Jeff Evans, CFP

Vice President, Senior Financial Planner

With over 23 years experience in the financial services industry, Jeff has dedicated his career to understanding the issues and concerns of business owners and high net worth families. Jeff's role is to work directly with clients as their Personal CFO. Once Jeff has a complete understanding of your financial position, goals, and dreams, he will collaborate with our Wealth Planning team, and your accounting and legal professionals to help make these goals a reality. Originally from Chicago, Jeff grew up in southern Alberta, attending the University of Lethbridge prior to moving to Calgary in 1990. He holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation, and has completed the Canadian Securities Course with Honors. Jeff is married to Paula, and has two adult children, Josh and Alexandra. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and being outdoors.

Jay Brisley, CFP, CIM

Financial Advisor

Jay brings over 10 years of industry experience to the team.  Prior to joining Assante Capital Management Ltd., Jay was an Associate Vice-President at CI Investments Inc.  There, he gained an in-depth knowledge of investment strategies.  This, combined with his Certified Financial Planner and Chartered Investment Manager designation makes him a valuable resource to our clients.

Jay works with our clients in all aspects of the Wealth Management Process - from developing Investment Policy, to helping clients reach their long term goals pinpointed in their Financial and Estate Strategies. Jay is focused on building long lasting relationships with his clients.

Jay enjoys spending his free time with his wife Samantha, and their little girl Savannah.

Laura Williams

Executive Assistant

Laura brings over 22 years of experience in the financial services industry to our team.  She has been with Assante Wealth Management since 1997. Laura heads the team’s day to day client account processing, and is the point of contact for all client administrative responsibilities, including co-ordinating client review meetings.  Laura provides our clients with an unmatched  level of customer service through a deep commitment to professionalism and organizational skills.  In her spare time she loves to vacation with her family.

Alfred Lam

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. 

Lisa Friesen, BA

Regional Wealth Planning

As  a  Regional  Wealth  Planner,  Lisa  Friesen  facilitates  the  delivery  of  wealth  planning  reports.  Using  a  needs-based  approach,  Lisa  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, Lisa delivers a plan that addresses retirement planning, cash flow management, risk management, business planning and estate planning. 

Lisa  became  part  of  Assante  Private  Client  in  1996.  Her  experience  in  wealth  planning  and  financial  services  spans  over  25  years.  Before  joining  us,  she  held  a  position  at  BMO  Nesbitt Burns. 

Lisa  has  a  Bachelor  of  Arts  degree  from  the  University  of  Manitoba. 

Vanito Pobran, CPA, CA, CFP, TEP

Regional Vice-President, Wealth Planning

As  Regional  Vice-President,  Wealth Planning,  Vanito  Pobran  works  closely with our high net worth clients to identify issues and provide complex,  tactical  wealth  planning  support  that  complements  their  wealth  plans.  Vanito  has  a  particular  focus  on  tax  and  financial  planning  strategies  for  business  owners,  professionals  and  other  affluent individuals and families. 

Vanito  joined  CI  Assante  Private  Client  in  2015  after  holding  a  tax  manager  position  in  the  Calgary  office  of  KPMG  LLP.  At  KPMG,  he  worked  in  their  tax  group  providing  tax  compliance  and  planning  solutions  to  individuals  and  owner-managed  businesses.  Prior  to  this  he  was  a  Senior  Accountant,  Assurance  and  Business  Advisory  at  Grant  Thornton  LLP  in  their  Independent  Business  Group.  Vanito  has   delivered   his   services   across   numerous   sectors   including   manufacturing and processing, aviation, engineering, hospitality, real estate and construction. His overall professional experience in wealth planning exceeds 12 years. 

Vanito is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan and he holds the Certified Financial Planner® (CFP®) designation. He is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta, the Canadian Tax Foundation,  the  Society  of  Trust  and  Estate  Practitioners  and  has  completed both the CICA In-depth tax course and the CICA In-depth tax issues for the owner-managed business course. 

Bradley Charlton CLU, ChFC, CHS

Regional Vice-President, Estate Planning

As a Regional Vice-President, Estate Planning Bradley Charlton is well-positioned to deal with the technical aspects of our clients’ more complex situations. He works to mitigate risk, protect assets, and provide tax deferral strategies and solutions that allow a smooth transition of estate or business assets to the beneficiaries or surviving partners. He provides in-depth information on various insurance products and services that compliment the overall wealth management for our clients. Brad joined Assante Estate and Insurance Services Inc. in 2007. His career in the financial services industry spans 26 years with roles of increasing responsibility with major insurance companies throughout Western Canada, initially in Winnipeg and more recently in Calgary. He has spoken at many educational events, is a member of the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriters (CALU), and a member of the Estate Planning Council of Calgary. Brad is based in Calgary and services Western Canada and Yukon. With access to a wealth of tools and resources, Assante advisors are supported by the insurance specialists at Assante Estate and Insurance Services Inc.

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