Speakers 2012

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
 
Moshe Milevsky, Ph.D., Schulich School of Business, York University
Dr.Lisa Kramer, Expert in Behavioural Finance & Neuroeconomics
  Moshe Milevsky, Ph.D., Schulich School of Business, York University
Moshe A. Milevsky, Ph.D. is a tenured finance professor at the Schulich School of Business and a member of the graduate faculty in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at York University in Toronto (Canada).
Prof. Milevsky has lectured and given seminars at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, the London School of Economics (UK), University of New South Whales (Australia), ORT University in Montevideo (Uruguay), University of Cyprus, University of Leuven (Belgium), and Goethe University (Germany).
Prof. Milevsky has consulted for global insurance companies, banks, fund companies, state pension plans, government regulators and has served as an expert witness in a number of legal cases. In 2005 he founded a software company called the QWeMA Group, which licenses intellectual property and algorithms used in web-based retirement calculators. A number of Fortune 500 companies are now clients of the QWeMA Group.
Prof. Milevsky has written ten books, over 60 peer-reviewed white papers, and more than 200 popular magazine and newspaper articles on all aspects of personal finance.
He is a 2002 Fellow of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences. He received two National Magazine (Canada) awards in 2003 for his popular writing and received a Graham and Dodd scroll award from the CFA Institute for a 2006 article in the Financial Analysts Journal. In 2008 he was honored with a lifetime achievement award, by the Retirement Income Industry Association. In 2009 he was selected as an MDRT Main Platform speaker.
His most recent book, The 7 Most Important Equations for Your Retirement: The Fascinating People and Ideas Behind Planning Your Retirement Income was published by John Wiley & Sons in Spring 2012.
Prof. Milevsky currently lives in Toronto; he grew-up in Baltimore, New York, Mexico City and Jerusalem. He is married with 4 daughters.
 
  Dr.Lisa Kramer, Expert in Behavioural Finance & Neuroeconomics
Stirring up controversy in financial circles for over a decade with her seminal contributions bridging the gap between rational finance and behavioural finance, Dr. Lisa Kramer is no stranger to the dynamic marketplace of ideas. Her work in the American Economic Review identifying the influence of mood on investor cycles of fear and greed has been profiled in The Wall Street Journal, US News and World Reports, The Washington Post, The Daily Telegraph, Business Week, SmartMoney Magazine, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, CBC Television, and CBC Radio.
An expert on behavioural finance, with interests in neuroeconomics/neurofinance, investments, capital market seasonality, and personal finance, Dr. Kramer captivates audiences with her real-time demonstrations of behavioural biases.
Professor Kramer received her Ph.D. in finance from the Sauder School of Business at the University of British Columbia. She holds the Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation Term Professorship at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. She recently spent a sabbatical as a Visiting Scholar in the Psychology Department at Stanford University where she conducted groundbreaking research on behavioural finance and neuroeconomics.
Some of her best-known and most provocative research is based on identifying instances where investors' psychological tendencies lead to widespread movements in financial markets.
She has delivered keynote speeches to groups ranging in size from a dozen to a thousand, enlisting audience members to help showcase the way human psychology influences financial decisions. Professor Kramer is able to communicate complex concepts in fun ways that appeal to expert and novice audiences alike. Participants come away with a deeper understanding of recent, state-of-the-art developments in the exciting field of behavioural finance.
In addition to being a sought-after keynote speaker for public audiences, Professor Kramer has given seminars on her research at universities and government agencies around the world, and she is a regular presenter at top international conferences including the meetings of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, and the European Finance Association.
 
