Chair, Chief Investment Officer and Co-Founder
Tom is the Chair, Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and co-founder of Steadyhand, as well as a Director and Shareholder of the firm. In addition to his leadership duties, he selects and monitors Steadyhand's fund managers, manages the firm’s Founders Fund and plays a central role in delivering the firm's key messages to clients. Tom holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba (1979) and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (1983). He has over 30 years of experience in the investment industry. Tom started his career in 1983 as an Equity Analyst at Richardson Greenshields. In 1991, he joined Phillips, Hager & North as a Research Analyst and Institutional Portfolio Manager. Tom was appointed COO in 1998, and President and CEO in 1999, a role he held until he resigned in 2005. He currently serves as a member of the Investment Committee of the Vancouver Foundation and is a regular contributor to the National Post. Aside from stocks and bonds, Tom's passions include skiing, golf, Sports Illustrated, music, The Family Guy and his wife Lori.
Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder
Neil is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Steadyhand. He is responsible for overseeing Steadyhand's operations and client service, including all technology initiatives. Neil is a Director and Shareholder of Steadyhand and plays a key leadership role in the company. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 1990 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and began his career at B.C. Hydro, where he worked for five years as a Protection & Control Engineer. In 1996, Neil co-founded Habanero Consulting Group, an enterprise web application development firm. Under his leadership as CEO, the company grew to become western Canada's premier web consulting firm. Neil sold his interest in the firm in 2004 to take on a new venture, and teamed up with Tom in the spring of 2006 to help create Steadyhand. When his wife and three kids allow him some flex time, he can be found mountain biking, skiing, or if the mood strikes, writing code.
Chief Financial Officer & Compliance Officer
Elaine is the Chief Financial Officer and Compliance Officer of Steadyhand. She is a Shareholder of the firm and oversees all financial reporting and regulatory responsibilities. Elaine earned her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia in 1992. She has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry. Elaine started her career at Ernst & Young, where she earned her Chartered Accountant designation in 1995. In 1996, she joined the Vancouver Stock Exchange as an Examiner. Subsequently, in 2000, she joined Qtrade Financial as the firm's CFO and Compliance Officer. Elaine was one of Qtrade's first employees and helped build the firm from a start-up to a leader in online brokerage. She joined Steadyhand in the fall of 2006. As an accomplished tennis player and CFO, she has a keen eye on the base line. As a mother of two and Compliance Officer, the other eye is on the naughty chair.
Chief Development Officer
David is Steadyhand's Chief Development Officer. His focus is on growing the Steadyhand footprint, both strategically and one client at a time. He is a Shareholder of the firm and runs Steadyhand's Toronto office. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University and has over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry. He began his career at Royal Trust in the 1980's and subsequently moved on to State Street Trust Company Canada, where he spent 12 years, the last eight as President and CEO. In 2004, David was appointed President of Thomson Financial Canada, where he worked for 4½ years before dipping into early retirement in 2008. His wife and four children had enough of his “studying and investing sabbatical” and drove him back into the work force in late 2009, when he joined Steadyhand and opened the firm’s Toronto office. David loves to play competitive sports (especially mountain biking, squash and skiing) and enjoys coming out west for the real thing whenever he can.
Salman is a Portfolio Manager with Steadyhand. He is a Shareholder of the firm and works closely with Tom monitoring the firm’s fund managers and doing investment research. Salman earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University in 2006 and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He started his career in Toronto at Mercer Investment Consulting in 2007, where he worked as an Analyst. In 2011, Salman moved to Morningstar Canada, where he held the role of Fund Analyst, and later, Associate Director of Active Research. Salman joined Steadyhand in early 2015. Outside the office, he enjoys cooking, reading, basketball, soccer, travel and trekking (he’s already knocked Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Borneo and Vietnam off his bucket list). And like Warren Buffett, he’s always on the hunt for a good burger.
Director of Communications
Scott is Steadyhand's Director of Communications. He is a Shareholder of the firm and oversees Steadyhand's client communications, website, marketing materials and industry research. Scott also works with clients, providing advice on asset mix and portfolio construction. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 1996, and his diploma in Financial Management (Financial Planning option) from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1998. Scott has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry. He started his career in the late 90's when he joined Phillips, Hager & North. Scott spent eight years at PH&N, where he worked in various departments, including client service, product research & development, and corporate communications. Scott joined Steadyhand in the fall of 2006. Outside the office, he can hold his own on a pair of skis, but his golf game needs some serious editing.
Chris is an Investor Specialist with Steadyhand. He is a Shareholder of the firm and works with clients, providing advice on asset mix, portfolio construction and monitoring, and related issues. Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University in 2002. He holds the Professional Financial Planning designation and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation. After graduating and traveling abroad, Chris began his career in 2003 at HSBC, where he worked for 3½ years as an Account Manager, advising clients on investments, credit and loans, and other financial issues. Chris joined Steadyhand in the spring of 2007. When he’s not talking to clients or about what a proud father he is, he can be found at the beach playing volleyball in the summer and hitting the slopes in the winter.
Lori is an Investor Specialist with Steadyhand. She is a Shareholder of the firm and works with clients, providing advice on asset mix, portfolio construction and monitoring, and related issues. Lori attended the University of Alberta and holds the CIM Designation (Chartered Investment Manager). She started her career in the investment industry in the early 90's in London, England, and has over 25 years of experience. Lori spent close to 15 years with Dominion Securities, where she earned the title of Vice President, Money Market and Fixed Income Sales. Having spent most of her career working with institutional investors, Lori decided she wanted to use her experience to help individual investors and made the move to the advisory side of the business in 2013, prior to joining Steadyhand in the summer of 2014. She has three kids and a husband who keep her busy outside the office, and enjoys travel, food and wine. Lori is also the Co-Chair of Women in Capital Markets (WCM) Vancouver Chapter. As a native Edmontonian, she still cheers for the Oilers (to the horror of her children) and longs for sunny skies.
