Chris is our team’s "Big Picture Strategist and Lead Visionary" and most of his time is spent helping our team members help our clients. In a nutshell, he is the advocate of the various tax, investment, insurance, trust and estate deliverables that help our clients achieve their goals – the have, do and legacy issues of the wealth advisory business.
In terms of business philosophy, Chris’s is pretty simple, “when we create value for our clients, they create value for us”. He started his career in the financial services industry in 1983, first as an agriculture specialist, then a business lender, and finally a private banker, before launching Chris Raper & Associates in 1994.
Chris holds a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from McGill University, with majors in Economics and Business. He also holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designations. Chris has also successfully completed Series 7 and 63 US Securities examinations, which allows him to offer cross border services to American citizens.
Chris and his wife Arleen have two daughters, Alexa and Brittany. He loves family life, the outdoors, exercise and is a “wannabe farmer”. His reputation as the consummate value shopper applies equally to both stocks and wine!
The most widely recognized financial planning designation in Canada and worldwide, the Certified Financial Planner® designation provides assurance to Canadians that the design of their financial future rests with a professional who will put their clients’ interests ahead of their own. CFP certification is considered the standard for the financial planning profession worldwide. CFP professionals have demonstrated the knowledge, skills, experience and ethics to examine their clients’ entire financial picture, at the highest level of complexity required of the profession, and work with their clients to build a financial plan so that they can Live Life Confidently™.
The Chartered Investment Manager (CIM®) Designation builds the skills and experience we need to serve a more sophisticated financial client or institution. Financial professionals who hold the CIM designation are eligible for registration as a Portfolio Manager in Canada. They have expertise in providing money management services to high-net-worth and institutional clients, and they understand the application of portfolio management in the context of Canadian markets and regulatory requirements
What do these designations mean for you? They mean that when you work with an investment consultant who has taken the time to complete these designations, you’re working with someone who is well-versed in modern concepts of investment advice, is educated enough to understand how your individual investments are being managed and how they work together – no matter how complex it may be. These skills, along with a commitment to advanced education, enable them to provide you with the kind of service that you not only want, but deserve.