From humble beginnings…

In the early 1940’s Jimmy Russel left war torn Europe and arrived in Canada in hopes of a better life. Life at first wasn’t always easy, but Jimmy was determined to make something of himself. He landed a job at Sun Life of Canada and soon became one of their top leading agents. Later in his career he became one of the original inductees into Sun Life’s hall of fame.


In 1988, Jimmy’s son, Jan Russel, joined his father in his insurance practice. Over the years the financial landscape was rapidly changing. In 2007, Jan made the decision to join Assante Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm to be able to provide independent wealth management and financial planning advice to his clients. As the practice continued to grow Jan was joined by Evan Clarke a Certified Financial Planner professional and chartered investment manager.


Together they work hard to provide Canadian families with complete wealth management solutions to meet their goals. With over 50 years of serving clients, Russel Wealth Planning Group continues help families and corporations build and preserve wealth for future generations.

Jan Russel, CFP, CH.F.C.

Financial Planning Advisor

At Russel Wealth Planning Group, Jan provides independent financial advice that is not tied to any product or service. Jan takes the time to evaluate his clients’ situation and goals before making any recommendations. He believes that all planning and product recommendations must be matched to goals and circumstance. Any solutions he provides are implemented and followed up with clients on at least an annual basis.

Jan has advanced designations as a Chartered Life Underwriter in the insurance field and the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation in the wealth planning field. He also has certifications as a Cash Flow Specialist. Jan recognizes the importance of keeping up to date in his industry. He invests time in continuing education courses and attends industry related conferences on an annual basis.

Jan enjoys working with his clients. Everyone has a unique life story and he finds it fascinating to listen to how people have adapted to many challenging situations in their lives. He has known many of his clients for over 20 to 30 years. In one case, the insurance Jan’s father put in place over 40 years ago was used to provide collateral to a bank to secure a loan which helped keep a business from going bankrupt. That business is thriving today!

Evan Clarke, CFP, CIM

Financial Planning Advisor

Evan works closely with clients to provide tailored financial planning and wealth management services to help them reach their goals and live life confidently. In one of his first jobs, Evan worked with families receiving financial assistance to send their kids to summer camp and it was this experience that sparked a passion for helping people with their finances. This led him to pursue a career in financial planning and attain the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation at age 29 which is recognized internationally as the gold standard in financial planning and he is one of the 9% of CFP® practitioners in Canada under the age of 36. 

Evan is also a Chartered Investment Manager® capable of providing discretionary portfolio management services, a Certified Cash Flow Specialist, and a licensed life insurance agent, currently working towards the Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS) designation.

While Evan previously enjoyed his time as a Financial Advisor at CI Investments’ head office in Toronto where he advised CI employees nationwide, he knew he wanted to be working in a successful practice under the wing of an experienced advisor and connected with Jan Russel in April of 2016.

Evan enjoys road trip adventures with his wife, Hallie and two sons Keaton and Wellyn as well as running around the small-town community of Mount Albertwith his Australian Shepherd, Amelia. In his spare time, Evan enjoys playing piano, drums, and guitar.

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