I am a:
- Chief Financial Officer
- Rental Real Estate Investor
- Fitness Enthusiast in Training
Most importantly, I am committed to growing, and helping people grow, personally, professionally and financially across five key domains:
My experience in many of these areas has been gained over the last twenty years, either through reading, schooling or life experiences.
I grew up a reasonably nomadic lifestyle spending my first nine years between various cities in British Columbia and Quebec before I landed full time in Mission, BC, a rural city ~ 70 km outside Vancouver.
As a child, there were two things that were very important to me, which were (1) reading and (2) sports. What I didn’t focus too much on was academics. School was not something that came easy to me. In reality, it likely did; however, I did not care about it. I was too focused on sports and living in my own head to care what grades I received.
In Grade 12, I was lucky enough to start dating one of the brightest students in our high school and am blessed to still call her my wife and the mother of my two sons. I would like to say that turned me around; however, I would be lying.
That did not happen until I graduated from high school. My wife headed to UBC and started directly in commerce with a goal of being an accountant. Me, I couldn’t get into UBC or SFU with my courses nor my grades. Instead, I stayed local and went to the University College of the Fraser Valley (UCFV) and studied psychology and english. My long term goal was to be a clinical counselor (PhD) and an English teacher & author.
Over time, my wife convinced me that I should pursue a career that would pay me more and quicker, as we wanted to get married and start a family so I made the decision to pursue an accounting designation. Ultimately, I graduated from SFU with a BBA majoring in accounting and started working at KPMG in the Summer of 2000.
Since then, I spent approximately eight years at KPMG on and off in Vancouver and Bermuda and two years working for Metrie (Sauder family) in Toronto as a production manager in a moulding manufacturing facility.
In 2010 I transitioned into real estate where I have been for the last ten years growing from a corporate controller to a chief financial officer. It has been a great ride and I have learnt a tremendous amount.
Educationally, after my BBA, I received my CPA.CA designation and have taken courses on corporate finance, Buddhism, mindfulness, and continue to study mindfulness and Stoicism today.
As well, along the way, I developed a love of financial independence and have been reading and writing on the topic for 5+ years.
In 2008, our first son was born and our second son was born in 2011. It has been amazing watch these two grow and develop over time and much of the work I do today is for them. For their future growth.
Finally, in the last decade, I have also achieved some pretty cool physical challenges:
- Ironman Canada – 2010 (http://results.sportstats.ca/res2010/imc.htm)
- Mt. Si Ultra Marathon – 2018 (https://calendar.ultrarunning.com/event/mt-si-relay-ultra-runs/race/19095/results)
- Powerlifting total > 1,000 lbs – 2020
I am a voracious reader and target reading 50+ book per year with a current focus on:
- Men’s work
- Shadow work
- Emotional intelligence
Separate from the above, I have also been writing a fantasy series with my Sister and we just completed the first draft of Book 1 in the series, which has me quite excited and driven to be published within the next year.
If you cannot tell yet, I push myself. I push myself in each of the domains I have listed above and will continue to push myself in perpetuity. My greatest strengths are learning and competition and I consider the competition to be with myself, not others. Each day, I expect to be better than the day before.
On this journey, I have picked up some things. Improved myself. Become a better version of myself. Each and every day. I hope that by sharing this with you, you may be able to pick up some things yourself on your life journey. At the least, I will write something my sons, nieces and nephews can read some day to grow, to develop, to BE BETTER.
If, on your journey, this helps you, then please feel free to share.
What People Say
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habitAristotle
There is no time for playing around. You have been retained as counsel for the unhappy. You have promised to bring help to the shipwrecked, the imprisoned, the sick, the needy, to those whose heads are under the poised axe. Where are you deflecting your attention? What are you doing?Seneca
It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”Theodore Roosevelt