STI)

The Institute of Canadian Bankers (ICB)

The STI designation in Personal Trust - Estate and Trust Management, is awarded to individuals who have acquired an advanced technical knowledge and practical experience in the administration and management of estates and trusts, encompassing estate and trust asset management, law, taxation and planning.

Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI)

Canadian Securities Institute (CSI) FCSI No.1162

The FCSI is the most respected designation available in the financial services industry. "Professionals who have reached this level of experience, knowledge and academic achievement reflect the highest ethical standard and the greatest abilities available. FCSIs are the most trusted leaders in financial services today." - CSI

Professional Financial Planning Course (PFPC)

Canadian Securities Institute

Bachelor of Arts – Economics

University of British Columbia

Skills

Office 2011:

    • Excel (Advanced)
    • Word
    • Power Point

Adobe Acobat XI Pro

 

Financial Calculators

 

Website/Video Editing:

    • Camtasia
    • Videoscribe
    • UDUTU
    • Vortex CMS

Social Media:

    • Twitter
    • Google+
    • YouTube
    • LInkedIn
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