My money story began at the age of 7 when I decided to sell my slightly used magazines and earn some pocket money.
At 16, I got my first summer job and became financially independent. My parents were lucky to have a teenager who didn’t ask them for money!
I paid my high-school and university tuition fees with government loans and bursaries, along with my summer jobs savings.
At 21, I graduated from my undergraduate studies with approx. $17,000 of student loans. I worked for a few years as an IT consultant in California during the dot com boom. By 23, I was able to completely pay off my student loans and had enough savings to pursue my Masters in England.
During my studies in London, I started using my own custom-made spreadsheets to track my expenses and I have been doing so ever since. I have been budgeting using my spreadsheets for the past 15 years.
I have an extensive education and professional experience in the financial industry.
I earned a Bachelor of Commerce and a Graduate Certificate in Treasury/Finance from McGill University, complemented with a Masters degree in International Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics, England. In addition, I have successfully completed various courses with the Canadian Securities Institute, such as The Canadian Investments Funds course, The Branch Compliance Officer course and most recently, The Fundamentals of Personal Finance.
I have strengthened my financial knowledge by holding multiple positions at the Royal Bank of Canada and the Bank of Montreal, over an 8-year period. I have acquired a wide professional experience in personal loans and mortgages, investments, mutual funds and savings products.
So the main reason I decided to pursue money coaching as a career is because I’m a big believer in living with the relaxed peace of mind that comes from being debt free. I’m a very financially responsible person, my family lives a completely debt-free life and I have never once paid interest on a credit card. Most importantly, I’m passionate about teaching others how to get out of debt.
Through one-on-one coaching sessions, I uncover your spending habits and I establish a realistic personal budget that fits your unique lifestyle. I ensure that you are progressing in the right direction through regular support sessions.
I approach my clients’ financial challenges with a lot of empathy, compassion and understanding. Facing your money struggles while you have my devoted support will feel therapeutic, safe and easy.