Freedom 55 Financial

Our team

Management team

Murray Parks, CFP,CLU,CH.F.C.
Managing Director, Burlington/Niagara Financial Centre
Office:
905-332-3400 ext. 522
Fax:
905-332-3999
Murray Parks | Freedom 55 Financial | Niagara & St. Catharines
Dianne Burnison, FLMI, ACS, AIAA, AIRC, PCS
Regional Sales Support Manager
Burlington/Niagara Financial Centre
Office:
905-332-3400 ext. 511
Fax:
905-332-3999
Toll Free:
1-800-344-6235

With diploma in hand, Dianne eagerly entered the workforce in 1983 and her career with London Life began. She worked in a variety of customer service roles in Hamilton and Stoney Creek, and was appointed to a leadership role in 2002. Dianne is a collaborative business partner in Burlington/Niagara, helping to elevate our sales focus and customer service offering through the coaching of our sales support and operations team members.

Louise Walkinshaw, FLMI, ACS, AIAA
Sales Support Manager
Niagara Financial Centre
Office:
905-682-2651 ext. 511
Fax:
905-682-8824
Toll Free:
1-888-209-3650
Louise Walkinshaw

Louise’s career in financial services began in the United Kingdom in 1985 and continued to flourish upon her arrival in Canada ten years later. Louise has held a variety of roles within Freedom 55 Financial; including creating and delivering a national training program for new leaders. In her current Sales Support Manager role Louise is a collaborative business partner leading the day to day management of the Niagara Financial Centre. She is passionate about finding ways to elevate and add value to the sales experience through excellence in sales support! Louise is a trusted partner to our directors, financial security advisors, operations team members and clients.

Margaret Bennett
Training Manager
Burlington/Niagara Financial Centre
Office:
905-332-3400 ext. 486
Fax:
905-332-3999
Margaret Bennett

Margaret Bennett is a second-generation Financial Advisor. 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 and added on the responsibilities of Training Manager for Burlington and Niagara in November 2017. 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 is excited to work with other financial advisors on training and continuing education so that they have the skills and confidence to become the best advisors who are integral to their clients’ personal, financial, and emotional well-being.

Austin Wassink
Training Manager
Burlington/Niagara Financial Centre
Office:
905-682-2651 ext. 4314
Fax:
905-682-8824
Toll Free:
1-888-209-3650
Austin Wassink

Austin Wassink graduated from the Brock University in the Bachelor of Accounting Honours program in 2015. During his time at Brock he had the opportunity to work at a public accounting firm in tax and assurance roles. Austin was born and raised in Niagara and joined the team at Freedom 55 Financial in 2017. Austin has since been appointed to the position of Training Manager for Burlington and Niagara in March 2019. He is looking forward to working with advisors to build a successful practice by providing trustworthy and valuable advice and education to their clients.

Stephen Baldinelli, BA
Director, Advisor Experience
Niagara Financial Centre
Office:
905-682-2651 ext. 341
Toll Free:
1-888-209-3650
 Stephen Baldinelli | Freedom 55 Financial | Niagara & St. Catharines

In 2013, Stephen began his career with Freedom 55 Financial as a Financial Security Advisor. In 2016, he was appointed to the role of Director, Business Development. As a director, he is involved in hiring top talent from the area and helping them grow and develop successful careers in financial services. Stephen brings with him a strong work ethic and a passion for achieving results. Stephen currently resides in Niagara Falls with his wife Melina, daughter Aubrey and son Preston.

David Blanche
Director, Practice Development
Burlington/Niagara Financial Centre
Office:
905-332-3400 ext. 243
Fax:
905-332-3999
Toll Free:
1-800-344-6235 ext. 243
 David Blanche | Freedom 55 Financial | Niagara & St. Catharines

David has a passion for providing financial advice. He began his career in the financial services over a decade ago, specializing in risk management.

Currently as Director, Practice Development for Freedom 55 Financial, David partners with experienced Financial Security Advisors, helping them grow their financial practices. He is also responsible for the sourcing and recruiting of qualified candidates to the role of Financial Security Advisor.

David’s secondary passion is history, which he studied at McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario. David currently lives with his wife, Lindsay and their 3 children in Dundas, Ontario.

Matthew Chopiany, B. Comm.
Director, Advisor Experience
Burlington Financial Centre
Office:
905-332-3400 ext. 325
Fax:
905-332-3999
Toll Free:
1-800-344-6235
Leelaas Latif
Director, Practice Development
Burlington Financial Centre
Office:
905-332-3400 ext. 115
Fax:
905-332-3999
Toll Free:
1-800-344-6235
Kevin Plue, Hons. B.A.
Director, Practice Development
Niagara Financial Centre
Office:
905-682-2651 ext. 237
Fax:
905-688-4094
Toll Free:
1-888-209-3650
Kevin Plue | Freedom 55 Financial | Niagara & St. Catharines

Kevin graduated from Brock University in 1990 and joined London Life shortly thereafter. He worked as a financial security advisor for eight years before taking on a management position within the organization. Kevin has since been appointed Director, Business Development, for Freedom 55 Financial. Kevin has a proven track record of finding and developing world-class financial security advisors.

Jim Tocco, Hon. B.Sc., P.Eng
Director, Advisor Experience
Burlington Financial Centre
Office:
905-332-3400 ext. 296
Fax:
905-332-3999
Toll Free:
1-800-344-6235