A driven leader and innovative financial strategist willing to re-invent the box not just think outside of it!
Financial Advisor & Regional Sales Manager at Great-West Life
Mar 20013 –Present
As a highly experienced financial planner and investment specialist, I work with clients and financial advisors as their go to wealth management expert. With a focus on portfolio construction for larger investment clients, I ensure our clients and their trusted advisors have optimized their personal and or corporate plans.
District Vice President at RBC Global Asset Management
January 2007 –February 2013 (6 years)
Managed the prairie sales territory (Manitoba & NW Ontario). Every year , including the financial crisis of 2008-2009, my team and I successfully posted positive growth and deepened the support and trust based relationships we have with independent financial advisors and their clients. In a sea of 350+ competitors we continued to win business based on our best in class service, presentations, joint client work and our true understating of ‘the advisors’ business challenges and goals.
Regional Director at Manulife Bank of Canada
May 2004 -January 2007 (2 years 9 months)
Regional Director for the Manitoba, Saskatchewan & Northern Ontario Territory responsible for growing the number of financial advisors awareness and usage of Manulife Bank product line up.
Senior Financial Advisor at CIBC Imperial Service
January 2001 -May 2004 (3 years 5 months)
Financial Advisor to High Net Worth Clientele. Dually Employed By CIBC (Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce & CIBC Investor Services).
Financial Advisor at Freedom 55 Financial
December 1997 -January 2001 (3 years 2 months)
Financial Secuirty Advisor specializing in life insurance, segregated & mutual funds.
Skills & Expertise
Strategic Financial Planning, Banking, Estate Planning, Insurance, Internet Strategy, Email Marketing, Social Media, Certified Financial Planner, Guitarist, Singer-songwriter, Product Launch, Creative Writing, Persuasive Presentations
Certified Financial Planner 2002 -Present (12 years)
Financial Management Advisor 2003 -Present (11 years)
University of Manitoba 1991-1992
Community & Charity
Children’s Wish Volunteer 2008 -Present (6 years)
Children’s Wish Advisory Board Member 2008 -2012 (4 years)
Family, Music, Private Equity, Investing, New Technology, Sales Excellence, Public Speaking, Marketing, Branding and Writing
“We have enjoyed our strategic educational alliance with Lee, an intelligent, conscientious and grounded leader who seeks intelligent solutions to help his clients build their business. One is immediately struck by Lee’s sincerity and integrity and that’s why I would highly recommend a business relationship with Lee.”
— Evelyn Jacks, President and CEO, The Knowledge Bureau, was with another company when working with Lee at RBC Asset Management
“Not only has Lee been a talented business partner, but a great friend and mentor. I have learned a lot about our industry through the guidance of Lee. Lee is very talented in many areas including finance, technology and music. I admire his dedication to work hard, his time management for his many hobbies including most importantly his family. Lee is definitely a strong representation of the quality in talent we have at RBC.”
— Vikesh Gosai, Business Development Manager, Internal Wholesaler, RBC Global Asset Management, worked directly with Lee at RBC Asset Management
“Lee has taken the time to understand myself, and my practice over the past number of years. With that knowledge, he has provided me with innovative marketing ideas and strategies utilizing today’s technology. As a result, it has helped to enhance the client experience and attract new ones !”
— Todd Reimer FMA, FCSI, was Lee’s client
“Lee has a genuine passion for financial planning, is generous in sharing his knowledge and has a unique and innovative approach to sales. It was a great pleasure being part of Lee’s sales team!”
— Nadine Struthers, CIM, Business Development Manager, RBC Global Asset Management, worked directly with Lee at RBC Asset Management
“Lee is one of the hardest working and trustworthy individuals I have met in the investment business. While at Manulife he grew his territory to one of the biggest in the country in a short period of time. His honesty, work ethic and smile make Lee a fantastic person to work with.”
— Brian Mills, RVP Sales, Manulife Investments, worked with Lee at Manulife Bank of CanadaLeeRaito.com