"The strength for the team is its individual members. The strength of each member is the team" Phil Jackson

For the better part of two decades, we have been pulling back the curtain on the world of finance. We have guided clients through the “Tech Reck” of 2000, the Great Financial Crash of 2008-2009 and most recently the COVID shut down of 2020-2021. We have broken away from the traditional Wall Street/Bay Street business model by embracing our role as client advocates offering advice based on a fiduciary relationship of loyalty and trust.

While it is our innovative wealth strategies that set us apart, it is our commitment to transparency, clarity and communication that makes us a success with our clients.

Paul Vorstadt, CIM, CFP®

Portfolio Manager

For 20 plus years I have looked to improve the process in which we guide our clients to create, protect and ultimately pass on wealth to and for their families. Innovation is in our process; on behalf of the families I work for, I will continue to disrupt the confusion and frustration brought on by today’s financial industry. We have broken away from the status quo that is the Wall Street/Bay Street business model, providing alternative ideas, strategies and ultimately solutions. Always searching for a better way.  

There is no better experience than to have a client who first enters my office feeling overwhelmed and frustrated leave with an overwhelming sense of calm – a feeling that comes from gaining control over ones finances. As one client stated, “That’s what I was missing.” (Lee Jacobson, client since 2012). 

When not at work, like most of our clients nothing is more important than time with family. In the summer we are at the cottage, in the winter we are in the rinks watching our two boys follow their passion to play hockey.  


Brett Kowan, CFP®, FMA

Portfolio Manager

Brett recognizes the importance of expert guidance for those who are in or nearing retirement, including small business owners who have specialized needs such as transitioning the ownership of their business.  As their partners they look to us to guide and educate, helping them to make informed decisions.  Ensuring they stay in control through all of life’s stages.

Rodney Estabrooks

Manager, Client Relations And Business Development

A people person at heart, Rodney is an experienced Investment Advisor with several years of Investments experience in a wide variety of roles including Wealth Management, Portfolio Management and investment consulting. 

He has experience managing portfolios of individuals, families, trusts and charities and his role now is to work with the Assante team to provide strategic advice to those in the investment industry.

After building many successful tenures at some of Canada's largest banks, Rodney now helps his colleague’s in the investment industry to find a better way to take care of the their clients while at the same time building a better life for their own families through Assante's Family Wealth practice in the Toronto East area.

Philanthropic thinking is the backbone of who Rodney is as a person. He has always strived to put people in situations where they have the best opportunity to succeed  

When Rodney’s not managing client relationship or sitting on charity boards, you will find him spending time with his family at his cottage, on the golf course, on the lake or vacationing in Florida. Rodney and his spouse Nancy live in the Durham region with their two children — Mackenzie and Bryce — and their Golden Doodle Kelsey.

Tamar Daniel

Investment Services Associate

Tamar Daniel is a Business Associate with over 20 years experience in the financial industry. Her career started as a teller at TD bank and first began working with Brett and Paul in 2006. Tamar is a massive advocate for her clients. Her ability to provide solutions comes through her hard work, dedication, and overall proficiency. For over a decade, she has provided effective and conducive service to their clients. As a liaison, Tamar ensures a smooth and seamless interaction between her clients, and operations. On days where she is not at work, Tamar likes to spend her time with family, friends, cooking and playing piano.

Sanjiv Tidke

Associate Vice-President Of Estate Planning, Ontario

As Associate Vice-President of Estate Planning, Sanjiv Tidke 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 complement the overall wealth management for our clients. He has worked in insurance industry for over 10 years and worked on thousands of insurance cases to mitigate risks of the unexpected. His experience in the field of insurance, product engineering and product management allows him to customize comprehensive insurance solutions for our clients.

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