2019 Faculty

2019 Faculty

Your 2019 Faculty


The Advocis Banff School has always been known for its amazing Faculty. Did you know that in the 65 year history of the Advocis Banff School that we've never paid any of these amazing folks? 

They come out and speak of their own accord because they believe in the school, and they believe in supporting those Advisors who are willing to invest in themselves by attending. 

This year's Faculty is another amazing lineup of experts. Get ready to learn and be inspired!


Rick Forchuk

MBA, CFP, CLU, CH.F.C.

Distribution Consultant, Empire Life

Rick entered the life insurance business as an advisor in Edmonton in 1971 after working in radio, television and newspapers.  An MDRT producer, he then occupied roles as sales manager, branch manager, National Director of Training and Management Development, Vice-President, Retail Insurance Distribution for Canada, and is currently Distribution Consultant working through the new regulatory, market, and distribution challenges in the current business environment.  Rick is a regular contributor as a speaker to industry and non-industry events throughout Canada and the U.S.  His industry involvement includes a two-year stint as president of the Manager’s Association of Financial Advisors of Canada (MAFAC) and he was Chair of the Canadian Life and Health Association’s Sub-Committee on Agency Regulation.  He also sits on the CLHIA Steering Committee on MGA regulation.

Rick lives in the beachfront community of White Rock, BC, and maintains a toe-hold in the media with daily commentaries on radio stations from Victoria to Southwestern Ontario.  He has been married to Betty, a grief counselor and personal trainer, since 1967.  They have one daughter and two grandchildren.


Anthonet Maramieri

Chief Operating Officer of the Alberta Insurance Council

Anthonet is the Chief Operating Officer of the Alberta Insurance Council, overseeing Compliance, Investigations, Licensing, Technology and Legal and Regulatory Affairs.  She has more than 25 years’ experience in both the private and public sectors working with financial services organizations to strategically grow their business, effectively manage operations, enhance their risk profiles and their corporate governance structures, all the while keeping consumer protection front of mind.

Prior to joining the AIC in 2014, she was the Ombudsman and Vice-President, Technology & Operations for Bank West.

She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, holds a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and is currently an EMBA candidate at University of Calgary, Haskayne School of Business, for class of 2020.


Jamie Golombek

Managing Director, Tax & Estate Planning - CIBC

Jamie Golombek is Managing Director, Tax & Estate Planning with CIBC in Toronto. As a member of the CIBC Financial Planning & Advice team, Jamie works closely with advisors from across CIBC to support their clients and deliver integrated financial planning and strong advisory solutions.

He received his B.Com. from McGill University, earned his CPA designation in Ontario and qualified as a U.S. CPA in Illinois. He has also obtained his Certified Financial Planning (CFP) and Chartered Life Underwriting (CLU) designations.

Jamie is quoted frequently in the national media as an expert on taxation, writes a weekly column called “Tax Expert” in the National Post, has appeared as a guest on BNN, CTV News, and The National and has been a regular personal finance guest on The Marilyn Denis Show.

Jamie is a recipient of CPA Ontario’s Award of Distinction, which honours those CPAs who have made an early impact, bringing distinction to themselves and to their profession through leadership and achievement in their professional, community and/or personal lives.


Perry Monaco

Head of Customer Success – Canada and New Business LinkedIn

Perry Monaco leads the Customer Success Organization in Canada for LinkedIn, as well as a team of CSMs focused on CS activity in a pre-sales function in the USA. His teams work with talent acquisition departments and companies building social media recruitment strategies while focusing on the end user to manage retention, customer experience, and account growth through customer success planning. Perry was one of the first 4.5 million members of LinkedIn and was previously a recruiter before helping to build the CS practice at LinkedIn. Perry currently resides in the Greater Toronto Area with his wife and three children.


Micheline Varas

BA, RHU, RFC, EPC, GBDS

Micheline joined Customplan Financial in 1994 where she is both a Senior Partner and an independent advisor. Micheline works in conjunction with several insurers and their respective underwriters and is a consulting resource to financial advisors, large institutions, individual and corporate clients. She has grown her practice and that of others by specializing in collaborative work opportunities. Her focus is to structure and deliver creative, cost and tax effective risk mitigation solutions and concepts.

