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There are three relationships with money. The first is you working for money (dependence). The second is money at work for you (independence). The third is money at work for others (transcendence). Our goal is to help you develop your vision, test its importance to you, identify your supporting resources, deal with obstacles which prevent you from achieving your vision, and put you in a position to implement the actions required to realize your vision.

The following is an inventory of products and services available to assist you in Securing What You Value.

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Financial Dependence:
  • Survivor income using life insurance
  • Income replacement for a disability or critical illness
  • Debt cancellation, including mortgage life insurance
  • Shareholder buy sell funding
  • Key person funding
  • Building and creating liquidity
  • Health and travel coverage
  • Retirement saving (registered and tax efficient plans)
  • TFSA
  • Education funding (including RESPs)

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Financial Independence:
  • Individual Pension Plans (IPP)
  • Retirement income planning including RRIFs, annuities, and life income benefits (variable annuities)
  • Executive compensation arrangements
  • Tax efficient income planning
  • Leveraged investing strategies
  • Charitable Gift planning
  • Business succession planning

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Financial Transcendence:
  • RRIF meltdown
  • Group retirement services
  • Group benefits coverage
  • Donor advised gift funds
  • Estate replacement life insurance
  • Intergenerational asset transfer
  • Funding Intervivos or Testamentary trusts

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Wealth Optimization

Who We Are

Peter Bennett, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C.

After graduating from York University’s Glendon College, Peter spent three years in retail banking before joining London Life in 1981. He obtained his Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) designation in 1988, his Chartered Financial Consultant (CH.F.C.) in 1990, and his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 1996. In 2000 he was invited to join the Wealth & Estate Planning Group, a division of Freedom 55 Financial. In 2004, Peter co-founded Blueprint Wealth & Estate Planning Inc., and became the principal in 2008. Peter specializes in wealth accumulation, income, and transfer for individuals. Part of the transfer process includes charitable gift planning.

Peter has been active in charitable gift planning for almost 15 years. He has been a fundraiser for his school for 30 years, chaired a capital campaign at his parish church, and has at various times raised money for his children’s daycare, baseball league, and drama group. In 1995, he received his initial planned giving training at Kanuga Conference Centre, North Carolina. In 1996 he was invited to join the Diocese of Toronto Planned Giving Sub Committee, and later the Stewardship Committee. The result (Faithworks) is the largest coordinated Anglican annual appeal in North America. Peter has spoken or led planned giving workshops and presentations to over 25 groups with audiences ranging from 6 to 600. Peter currently is Chair of his parish Stewardship Committee, with particular responsibility for planned giving. In 2007, he co-chaired the planning group for a proposed capital campaign. In 2010, the first phase of the campaign was successful. In 2013-14, as Co-Chair of Advanced Gifts, the parish successfully achieved over 120% of its target for phase two. Construction begins in 2015.

Peter joined the Canadian Association of Gift Planners (CAGP) in 2003 and graduated from the first Advanced Gift Planning Course in Banff in 2007. He was a speaker at the 2008 Annual Conference in Vancouver, and at the 2010 meeting in Edmonton. In 2013, he was a presenter at the CAGP Leave a Legacy Toronto Chapter public seminar series on retirement and legacy planning. He also spoke on the subject at London Life’s national education Summit in St John’s NL in October 2009. He was asked to speak again at London Life’s 2015 Summit in Toronto ON.

Peter has been a Legacy Wealth Coach since 2001 and employs a proprietary planning process called Wealth Optimization. His Discovery Blueprint helps clients bring clarity to three questions:

This process has led to successful facilitation of close to $10 million of planned gifts by clients. Peter’s clients have placed the largest individual donation to three foundations, two 'donor advised' and one ‘non-profit’.

Peter is a member of the Responsible Investment Association (RIA), The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS), Estate Planning Council of Toronto, Advocis, and the Canadian MDRT Charitable Foundation.

Peter provides both commission and fee planning in Ontario, Manitoba, Alberta, and BC.

Peter is married to Heather and they have two adult children. In his free time, Peter volunteers as a Level 3 baseball umpire, loves a good game of squash, and performs in musical theatre.

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Margaret Bennett

Margaret Bennett is a Financial Advisor working in the Toronto, Burlington, and Hamilton regions. After graduating with degrees from the University of Guelph and York University, Margaret worked in educational tourism and then spent 7 years as an account and project manager in the advertising industry. In 2014, she decided on a career in financial advising. Working with clients has always given Margaret the most satisfaction and she genuinely enjoys working with people who want to bring their vision to life. With her background in marketing, she saw a gap in understanding how a financial plan can set people on a path to feeling more confident about their career and personal opportunities. She wants to help demystify an often confusing and stressful area of people’s lives. Margaret works with many professionals and families to help them with strategies for building wealth and setting up plans for personal and professional financial success.  Margaret and her husband Owen live in Hamilton, and when not at work she can usually be found volunteering in her local community, walking her dog, or running or hiking on the Bruce Trail.

Margaret est bilingue et même fait partie d’un club de lecture français! Whether in English or en français, Margaret is committed to bringing your vision to life.

Christina Areias

Christina is Peter’s Marketing Associate. She started her career with an insurance brokerage firm. She assisted multiple advisors in such areas as new business, in force inquires and customer service. Christina is studying for her LLQP and hopes to one day become an advisor. In August 2015, she joined Freedom 55 Financial as a Marketing Associate and teamed up with Peter. She is responsible for file preparation, scheduling appointments, processing new business, and liaison with the administration areas at fund and life companies with whom our client do business. Christina is married. She engages in regular workouts because she also likes baking. In addition, Christina enjoys drawing, painting, and spending time with family.

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Strategic Partners:

Nicholas Short: Nick joined Freedom 55 Financial as an advisor 17 years ago. He moved to the Toronto Resource Centre of Great West Life as a life insurance product specialist. He headed the Life products management team in Toronto and Mississauga until 2013. He is now an Advanced Case Consultant and works with a select group of advisors on designing appropriate insurance solutions for their business and individual insurance clientele.

Kelvin Wong: Kelvin joined Private Wealth and Estate services in 2012. Prior to joining PWES, Kelvin held a variety of increasingly responsible positions in the investment industry since 2003. He has worked as an Account Manager, Financial Planner for Schedule A banks, and most recently worked as a Regional Sales Director for an Investment and Insurance firm. In 2006, Kelvin obtained the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, which is widely recognized as the top international financial analyst designation. As a Private Wealth Counsellor with Private Wealth and Estate Services, Kelvin provides assistance to financial security advisors in delivering value-added services to a select group of clients.

Paul Foster, FCSI: Paul is a Regional Sales Manager with the Sales and Marketing Centre of Great West Life, joining them in 2013. Prior to that he spent time as an Investment Advisor with two nationally known investment firms, and began his career as an institutional equity trader. In addition to his management responsibilities, Paul consults with a number of leading financial advisors in the GTA providing large case support and delivery. Paul is married with two children, coaching rep soccer and baseball. He also plays hockey and golf, when his schedule permits.

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