SPEAKERS (by last name)
 
Rick Atkinson, Founder & President, RA Retirement Advisors
Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Daryl Diamond, Retirement Income Planner, Diamond Retirement Planning Ltd.
Arthur I Fish, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
Adrian Griggs, Director, Global Strategy, Infinite Media
George Hartman, Managing Partner, Accretive Advisor Inc.
Laddy Kaszowski, Product Allocation Consultant, Manulife Investments
Dr. Randy Knipping, Medical Director, Aviation, Age Management and Preventive Medicine
Tom Reimer, Managing Partner, Accretive Advisor Inc.
Terry Smith, Founder, President and CEO, Philanthropic.ca
Gillian Stovel Rivers, Senior Financial Planning Advisor, Assante Financial Management Ltd.
Corina Weigl, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Dr. Paul Ziemer, Director of Lifestyle Medicine, Canadian Laser and Pain Therapy
 
  Rick Atkinson, Founder & President, RA Retirement Advisors
Richard (Rick) Atkinson, Founder and President of RA Retirement Advisors, is dedicated to assisting people realize their retirement goals. Rick is an expert in retirement planning and author of the best-selling book, Don’t Just Retire – Live It, Love It! and the popular planning workbook, The First Step. He is Head Retirement Coach for 5 Great Adventures, dedicated to helping people who want a happy and stimulating retirement.
Before retiring, Rick was a human resources management specialist with over 35 years’ experience. He worked both as an internal and external HR consultant in manufacturing, oil and gas, mining, health and social services. He consulted to provincial and municipal levels of government. In 2009, Rick established RA Retirement Advisors. He has helped hundreds of people throughout North America plan for a successful and fulfilling retirement. In 2011, Rick became associated with 5 Great Adventures.
In addition to a Master of Business Administration from York University in Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Rick holds the Ontario Society of Training and Development (now Canadian Society of Training and Development) Advanced Level Certificate of Achievement.
 
  Pat Bolland, Senior Counsel, Veritas Communications
Longtime business commentator Pat Bolland has been a business thought leader north and south of the border, from the investment frontline right up to business opinion media. Pat worked his way up in the investment industry from floor clerk on the Toronto Stock Exchange to VP with a top tier firm before moving into broadcasting. Pat’s been business editor at four major networks, currently Sun New Network on ‘AM Agenda’ and has parlayed his TV hosting skills into media training and corporate PR as well as hosting, moderating and webcasting for events and conferences, not to mention a lot of lacrosse coaching. Despite all his business and sport acumen he’s best know as “the guy with the ‘stache”. Follow him at www.patbolland.com
 
  Daryl Diamond, Senior Retirement Income Planner, Diamond Retirement Planning Ltd.
Daryl is an advisor, author and educator on the subject of using your assets to realize the greatest amount of security and satisfaction during the retirement years. He is well-known among his peers as one of the first financial advisors in Canada to identify the special skills and knowledge required to turn accumulated assets into income, while reconciling the varying needs for income and lifestyle as individuals and couples progress through the stages of retirement.
His Winnipeg Canada based practice, Diamond Retirement Planning Ltd, is dedicated to this service as well as the investment strategies, health-risk management issues and wealth transfer considerations that are unique to this market. Of his 33 years in the financial services industry, the last 18 years have been dedicated to the area of retirement income planning. This has provided a great deal of insight into and experience in the key considerations and issues that retirees must address.
He has been published three times. His second book “Buying Time” was first published by John Wiley and Sons in 2003. His new book, “The Retirement Income Blueprint” was released in April 2011.
He is in demand across the industry to impart his insights and train other advisors in these new, specialized strategies. In 2006 he presented at the Top of The Table annual meeting, addressed the MDRT annual meeting in 2009 as well as the MDRT Experience in Singapore in 2011. He has been a repeat guess on Business News Network as well as on the Lang and O’Leary Exchange.
Daryl has written formal training programs on retirement income planning for Canada’s largest bank, the Canadian operation of an international life insurance company and one of Canada’s premiere mutual fund companies.
 
  Arthur I Fish, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP.
Arthur Fish is a partner in the Toronto office of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP and the Manager of the Toronto Regional Wealth Management Practice. Arthur was called to the Ontario Bar in 1985. He received his Doctorate from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in 1993. He received the B.C.L. from Oxford University, Wadham College in 1986, and his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1983.
 
