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Brett Tanner
CFP, President, Certified Financial Planner, Group, Life,Disability & Critical Illness Consultant

As an independent life insurance broker with Tanner Financial Services, Brett is also the exclusive agent for the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan in North York servicing the Toronto Regional Board of Trade. Brett is the Regional Marketing Director for the Chambers Plan in Ontario.

Brett began his insurance career in 1997 and is licensed as a life insurance broker and as well as being a Certified Financial Planner.

Brett is also very proud to run the Tanner Financial Services Charity Golf Classic each year benefitting autistic children. Over the first 11 years the event has raised over $100,000 towards helping these children and their families.

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Sharon Wang, P. Eng.
Financial Consultant
Mortgage Agent (Lic. #M09002174)
Life, Disability & Critical Illness Consultant

Sharon Wang is a financial consultant, licensed mortgage agent since 2009 (Lic #. M09002174) and life insurance broker since 2012. She is also a tax professional providing tax preparation and planning services to our clients. Prior to joining the financial services industry, Sharon worked in the computer software industry for over 20 years focusing on financial software. She graduated from the University of Toronto Electrical Engineering in 1985 with a degree as a Professional Engineer. Sharon is currently working on her CFP designations.

Sharon loves to work with people to help them to reach their financial goals. Sharon works from both the investment side and credit side to provide full, tax efficient and complete financial plans and solutions that focus on the specific needs of the clients.

Sharon loves to golf and is very active in local charities. Sharon is fully committed to providing an outstanding level of service and support to our clients. Sharon is also fluent in Mandarin.

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Manuel Ferreira
Group, Life, Disability & Critical Illness Consultant

Manuel obtained his insurance license in 2007 after a 17 year career as Operations Manager for a North American wide distributor of construction materials.

As an independent life insurance broker with Tanner Financial Services, Manuel is an exclusive agent for the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan in North York servicing the Toronto Regional Board of Trade and in Brampton servicing the Brampton Board of Trade. Additionally he provides expert consultation and advice in the areas of employee benefits, life insurance, disability and critical illness for individuals and companies of all sizes and industries.

Manuel's focus is on individual employee benefits, critical illness, disability and life insurance for owners and employees of small businesses. Manuel is also fluent in both Spanish and Portugese, while representing the Toronto Hispanic Chamber.

Manuel is the Honorary Ambassador of the Brampton Board of Trade and a Board member of the King City Skating Club.

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 Jane Ho
Accounting
Financial & Administrative Assistant

Jane graduated with a General Accounting Diploma from Centennial College and has worked in the accounting field for over 20 years. She has been with the Tanner Financial Services team since 2009 as our Financial and Accounting Administrator.

Jane is fluent in both Cantonese and Mandarin. She enjoys using her accounting and administrative skills to provide the highest level of customer service to our clients. She is also experienced with income tax preparation, and is adept at multitasking.

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Paul Chiarot
Associate Regional Marketing Director

Paul joined Tanner Financial in 2012 as Associate Regional Marketing Director for the Chambers Plan in Ontario. Paul holds a science degree from Dalhousie University and a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Tanner Financial, Paul held a variety of positions of increasing responsibility at Honeywell Limited in the Toronto Area. These roles included: Product Specialist, Product Manager, Estimating Supervisor and Project Manager. Paul has had a keen interest in business, marketing and investing for nearly 20 years. He is now an insurance advisor.

Paul has been involved in a number of hobbies including coaching his children’s soccer teams.

Paul believes in providing the best possible service to both internal and external customers thereby building lasting relationships and growing businesses.

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Chloe Connor
Financial, Marketing and Administrative Support Manager

Chloe attended Heriot-Watt University in Scotland under the Textile Design Program. Her textiles have been featured in displays in Edinburgh and in Paris runway shows. Her interior designs have also been highly recommended for implementation. During her time at Heriot-Watt she learned about business marketing and branding as well as business economics.

Upon moving to Canada, Chloe completed her Personal Assistant Diploma. She worked for the Johnston Group as a Marketing and Administrative Support Manager for the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan from 2008 until transferring to Tanner Financial Services under the same role in 2012.

