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John's post-secondary education began with the completion of a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, followed by completion of an MBA at St. Mary's University in Halifax, Nova Scotia during which he won numerous awards for academic excellence. In June 1997 John joined CIBC Wood Gundy as an Investment Advisor. He has lived through numerous market cycles since then, and his passion for the business has enabled him to provide exceptional client service in good markets and bad. John's philosophy of returning every client call that same day has held him in good stead with his clientele. His role is to assist clients from the cradle to the grave and beyond, and his approach to his business pivots on the following principles of investing: diversification, asset allocation, quality, listening to the client, financial planning, estate planning, and the use of insurance where appropriate. Financial planning has become such an important part of his practice that he has renamed the end of the work week "financial planning Fridays".
Beyond his work, John is a valuable contributor to the local community. He is a very active member and Past President of the Rotary Club of St. John's East, and is a recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International. He continues his connection with Memorial University by serving as a regular guest speaker for Dr. Alex Faseruk's undergraduate and graduate finance classes. John also participated in the local YMCA-YWCA's recent capital fundraising campaign for the construction of its new facility on Higgins Line in St. John's.
John is married to Leslie Ann and they have two amazing sons – John Nicholas and Evan. John's hobbies include staying fit, recreational ice hockey and spending time at the family's cabin.