  Adrian Griggs, Director, Global Strategy, Infinite Media
Adrian joined Infinite Media in 2010. As Director Global Strategy, Adrian successfully combines his creativity with his strong knowledge of industry-leading technology solutions to provide value-added solutions for a wide variety of clients. Prior to joining Infinite Media, Adrian spent his time at IBM, Skillsoft, Redwood Systems and Syndicatesound, where he cultivated his current approach to learning that he brings to the forefront of his work at Infinite Media.
Adrian believes that the customer comes first, and if we can fuse social media, relationship marketing, experiential learning and digital platforms, we will create a successful formula for outbound influence and fuel a new generation of digital ambassadors and loyalists.
 
  George Hartman, Managing Partner, Accretive Advisor Inc.
George Hartman’s 40-year career in financial services as an educator and executive spans both the insurance and investment industries.
He has been a featured speaker at numerous conferences in Canada, the US, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, including the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) Annual Meeting and Top of the Table Annual Meeting. George writes a monthly column called The Coach’s Forum for the trade journal Investment Executive and is a regular guest on Investment Executive’s Building Your Business television broadcast.
George is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Accretive Advisor Inc. – a firm dedicated to helping great financial advisors build great practices. He presently coaches a number of top-producing advisors in Canada and the US and advises several financial industry firms on their strategic plans. He has published three best-selling books and his most recent, Blunder, Wonder, Thunder – Powering Your Practice to New Heights placed #1 on the Globe & Mail’s Business Book Best-Seller list in its first week of release.
George is also Founder & CEO of Market Logics Inc., a firm that provides intelligence-based solutions to organizations and individuals looking to take their business to new levels.
 
  Laddy Kaszowski, Product Allocation Consultant, Manulife Investments
Laddy assumed his newly created role as Product Allocation Consultant nearly 18 months ago. Laddy is primarily responsible for promoting Manulife's Retirement Solutions Strategy, in collaboration with Manulife's distribution teams, to advisors in all channels. The goal is to help Canadians, through our advisor partners, understand their retirement risks and how to achieve a sustainable retirement income. His 30 years of industry experience include Product Manager of income products (RRIFs and Immediate Annuities), many years supporting Segregated Funds marketing, and product responsibility for an investment dealer (MFDA and IIROC). Laddy is a graduate of Western University. Fellow of Life Management Institute (FLMI), past CFP holder, and Certified Investment Manager (CIM).
What Laddy has enjoyed most in his career is working with advisors to develop creative solutions for our end clients.
 
  Dr. Randy Knipping, Medical Director, Aviation, Age Management and Preventive Medicine
Dr. Randy Knipping has been in practice for more than 25 years caring for professional pilots, air traffic controllers, executives and athletes ensuring that they achieve optimal human performance through preventive and integrative health care. He has completed specialized training in Age Management Medicine, an evidence based approach to the biology and genetics of ageing well. Age Management Medicine pays special attention to Nutrition, Fitness, Stress Reduction, Metabolic & Hormonal Optimization and now also Nobel Prize Winning Telomerase Preservation and Activation.
Dr. Knipping has more than 40 years of experience in meditation practice and instruction and with his special training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy he has a special interest in Human Performance, Lifestyle Behaviour, working with his clients to master stress reduction and adopt daily and weekly lifestyle rituals with lasting results. He is sought out in the aviation and executive industries to work with individuals and groups under severe stress including those involved in aircraft accidents, post traumatic stress and traumatic military experiences. Applying these skills to the challenging and unpredictable world of business gives the executive a competitive psychological advantage while preserving health and mitigating health risks.
 
  Tom Reimer, Managing Partner, Accretive Advisor Inc.
Tom began his career in the financial services industry in 1984, following a five year career with the Calgary Stampeders. At Merrill Lynch Canada, he built an investment consulting practice focused on high net worth investors and small institutional clients. He later worked in a number of senior capacities for AGF Funds Inc., including Vice President, Western Canada and Vice President and Director of Asset Management in Singapore.
Starting in 2001, Tom served as the National Director, Institutional Services for Brandes Investment Partners and was involved in both retail and institutional sales. Tom earned his bachelor’s degree (with Honours) from the University of British Columbia and is actively involved in UBC’s alumni activities as well as several charitable organizations.
 