Micheline’s extensive experience in Living Benefits enabled her to be the first recipient of the GBDS (Group Benefits Disability Specialist) designation in Canada, and one of the founding moderators for the Canadian Initiative for Elder Planning Studies. She currently heads Customplan’s Living Benefits’ Division. A Top of the Table (MDRT) member, Micheline has many industry and non-industry publications, holds various training and educational events and has been a speaker at numerous international congresses (inclusive of The Million Dollar Round Table and Top of the Table conferences). In 2014 Micheline was named one of 50 Women of Influence in Canada’s insurance industry.


Bill Beausay

Bill Beausay (Bo-say) is the former Director of Research and Development at the Academy of Sports Psychology, author of nearly 20 books including 3 national best sellers with worldwide circulation over 1 million copies, and creator of MindRev™ Labs. Bill did his Doctoral work at the University of Toledo and spent 10 years in a professional clinical practice before becoming a writer and international speaker on how to do more, make more and be more. He has spoken for dozens of Fortune 500 firms and has been featured on radio, newspapers, television, and magazines coast-to-coast. Bill is a pilot, scuba diver, skier, adventurer and grandfather of 9.


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Karen Cutler

MBA, FALU, FLMI

VP & Chief Underwriter Individual Insurance

Karen has been with Manulife since 2006 as head of underwriting for individual life and living benefits. Karen is responsible for managing a team of highly skilled professional underwriters, and direction of underwriting philosophy. Since joining Manulife, Karen has implemented many industry leading underwriting developments including fluid free Accelerated underwriting, reduced evidence requirements and insuring people who are HIV positive. She works closely with pricing, product and advanced analytics teams to drive improvements in underwriting processes and the customer buying experience

Karen is active in the insurance industry having spoken at a number of industry meetings in Canada and the US including CALU. She was the 2014 Chair of the Canadian Reinsurance Committee and is an active member of the CLHIA Committee on Underwriting Issues.

Before joining Manulife, Karen was Chief Underwriter at Swiss Re for Canada and the Caribbean and led several global projects including manual and underwriting systems development.


Mark J. Hanna

CLU, ChFC, AIF

Mark Hanna is the Founder and President of Hanna Insurance & Financial Solutions, Inc., an Executive Benefits and Financial Services firm specializing in integrated retirement and compensation solutions for executives and high net-worth professionals.

A 41 year veteran of the financial services industry, Mark is recognized internationally for professional and industry accomplishments. Most recently, Mark served as the 2017 President of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT). A 31-year MDRT member, Mark holds 3 Court of the Table and 19 consecutive Top of the Table honors and served as Chair and Divisional Vice President of Top of the Table in 2007.

Mark’s professional experience is extensive, having served on many local, state and national boards of directors, including as President of the Golden Gate and East Bay Chapters of the Society of Financial Service Professionals (FSP), President of the San Francisco chapter of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA)> Mark also served on the National Board of Directors of The Society of Financial Service Professionals and as a State Trustee of NAIFA—California.

Mark and his wife Barbara have four grown children, three grandchildren, and reside in Marin County California.


Wayne Cotton

CLU

Wayne struggled for several years before deciphering the “growth code” for his career. Over the following 10 years he was able to 10X his revenues, but did that in only one-tenth the time. That’s a hundred-fold change in productivity.

Wayne’s five Principles of Growth™ helped him develop a seven-figure personal income while working only 65 selling afternoons a year in his practice. He qualified for MDRT, Court of the Table or Top of the Table for 21 of his 28 years as a financial advisor.

Wayne converted his personality-driven practice to a process-driven business that was sizable, scalable and salable. To the surprise of many, he activated his succession plan in 1996 and sold his financial services business a month before he turned 50.

While he was still building his financial practice, Wayne delivered two main platform talks at MDRT annual meetings. Before long, he became a sought after industry speaker and delivered over 1000 industry talks and workshops covering 16 countries worldwide.

Based on requests from advisors, Wayne built training programs and published the Cotton System that helps advisors find and select the right new clients. He also created productivity systems to help field leaders improve their results in recruiting, selection, induction and production. In the 90’s those systems were implemented with 33 life insurance companies throughout Canada, Australia and the USA.

At the 2013 MDRT annual meeting, Wayne delivered a 90-minute Top of the Table Focus Group session called “The Pathway to Freedom™. He spoke about using key principles to create a business model that delivers more money, time and mental freedom.

Wayne now conducts 3-day Pathway to Freedom™ Retreats, coaching seasoned advisors on his growth formula to help them achieve a 7-figure personal income while taking 180 days off each year for their personal lives.  

