Our Team

Douglas Griffioen

Douglas Griffioen, CIM®, MBA, CPA, CMA®
Director, Private Client Group
Portfolio Manager

Douglas has lived in Kitchener-Waterloo for over 15 years and is a graduate of both York University in Toronto and Nijenrode Business School in the Netherlands.  He is a Certified Management Accountant and has worked in the field of financial planning for almost 20 years. Douglas’ background makes him analytical and research driven.  He is an entrepreneurial and independent thinking investment advisor.

Douglas’ specialty is creating customized financial solutions for families and business owners using a unique client focused and solution oriented financial planning process.  Douglas and his wife, Claire, live in Waterloo where he is involved in the community through Boards of a variety of non-profit organizations and volunteering on the Financial Assistance Committee of a Kitchener non-profit.  In addition, Douglas has been interviewed a number of times for investment periodicals and radio podcasts.

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David Van Halteren

David Van Halteren, MBA, CIM®
Director, Private Client Group
Portfolio Manager

David works out of his Toronto office. He is a Senior Financial Advisor who has been achieving success for his clients for nearly 30 years. He was trained in finance at the York Schulich School of Business where he earned his BBA and MBA degrees. David shared his knowledge and guided students as a financial planning teacher at Schulich for a number of years. Today he continues to stay on top of all financial matters relevant to his clients both domestically and internationally. David has an unwavering passion for finding sensible opportunities in both the tax saving and investment arenas, which allows his clients to grow their wealth safely and wisely in order to achieve their dreams.

On a personal note, David, together with his wife, Lisa, live in Toronto and are proud to say that they have raised two sons who are hard working, goal-oriented, a joy to be with, and, of course, financially responsible. Thankfully, the apples have not fallen far from the tree.

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Richard Lewchuk

Richard Lewchuk, CPA, CA
Investment Advisor

Richard has been employed in the area of financial planning for over 20 years. He began his career as a Chartered Accountant after studying at the University of Windsor, where he received his Bachelor of Commerce degree.

Richard focuses one-on-one with clients, offering personalized attention and financial advice to help minimize taxes through solid strategies and tax-efficient investments.

Richard and his wife, Joyce, have lived in the Kitchener-Waterloo area for over 25 years and recently moved to Orangeville to be closer to family. Their two married children and seven grandchildren are a blessed reminder of the importance of living each day to the fullest.

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Michelle Tavares

Michelle Tavares
Executive Assistant

Michelle is a Conestoga College graduate in Legal and Business Administration. She started working in the financial industry in 2002 as a senior supervisor with a large Canadian financial institution for over 10 years. As a result of this background and training, Michelle provides meticulous client service in the areas of investment account portfolio preparations, regulatory requirements and estate settlements.

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Patricia de Wit

Patricia de Wit
Executive Assistant

Pat has worked for many years in the financial services and legal industries.  Her primary role is providing exceptional client service and administration, which includes financial planning preparation, client file set up, maintenance, compliance and changing mandatory regulatory requirements.  Pat is available to answer questions about client portfolios, initiate and process paperwork for clients and book appointments.

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Eileen Hoekstra

Eileen Hoekstra
Administrative Assistant

Eileen keeps transactions flowing smoothly by providing first-rate client service and support.  Before she joined our office she worked in the insurance industry for several years and has been employed in the area of financial services since 2004.  Eileen is responsible for administration of client accounts, ensuring client portfolios are up to date and accurate and transactions have been processed in a timely manner.

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Lorraine Hellinga

Lorraine Hellinga
Marketing and Communications

Lorraine focuses her efforts part-time in the role of Marketing and Communications.  She is responsible for planning and executing events, managing new and existing marketing initiatives as well as booking client appointments.  Lorraine brings to the team an expertise in the areas of both customer service and administration gained from years in a variety of office administration positions.

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Matt Strauss

Matt Strauss
Insurance Advisor

Matt was born and raised in Kitchener and has been in the industry since 2004. He completed the Diploma of Financial Planning at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2004. Matt has a passion for risk management and believes the foundation of any financial plan is protecting your greatest asset; YOU. Matt will review your current insurance as well as your future needs, whether it be protecting your ability to earn income or minimizing estate and other costs on the family in the event of the loss of a family member.

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