As the leader of the Pedersen team, Kurt divides his time between identifying new investment opportunities, developing strategies and connecting with clients.
Kurt developed a passion for the markets at an early age. That affinity for investing was in the back of his mind when he went to Mount Royal College to play varsity basketball, later transferring to the University of Calgary to play on the men’s varsity basketball team and earn his Bachelor of Commerce degree. After graduation, he articled at KPMG, obtaining his designation as a Chartered Accountant (CA) in 1996. Shortly after completing his articling, he eagerly joined the investment industry in early 1997.
As a result of consolidation among the independent investment firms, clients have seen a few names on their investment statements. In 2009 Blackmont Capital was acquired by Macquarie Private Wealth, which Richardson Wealth then acquired in 2013. Each year while at Blackmont and Macquarie, he was selected as a member of Elite (the firm’s top 15 Investment Advisors across the country). Most recently, Kurt was recognized as part of the Richardson Wealth Partners Roundtable in its inaugural year. In 2015, Kurt received the Outstanding Alumni Award from Mount Royal University.
An adamant believer in community involvement, Kurt was recognized by the Calgary Herald as a ‘Compelling Calgarian’ for his fundraising and philanthropic work.
Outside of office hours, Kurt enjoys family ski trips in the winter and summer boating. He still plays basketball as much as possible. He and his wife Liz have been married 25 years and have three children Olivia, Lucas, and Leyton.