Wayne and Brenda, his wife and business partner live in the Okanagan Valley in BC.


Brad Brain

B.A. (Economics), CFP, R.F.P., CLU, CH.F.C, CHS, CIM, FCSI, TEP

Brad Brain has been serving clients for more than 25 years with multi-disciplinary expertise. Brad is nationally recognized for his expertise in retirement income planning.  Brad has helped to author the Certified Financial Planners qualification exam, and has appeared as an expert witness on poverty reduction strategies for the Parliament of Canada. For nine years Brad served on the Insurance Council of BC, the insurance regulator for the province of British Columbia. Brad belongs to a number of industry committees including the Advocis Provincial Advocacy Committee for British Columbia. He has shared his thoughts on financial planning at the Canada Sales Congress, Advocis Okanagan School, Advocis Atlantic School, CALU, and the Million Dollar Round Table. A career highlight was speaking to an audience of 15,000 financial professionals on the Main Platform at the 2018 MDRT annual meeting in Los Angeles. He is the author of Prosperity: Making Smart, Strategic Decisions about Money.


Betty Forchuk

Betty’s adult life was pretty ordinary as a homemaker and mother, until she became a charter member of the White Rock Hospice Society in her BC home of White Rock, and spent the next 14 years at the bedside of the dying, in effect, building long-term relationships with short-term people.

As a Hospice worker, Betty counseled the living and comforted the dying, often leaving the warmth of her own bed in the middle of the night when a call came that one of her patients was not likely to make it until dawn.  Working with surviving families after the death of the patient, she was often, like many in this profession, mentally wounded from the constant pain.

Physical exercise was an outlet, a way of easing that burden, and she became actively involved in personal development.  After 14 years in a hospital environment and three more years doing private grief counseling by referral, she chose to go back to school on two fronts:  she secured a college diploma in family counseling, which led her to work with troubled teens, and also took courses to become a personal trainer. 

She is an in-demand speaker, particularly to women’s groups, and has appeared on radio and television in various capacities.

Betty and Rick have been married since 1967, have two daughters, three grandchildren and continue to live at the West Coast in White Rock, BC.


Brad Hyde

Vice-President, Advanced Sales

As Vice-President, Advanced Sales for PPI Advisory, Brad is responsible for providing product and technical support to financial advisors working in the business owner, family enterprise and high net-worth market. His role is to utilize a team-coordinated approach by ensuring business synergy and collaboration between all parties including PPI, the Insurance Advisor, and Professional Advisors including Accountants and Lawyers to provide practical solutions for the client.

Brad joined PPI in 2016 with over 25 years of experience in the Life Insurance and Investment industry. Prior to joining PPI, he spent 14 years in Alberta building a successful advanced marketing practice that supported advisors’ sales efforts in the areas of succession and estate planning for business and farm owners.

Brad has an Honours Business degree in Finance and Marketing, and holds various industry designations including,  Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS) and Elder Planning Counselor (EPC). Brad is a member of the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting (CALU) and currently serves as a Board member on the Edmonton Estate Planning Counsel.


Herb Huck

CPA, CA, CMA, CEA, BBA

Vice-President, Advanced Markets, BMO Life Assurance Company

Herb has been actively involved in the life insurance industry for over 30 years and has an accounting background.  He has spent most of his career working in the insurance sales and management fields holding positions in Finance, Advanced Marketing, Distributor Relationships, and Product and Business Development.  Herb has also been very active in industry associations over the years. He has represented the industry through both the CLHIA and CALU and worked closely with a number of committees dealing with government agencies and regulators. Herb has been a featured speaker at various industry events and written articles on insurance estate planning matters. More recently, Herb assumed the role of the inaugural chairperson for the National Advisory Committee of the Canadian Executor Advisor Network as well as sitting on the not-for-profit Board.


Todd Hirsch

Vice President and Chief Economist of ATB Financial. 

For over 20 years, Todd has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. For almost a decade, Todd taught economics at the University of Calgary. He released his third book, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change, in 2017. He holds a BA Honours in Economics from the U of Alberta, and an MA in Economics from the University of Calgary.

Todd has served on the University of Calgary Board of Governors and is the chair of the Calgary Arts Academy. He also currently serves on the boards of the Glenbow Museum and the Alberta Ballet.

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