Chloe focuses on assisting the advisors and chambers which work within the Chambers Plan. She prides herself on her planning, communication and service skills. Chloe is an avid artist and enjoys spending time with her son.

Christopher Tanner, GBA
Group and Individual Insurance Broker

Chris joined Tanner Financial Services in 2006. He earned his life, accident and sickness insurance licence in 2008. With a primary focus on group benefit plans for businesses of all sizes, Chris earned the Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and Dalhousie University in 2013. He is committed to furthering his education in multiple areas of the group benefits and insurance industry. Chris takes pride in building long-term solutions and lasting relationships with his clients.

As an independent insurance and group benefits broker with Tanner Financial Services, Chris is also an exclusive agent for the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan in North York and Scarborough, servicing the Toronto Region Board of Trade.

When not hard at work, Chris enjoys writing music, working out, the outdoors and spending time with family and friends.

Cynthia Sani-Bakhtiari
Client Service Representative, Life Advisor

Serving as our Client Service Representative for our group and individual life clients, Cynthia is an integral part of our team. Prior to relocating to the GTA Cynthia studied at the University of Buffalo earning a Bachelor’s degree in 2006, and is also life licensed. She brings forth over 15 years’ experience in the customer service field and enjoys interacting with her clients in striving to provide extraordinary support at all times. A true Leo, Cynthia is both loyal and energetic, and as well a proud mother and wife.

Umberto Speciale
Financial Planner
Life, Disability & Critical Illness Consultant

Umberto Speciale has been in the financial services industry for over 20 years after graduating from York University. He has held the Certified Financial Planner designation since 1993 and became a Branch Manager in 1994. He works with his clients in order to develop a financial plan that caters to his clients specific financial needs. He also ensures that his clients have proper life, disability and critical illness coverage.

Umberto lives in Woodbridge with his wife Cathy of 20 years and his sons Matthew ,Nicholas, Michael and Andrew.

Nigel McGilvery
Employee Benefit Consultant

Nigel is a dedicated employee benefits consultant and financial services professional with over 15 years of experience. His time spent working with employers and employees alike enables him to provide his clients with group retirement/benefits, life, health and wealth solutions that best fits their needs and individual requirements. Nigel has a proven track record of building and maintaining strong relationships with his clients and working within partnerships.

As an independent life insurance broker with Tanner Financial Services, Nigel is also an exclusive agent for the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan in North York servicing the Toronto Regional Board of Trade and in Brampton servicing the Brampton Board of Trade.

Nigel is an avid sports fan and enjoys coaching football and spending time with his 3 children.

Monique Rodriques
Client Service Representative

Monique has worked in the financial and customer service industries for over 20 years delivering excellent client service to her clients. She comes with a diverse background as a Commercial Surety Underwriter and Financial Consultant. Monique adds value, strength and depth to the Tanner Financial team and our clients.

In her free time she enjoys playing basketball, being out doors and being a mother.

Taylor Rae
Administration

Taylor joined the Tanner Financial team in Summer 2018. She comes from a background of legal administration and has her Diploma as a Law Clerk from Seneca College School of Legal and Public Administration. Previously, she studied graphic design, journalism and media at the University of Guelph-Humber.

Taylor’s role at Tanner Financial revolves around reception for the office, assisting Brett, the Insurance Advisors and Administration Teams in the office to provide the best and most efficient customer service.

When not hard at work, Taylor enjoys spending time with her puppy, friends and family.

Dale Clinker
Administration

Since earning his Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University in 2014, Dale has successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course. He has also completed an FSCO certified Mortgage Agent Course, meeting all the educational requirements to obtain his Mortgage Agent License in Ontario.

Dale has been with Tanner Financial Services since the beginning of 2018, and currently assists advisors in building personal financial plans and in mortgage brokering. He is invested in expanding his financial knowledge and is committed to continuing his education in multiple facets of the financial industry.

Dale is a passionate hockey fan and enjoys spending time up north at the cottage.