Steve has been in the financial industry for over 20 years, during which time he co-founded and was the Chief Executive Officer of Investment Planning Counsel Inc. (IPC) which was sold to IGM Financial in 2004, a member of the Power Financial group of companies. After IPC’s purchase, Steve carried on as CEO and continued to guide the growth of the company. He left IPC at the end of 2010 to pursue his interests in venture capital and philanthropy prior to his joining Bellwether Investment Management in October 2011.
During Steve’s tenure, IPC grew from two small offices with approximately 30 Advisors to a fully integrated wealth management organization which, at the time of Steve’s departure, had 18 billion in assets under administration and 3 billion in assets under management.
Over the past few years, Steve has been active in the venture capital world and has utilized his past experience in growing IPC, and raising capital, to assist young North American companies grow their business. His experience in raising capital spans the entire range of possibilities within the capital markets, including: private equity; venture capital; public markets; strategic partnerships; and both on and off balance sheet debt financing.
Steve believes integrity and ethics are an essential component in business and private life. A key element in his vision is to make a difference in the lives of others. That vision involves a two pronged approach of helping those that are less fortunate, and inspiring others to help those less fortunate. He has participated in events such as the Canadian Iron Man, to raise funds and awareness for the MS society of Canada; ran the Honolulu Marathon in support of The Canadian Diabetes Association and The Make-A-Wish Foundation. He led a group of climbers up Mount Kilimanjaro to raise funds and awareness for the Make-A-Wish Foundation where he served as President of the Toronto and Central Ontario Chapter. Steve is also an active board member and supporter of The Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons Foundation. All of these initiatives have one goal in mind, to raise funds for good causes and to inspire others to take on personal challenges in an effort to help others.