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Matthew Robinson is the CEO and Portfolio Manager (AR) of W.A. Robinson Asset Management Ltd.
A strong sense of place has been a common thread throughout Matthew’s life. A love of the outdoors fostered since childhood grew into a deep appreciation for the tangibility of real estate, leading him to start his career in this industry in 1996.
Today, Matthew is an Ontario real estate expert with expertise in mortgage lending, administration, and investment management, as well as years of experience as a real estate broker and mortgage broker. He became CEO of W.A. Robinson after purchasing the company from his father in 2014.
Matthew leads his team’s efforts in solving two fundamental challenges: helping those who require capital to build or buy Canadian real estate and helping those with capital who are seeking a fixed-income solution that provides a reasonable return. These efforts are guided by Matthew’s small-town values, conservative investment philosophy, and commitment to relationships built on trust.
Matthew is responsible for the strategic direction of W.A. Robinson and Pillar Financial, as well as the operations of Frontenac Mortgage Investment Corporation. He is a Chartered Investment Manager and holds the Advising Representative designation with the Ontario Securities Commission.
As an experienced, professional sales leader, Gord Ross empowers the sales team at W.A. Robinson Asset Management to become the best in the industry.
This includes providing our clients with quality service, support and proactive investment advice as we look to help advisors, and their investing clients, pursue better outcomes in all markets.
Gord brings 20+ years of experience in the asset management industry, the majority of which has been spent in sales, or sales leadership roles.
Prior to joining W.A. Robinson Asset Management, Gord was the Senior Vice President and National Sales Manager for Fiera Investments and Natixis Investment Managers Canada Ltd. Gord also worked as Vice President, Sales (outside wholesaler) for Asset Managers including Renaissance Investments, Guardian Capital, and Natixis Investment Managers Canada Ltd.
Gord is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a major in economics, and a minor in business. Gord also has his Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation.
Kevin Cruickshank, CPA, CA is the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer
Kevin graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) with Distinction in 1990 and was admitted to the membership of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario in 1993.
After having worked for five years as a Chartered Accountant with Wilkinson & Company LLP in Belleville, Ontario, Kevin spent the next five years as the Vice-President of Finance for the Cooney Transport Group of Companies where he oversaw the financial affairs of a group of 19 companies involved in international trucking operations with a real estate network of seven terminals located in Ontario and Quebec.
In 2000, Kevin was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Hanley Group of Companies, also in Belleville, Ontario, where he oversaw the financial affairs of several companies involved in quick food service operations and managed an investment company.
Having always wanted to own his own business, he became a partner in The Loon’s Call Campground & Cottage Resort, a seasonal resort operation located in Cloyne, Ontario.
After leaving the Hanley Group of Companies in 2004, Kevin continued his accounting practice, assisting clients with business planning and financial matters in addition to providing traditional accounting and taxation services until June 2012 when he joined W.A. Robinson Asset Management as its full-time CFO. He also holds the CCO (Chief Compliance Officer) title.
Debra is a dedicated employee and a passionate supporter of the defined culture of “The Robinson Group of Companies”. Her passion is leadership!
As Head of Culture & Talent, she is proud to work with staff assisting them to be the very best that they can be. When staff are successful in their journey with the company, the company succeeds. Trust, teamwork, and communication are the key components to the culture. A dynamic workplace will allow the company to attract talent as it continues to grow.
Since joining the company in 2002, she has experience in corporate accounting, personal finance, income tax preparation and investment management, earning her CIM designation and receiving the AR designation. She is responsible for the discretionary portfolio clients, working with them to obtain their goals and achieving the lifestyle they desire.
Debra has been an active member of her community as a Scout Leader for 15 years, baseball coach for 10 years and the Treasurer and Entertainment Chair for the Parham Agricultural Society for many years.
Jack Aquino brings to W.A. Robinson more than 20 years of experience in the financial services industry.
Previous to W.A. Robinson, Jack was Financial Planner- Investment & Retirement Planner at RBC, and Director Regional Sales for CIBC Asset Management.
Jack has successfully conveyed business building ideas, investment strategies and market analyses to advisors throughout Southwestern Ontario that meet the individual needs of their clients.
Jack lives in Ancaster, Ontario with his wife, and two kids. Outside of work, Jack enjoys cooking, traveling, and reading.
Denis Rudenko is a financial sales professional with over 10 years’ experience in Canada’s finance industry gained from working at large asset management firms (Fidelity Investments) and midsize boutique asset managers (Ninepoint Partners, Fiera Investments).
Fluent in both English and French, Denis provides exceptional end-to-end service as a liaison between the asset manager and advisor. He specializes in both alternative investment products and in real estate investing.
Denis earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Finance and International Economics from Ryerson University. He has subsequently completed several industry accreditations and is currently enrolled in the CAIA (Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst) curriculum.
An avid outdoorsman, Denis enjoys canoe portage trips – most notably a 10-day paddle on Big Salmon River in the Yukon.
Splitting his time between Toronto and a country home near Mount Forest Ontario, Denis, his partner Christine, and their two dogs enjoy the extra time together afforded by their new found work-from-home realities.
Founder of W.A. Robinson Asset Management Ltd., Wayne has over 30 years of experience in financial planning, construction, real estate, business acquisition, business development, mortgage lending, and more specifically in Mortgage Investment Corporations.
Wayne also founded the mortgage brokerage and administration firm known as Pillar Financial Services Inc., 27 years ago, which now lends and underwrites the mortgages these funds invest in. Designations include: Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA), Registered Financial Planner (R.F.P), Certified Investment Manager (CIM), Certified in Real Estate Finance (CRF), and holder of a BA(Sc) from Queens University.
By developing one of the first MICs offered by prospectus in the country, Wayne has had a considerable impact on arguably one of the most emergent fixed-income products available today. His leadership, rational thinking, prudent underwriting and overall knowledge in the industry enabled him to create a one of a kind investing opportunity in Canada that is unmatched by today’s standards and ever increasing regulation.
Wayne was the owner and CEO of a petroleum company for 6 years and spent 6 years as a Director of the Eastern Ontario Development Corporation, an Ontario Crown Corporation, providing loans to developing and expanding businesses.
He was a CFA exam marker for 10 years for the Institute of Advanced Financial Planners and Executive Director of North Frontenac Community Services where he took part in social, health and community planning.
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