  Terry Smith, Founder, President and CEO, Philanthropic.ca
Terry Smith is the founder, President and CEO of Philanthropic.ca. Established in 2006, Philanthropic.ca helps donors with all aspects of their philanthropic giving, from finding their passions to reducing risks and increasing impact. As an independent advisor, Terry works directly with donors to help determine the best approach to their philanthropic giving and ensuring their gifts are indeed making a difference. Terry also works with financial advisors, helping them to include philanthropy as component of their services and providing philanthropic assistance to their clients.. As a former Ontario Deputy Minister of Culture, Terry’s background and solid knowledge of the non-profit and charitable sectors provides her with the expertise to assist wealthy families, foundations and corporations make the right decisions and achieve the greatest impacts with their philanthropy.
 
  Gillian Stovel Rivers, Senior Financial Planning Advisor, Assante Financial Management Ltd.
Gillian owns a boutique wealth management practice that uses the 5 Great Adventures Coaching Programs to help her clients enjoy the best life, designed by them. She and her team also use a Teams of Excellence Family Office model to work with other professionals to help manage the complex wealth management needs of multi-generational client families and business owners.
Gillian entered the wealth management business in 2004, buying her father and mentor, Gord Stovel’s, practice in 2007 and establishing her own branch in 2009. Together with Gord, Gillian developed the Economic Wealth ProcessTM, a simplified annual process their clients enjoy, which achieves ongoing financial planning, education, builds decision-making expertise and offers peace of mind about personal finances.
Gillian is a graduate of McMaster University and the University of Toronto. Gillian’s practice is a member of Assante’s Chairman’s Council Elite.
 
  Corina Weigl, Partner, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Corina Weigl is a partner with Fasken Martineau. She focuses her practice on estate and family business succession planning, including wills and trusts, corporate re-organizations, marriage contracts, estate administration, charities and not-for-profit law. When dealing with planning matters, clients have commended Corina on her ability to address complex legal issues. Corina also represents clients in both contentious and non-contentious estate litigation matters including will challenges, mental capacity matters, applications for advice, direction of the court and passing of fiduciary accounts. Clients, colleagues and peers acknowledge her sensitive and insightful approach to clients' affairs, and consider Corina to be a practitioner who provides timely, pragmatic advice in a cost-effective way.
 
  Dr. Paul Ziemer, Director of Lifestyle Medicine, Canadian Laser and Pain Therapy
Dr. Paul Ziemer is a Lifestyle Medical Practitioner who works with patients to develop simple plans to reverse and avoid complex lifestyle diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease, plus many physiological pain-related ailments that come with age and sedentary lifestyles. With diseases such as these being the leading cause of mortality and morbidity in our culture and also being almost entirely correlated to daily life choices, Dr. Paul’s work aims to help patients take back control of their health capital through awareness and fast-track progress that comes of making small important changes in the right areas. His work focuses on a team-based approach to treatment and habit building as well as the development and education about non-pharmaceutical non-invasive medical technologies.

Dr. Paul led the development of the QuickStop SolutionTM, a smoking cessation program, the Accelerated Healing ProgramTM, a pain management system, The Personal Best program, a metabolic weight management program, and most recently the Genesis Pain Relief Light. All four have been scientifically designed to meet some of the greatest challenges facing society today. Integrating the physical, chemical and social well being of patients into practice has made for outstanding clinical results and an ever expanding offering to a growing community of patients.
Dr. Paul completed his undergraduate training at the University of Western Ontario where he completed two degrees in Biology and Kinesiology. His studies focused on human health and the physiological changes with aging, and included work at The Centre for Activity and Aging in London Ontario to examine the effects of exercise on the aging process. Dr. Paul continued his studies at The Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto. It was while studying here that Paul developed a passion for lifestyle health promotion as the basis for disease prevention.

 

 
 
     
 
 
 
 
 
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