We were very deliberate at BC Partners in Planning to provide a progressive and flexible work environment. In doing so, we have attracted a team of like-minded professionals who prescribe to the same philosophy of competency, ethics, commitment to client satisfaction and attention to detail as the founding partners. In other words... we managed to attract great people!
Marian is a chartered professional accountant with expertise in personal and corporate tax. Before founding BC Partners in Planning in 1996, Marian spent five years with Price Waterhouse and several years as a partner in a Vancouver financial planning company. She obtained her Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and her CA designation in Vancouver two years later. Marian’s exceptional tax planning and financial management skills were recognized by the Canadian Association of Financial Planners in 2002 when she was named the BC Financial Planner of the Year.
Marian is a member of the Institute for Advanced Financial Planners, and the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of BC, and is also a registered Financial Planner (RFP), and Certified Financial Planner (CFP).
Marian maintains a connection with her Norwegian heritage and is currently President of the Sons of Norway. She also trains and competes with the North Shore Dragon Busters dragon boat team and is very active with the Dundarave Business Association.
Blair's background is in insurance, estate planning, employee benefits, pensions, and investments. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (UBC), Blair spent 11 years with a multi national financial investment firm specializing in employee benefits and pensions.
Blair is a member of the Institute of Advanced Financial Planners, Advocis and The Financial Planning Standards Council of Canada. He has been involved in various capacities in organizations including Rotary, Athletes for Kids and Make-A-Wish Foundation of Canada.
Other professional qualifications include Fellow of the Life Management Institute (FLMI), Registered Financial Planner (RFP), and Certified Financial Planner (CFP). Blair is also qualified as a Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU), Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS), and Elder Planning Specialist (EPS).
Blair's focus outside of the business is his family, staying active and fit, and giving back to the community where possible.
Gillian has been at BCPIP since 2006 and recently became a partner. Gill has many years’ experience in accounting and corporate and personal tax planning. After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from UBC, Gill obtained her CA designation and practiced with Coopers and Lybrand for six years and then with Smythe Radcliffe as a manager in their Vancouver office. Gillian started her own practice on the North Shore in 1992.
Gillian has been a West Vancouver resident all of her life and has always been an active member of the community; she was the Treasurer of the West Vancouver Field Hockey Club for several years, as well as a coach for 14 years. She swims with the Master's club and cycles with a local group.
Gillian is a member of the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants of BC.
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