Freedom 55 Financial

Our team

Leadership team

Murray Parks, CFP®, CLU,CH.F.C.
Managing Director
Burlington/Niagara Financial Centre
Murray Parks | Freedom 55 Financial | Niagara & St. Catharines
Louise Walkinshaw, FLMI, ACS, AIAA
Regional Sales Support Manager
Burlington/Niagara Financial Centre
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.

Austin Wassink, CFP®
Training Manager
Burlington/Niagara Financial Centre
CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER®
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.

Megan Young, BA, ALMI, ACS
Sales Support Manager
Burlington Financial Centre
Megan Young
Stephen Baldinelli, B.Ed
Director, Advisor Experience
Niagara Financial Centre
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 and his family currently reside in Niagara Falls.

Margaret Bennett, Hon. B.A., MA, CFP®
Director, Advisor Experience
Niagara Financial Centre
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 moved into a management role in 2017. As Director, Advisor Experience she works to recruit and train our next generation of advisors to grow their skills and confidence to become advisors who are integral to their clients’ physical, financial, and emotional well-being.

David Blanche
Director, Practice Development
Burlington/Niagara Financial Centre
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

As a director of business development, I like to focus on attracting well educated, entrepreneurial professionals to join our organization through a rewarding career as a financial security advisor.

Whether you're new to the industry or already building your practice, I can work with you to help develop your financial security planning practices through coaching and business building practices such as prospecting, networking and marketing.

Our financial security advisors know the value and the key role they play in helping Canadians reach their goals and dreams.

I take pride in everything I do both professionally – where I am always looking for ways to improve the advisor or customer experience, and personally when I’m on the soccer field as a referee or at home with my family.

Leelaas Latif
Director, Practice Development
Burlington Financial Centre
Kevin Plue, Hons. B.A.
Director, Practice Development
Niagara Financial Centre
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