Evan is an Investor Specialist at Steadyhand based in our Toronto office. He works with clients, providing advice on asset mix, portfolio construction and monitoring, and related issues. Evan has over 15 years of industry experience. He started his career at Scotiabank in 2000, where he worked as a personal banker and financial advisor. He joined CDSPI (Canadian Dental Service Plans Inc.) in 2006, where he worked for 10 years exclusively with dentists providing investment and financial planning advice. Evan attended Fanshawe College and completed the Professional Financial Services program in 2000. He obtained his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2003, achieved the Fellow of Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) designation in 2008, and Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation in 2013. Evan grew up in downtown Toronto, and by default, is an avid Leafs fan. Outside the office he enjoys traveling and cycling, and is a big foodie. He has a deep love for dogs, his hometown, his wife Tuli, and his son Elan.
Sher is an Investor Specialist at Steadyhand based in our Toronto office. She is a Shareholder of the firm and works closely with Chris, Lori, Evan, Jeff and Lisa in servicing clients. Sher holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University and has completed the Canadian Securities Course and the CSI Professional Financial Planning Course. She has worked in the investment management business since 1991. Sher began her career at CN (Montreal) and subsequently moved on to Marleau, Lemire Securities (Vancouver). In 1998 she joined Genus Capital Management as an Assistant Portfolio Manager, a position she held for 10 years. Sher joined Steadyhand in the fall of 2008. An enthusiastic ballroom dancer and runner, Sher can also be found racing sailboats year-round. And not just for the hot toddys, so she says.
Director of Operations
Raj is Steadyhand’s Director of Operations. He is responsible for keeping the firm’s operations platform and processes running smoothly. Raj holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Simon Fraser University and has over 15 years of experience in the investment industry. He started his career in 2000 at Raymond James, where he managed the firm’s mutual funds operations and registered plans departments. Raj worked at Raymond James for 10 years before moving to Canaccord in 2011 in a similar role. He joined Steadyhand in January 2017. Outside the office, his young sons Nihal and Baris keep him busy and he enjoys spending time with family and friends, although he’s known to sneak in a football game or three when time permits. Raj takes the award for Steadyhand’s best-dressed employee and is the office’s resident expert on Seinfeld trivia ... not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Jody is an Operations Specialist with Steadyhand. She is involved in many facets of our operations, including account setup and maintenance, trade execution, client reporting support and operational project coordination. Jody earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia in 2014. She previously worked as a Veterinary Assistant and has a love for animals, especially her husky-cross, Shyla. Jody joined Steadyhand in the winter of 2015. Outside the office, she enjoys hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, scuba diving and all things outdoors. Jody isn't afraid to try new things and has a staggeringly funny side to her.
Paul is an Operations Specialist at Steadyhand. He is involved in many facets of our operations, including new account setup, document management, mail and courier management, and data analytics. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and has completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program. He started his career in the investment business in 2003 with RBC Capital Markets where he worked as an equity analyst for three years. Paul then spent some time doing various project work, including assignments for Steadyhand. He joined the firm in a full-time capacity in March 2017. Outside the office, Paul enjoys to travel and is a car fanatic. Given our office’s proximity to the city’s luxury auto dealers, it’s never hard to find him at lunch.
Associate Investor Specialist
Jeff is an Associate Investor Specialist at Steadyhand. He works closely with our client service team in helping our investors build and manage their portfolios. Jeff attended Faulkner University in Alabama on a golf scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management. He was the university’s head golf coach in his senior year, and needless to say, has a steady set of hands. Following university, Jeff chose to work in the advisory side of the investment business, as he saw it as a natural extension of his passion for coaching. He started his career at Royal Bank in 2012 as a Client Service Representative, and subsequently joined MD Management in 2015 as a Client Assistant, and later, Team Lead. Outside the office, Jeff has a passion for sports, the outdoors and nature in general. Especially birdies and eagles.
Associate Investor Specialist
Lisa is an Associate Investor Specialist at Steadyhand. She works closely with our client service team in helping our investors build and manage their portfolios. Lisa holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is currently pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation (she has passed Level III of the program). She has a passion for financial literacy and was part of the founding team of a financial education program for university students during her time at U of A. Lisa started her career at RBC PH&N in 2016, where she worked as a summer student and later as a Private Client Associate. She decided to move to the west coast in October 2018 and joined Steadyhand the following month. When she’s not working or studying, Lisa enjoys Pilates, spending time with friends and family, and Vancouver’s craft ice cream scene. Although not necessarily in that order.
Priya is Steadyhand’s Office Manager. She keeps our World Headquarters on West 3rd Avenue running smoothly and is a valuable resource for the team. Priya is the welcoming face you’ll first see when you visit us in Kitsilano. She started her career as a hairdresser and later worked as a cosmetologist. After more than 10 years in the beauty industry, Priya switched gears and joined CIBC as a Branch Ambassador in 2010. She worked at the bank for eight years before joining Steadyhand in the summer of 2018. Outside the office, she enjoys biking the Seawall and other outdoor activities including hiking — watch out for her on the Grouse Grind! Priya’s also a foodie and wine lover and enjoys all the bounty that B.C. has to offer. If you’re looking for a restaurant recommendation after stopping in for a portfolio review, she’s got you covered.