Senior Financial Advisor
Making strong connections with clients in order to fully understand their financial needs, Darryl Smith’s main objective is helping them achieve their goals and dreams. Knowing each of his clients has unique perspectives and priorities, Darryl ensures they have access to all options, products, and ideas so nothing is overlooked.
After receiving a Bachelor of Commerce from St. Mary’s University Darryl opened an income tax company and spent the next two years doing tax returns and bookkeeping for a variety of small businesses. Over the years Darryl strengthened his knowledge by completing a series of licensing requirements and industry sponsored courses including the mutual funds license, life and disability license, and the Canadian Securities Course. Darryl started his career as a financial planner at Investors Group, before moving on to Assante (then known as The Financial Planning Group) in 1997.
Darryl’s strong belief in giving back and supporting the community prompted an initiative to ask clients to make a donation to a charity or not for profit association in lieu of payment for his tax return* services. A different charity is chosen each year and in the past he’s supported, NS Mental Health, NS SPCA, Alzheimer Society of NS, Halifax Minor Baseball and the Diabetes Association. He has raised over $13,000 thus far for these charities.
Darryl is very involved in supporting his children’s sporting activities, and is where he spends a lot of his free time.
*Certain employees of Darryl Smith Tax Preparation Services maintain a relationship with Assante Capital Management Ltd. (“Assante”) through which they sell investment products. The relationship that they have with Assante does not include tax preparation services which Darryl Smith Tax Preparation Services is solely responsible. Darryl Smith Tax Preparation Services is not associated in any way with Assante, and Assante has no responsibility for the tax preparation services offered by Darryl Smith Tax Preparation Services.
Senior Vice-President and Chief Investment Officer, CI GAM | Multi-Asset Management
Alfred Lam joined the Investment Consulting team at CI Global Asset Management (CI GAM) in 2004 and is actively involved in manager selection and oversight, product development, asset allocation and currency management of CI GAM’s managed solutions. He leads a team of investment experts who monitor the portfolio managers and the funds’ portfolios to ensure they are adhering to their mandates and performing within expectations and oversees approximately 32 billion of assets invested in customized managed portfolio solutions* for our clients. Alfred previously held the role of Senior Manager of the Investment Management Team at CIBC Securities. He has an MBA from York University and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Alfred is a member of the CFA Institute and the Toronto CFA Society.
* With access to a wealth of tools and resources, Assante advisors and their clients are supported by the expertise of an investment management team and wealth planning group available through our sister company, CI Global Asset Management, and CI Assante Private Client, a division of CI Private Counsel LP.
Graham Long, CPA, CGA, CFP, TEP
Regional Wealth Planner
As a Regional Wealth Planner, Graham Long facilitates the delivery of wealth planning reports. Using a needs-based approach, Graham works with our clients to not only gather pertinent financial information, but more importantly, to identify issues and to help our clients articulate and document their goals in order to build a plan that meets their complex needs. Working with the support of the wealth planning team, Graham delivers a plan that addresses retirement planning, cash flow management, risk management, business planning and estate planning.
Graham became part of CI Assante Private Client in 2013. His experience in wealth planning and asset management spans over 20 years. It includes holding senior positions with two large Canadian asset management companies and working with two of the major Canadian banks. Before joining us, he was with Atlantic Canada’s largest independent chartered accounting firm.
Graham is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Dalhousie University. In addition, he holds both his Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) and Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) designations.
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