Meet our team

With over 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, we have designed and implemented a process that allows us to comfortably navigate our clients through turbulent and ever-changing economic and personal circumstances.

Our skills and offerings go well beyond the management of your financial assets. Using the tenets and benefits of a Private Family Office model, we partner with our Tax & Estate Planning Team which is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals who have the technical expertise and experience to help protect and enhance clients' wealth. Our Team provides support in the development and implementation of customized solutions for clients encompassing financial, tax, estate, philanthropic and succession planning strategies.

We represent and assist a limited number of family households in order to never lose sight of the personal approach that enhances your experience. Many of these relationships are decades in the making and have become multi-generational

Thomas Courteau CIM®
Vice President, Portfolio Manager & Investment Advisor

As a B.Comm. graduate from Concordia University and a licenced insurance and options specialist, I started my career as an Investment Adviser in 1987 and have worked with the likes of Merrill Lynch, TD Evergreen, National Bank Financial, and Macquarie Private Wealth, which was acquired by Richardson GMP.

Over the past 25 years, I have navigated my clients through turbulent and ever-changing economic times. To be proactive, devote proper attention to portfolio performance and nurture rewarding relationships, I keep my client base to a limited size. I help my clients understand the current and projected macro-economic climate as it relates to their personal financial reality and future needs. Many of my clients wish to generate income from their portfolio to sustain their current lifestyle while protecting their capital for retirement. To achieve this, I hand-pick the appropriate money managers and hedge fund managers to provide the absolute returns required.

I coach young athletes in a number of community-based programs and have been involved as a fundraiser and supporter of youth-at-risk through the Children’s Aid Foundation.

Portfolio Management Team

Craig D. Basinger, CFA

Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager

Beginning his investment career in 1995, Craig Basinger has focused on investment strategy and managing Canadian and U.S. equity portfolios for Canadian investors. Craig believes that investment success begins with the big picture. If you are in the wrong sectors, the best stock picking in the world can’t save you. Craig spends a considerable amount of analytical energy on identifying economic expectations, allocating assets, and formulating sector views and style/quantitative tilts. He develops and tests these themes continuously. At the company level, he uses fundamental research in conjunction with a proprietary quantitative scoring system and technical analysis for entry/exit points. Craig’s multi-disciplined investment approach combines economics, early foundations in quantitative research and fundamental analysis.

 

James Price, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Jamie is the Director of Investment and Advice at Richardson GMP. In this capacity, Jamie helps advisors and clients build portfolios and navigate a crowded universe of investment products. In addition, Jamie contributes the writing of our market commentaries, including the daily Launch Pad, to keep our advisors and clients well informed. Jamie graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours BA in Economics and Geography in 1997 and started in fixed income the same year working on the Bond Desk at First Marathon Securities, which was later acquired by National Bank Financial. Jamie joined First Associates in 2003, which evolved into Blackmont Capital and then Macquarie Private Wealth. He was appointed Vice President, Fixed Income, in 2005 and became a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder in 2006. A year later, he was appointed Director of Fixed Income. Jamie’s experience in the bond world makes him well positioned to contribute to the macro strategy of the asset management team. Jamie Price, as a portfolio manager, is the lead manager of the Connected Wealth bond strategies.

 

An Nguyen, CFA

Vice President, Investment Services

An graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce, and is a CFA charter holder.  An has been in the investment industry for nearly twenty years and has worked for Canadian and Global financial institutions along the way.  As Vice-President, Investments Services and Proposals, An is responsible for the firm’s product research platform for public funds and manages the investment proposals and RFP process.

An started her career on the investment custody side where she specialized in portfolio transition management dealing with Canada’s largest pension plans and investment managers.  Prior to joining Richardson GMP, An was Vice President, Products & Services at Macquarie Private Wealth, and was responsible for the firm’s fee-based programs including the advisor managed discretionary, third party managed discretionary, and non-discretionary platforms. Prior to joining Macquarie, An was an analyst for the consulting group at CIBC Asset Management where she was part of the manager research team that was responsible for the sub-advisory relationships for over $110 billion in assets under management.  On the manager research team, she covered Canadian equity, fixed income and Global fixed income investment managers.

With a 360-degree backdrop of the investment management business, including custody, transition management, and portfolio management, An brings best practice ideas and solutions to the investment team.  As a result of her dealings with both the end client and the investment manager, An has a balanced, and disciplined perspective to investment management with a focus on portfolio implementation, on-going monitoring, and risk-management.

 

Tax & Estate Planning Team

Maureen Glenn, B.A., FLMI, CFP®, TEP, EPC

Vice President, Tax & Estate Planning

Maureen works with Investment Advisory Teams and their affluent clients to navigate the entire wealth planning process; from initial discovery with the client, through to the final presentation. She is a dynamic speaker who can translate complex wealth planning concepts into efficient and effective action plans for clients. This holistic approach combined with her financial planning expertise offers a unique and practical perspective to retirement, trust, and estate planning.

Maureen joined the firm in 2006 and moved to the Tax & Estate Planning team in early 2010. The previous 20 years of her career were focused in the Life and Health Insurance Industry where she gained significant experience as a Financial Services Advisor, Mutual Fund Salesperson and as a product, sales, software and compliance trainer.

Maureen is a Certified Financial Planner® practitioner and is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners. She has completed the Canadian Securities Course (CSC), the Life License Qualification Program (LLQP) and the Canadian Investment Funds Course (IFIC). She also holds the designation of Fellow, Life Management Institute (FLMI) and other insurance designations from the Life Office Management Association (LOMA).

 

Sylvia Azoulay, LL.B., TEP

Vice President, Tax & Estate Planning

Sylvia works closely with Investment Advisors and their clients to explore and identify issues that address clients’ overall wealth planning needs. She helps clients formulate objectives, understand issues and strategies and facilitates implementation of their goals. Sylvia understands the sensitive issues relating to family dynamics and wealth transfer.

Sylvia is an estate planning lawyer with many years of experience. Prior to joining Richardson GMP, she was a principal in her own strategic wealth planning firm and also spent many years in the financial industry dealing with wealth planning solutions for high net worth clients.

Sylvia has been an instructor at Humber College School of Business and at the Bar Admission course at the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Estate Planning Council of Toronto. She is a seasoned presenter on topics of importance to high net worth families.

 

Jason Middleton

Individual Insurance Consultant

Jason has a well-rounded knowledge of the Insurance industry having worked at all levels of the business. He has worked at the manufacturer level, at the distributor level and, most importantly, as an Independent Insurance Broker and business owner.

Jason’s financial and accounting backgrounds allow him to take a comprehensive approach to advanced Estate and Insurance planning for clients. His ‘educate first’ approach resonates well with clients, who feel that his solution-based recommendations are tailored to their individual needs.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors in Accounting and Corporate Finance in 1999 from the University of New Brunswick. He began working on his CA with Deloitte and Touche in 2001 after taking a sabbatical to train and try out for the Canadian Olympic Swim Team. Upon returning to the work force Jason completed the CSC and earned his CFP designation in 2003.

* Insurance services offered through Richardson GMP Insurance Services Limited. Jason Middleton is the owner of The Producers Planning Group.