Meet our team

Your team of experts

A co-ordinated team of experts is essential to successfully achieving your personal and financial goals. Coordinating your team of professionals is an important component of our services. We liaise with your accountants and lawyers, or refer you to capable professionals we know and trust. 

Read more about our Tax and Estate Planning team.

Lorne Searle
Investment Advisor
Tel: 416.512.3667 Fax: 416.512.3672

A am a graduate of University of Manitoba in 1984 with an honors degree in Finance. I bring over 34 years of experience as a professional and 23 years as a tax focused investment advisor. My work experience prior to becoming a full time financial advisor includes sales at IBM Canada Ltd, managing a real estate marketing company and running my own business for six years. My 23 years of providing financial advice started with ScotiaMcleod where I worked for 10 years and in 2006 I moved to Macquarie Private Wealth, which became Richardson Wealth (formerly Richardson GMP) in 2013.

I have coached my boys’ hockey teams over the last six winters. I actively keep up to date on technology and am an early adopter of Virtual Reality. I enjoy travel, music, golf, barbequing, camping and spending time with my wife Barbara and our boys Evan and Aaron along with our daughter Jamie.

Dustin Van Der Hout
Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor
Tel: 416.512.3698

Throughout the downturn and recovery of 2008, Dustin Van Der Hout was a Research Analyst at Gabelli Asset Management in New York, one of the most respected research-driven firms in the U.S. During this trial by fire, he learned many important skills and gained access to exclusive resources. Working directly with Mario Gabelli, Dustin learned first-hand how to advise sophisticated, high net worth investors who demand investment acumen. Dustin worked directly with some of the top portfolio managers in U.S. and Canada suggesting individual equity ideas to be added to their portfolios. He worked with and supported these portfolio managers as they conducted their own due diligence to determine if these ideas were a top idea for their fund.

After years of communicating with C-level executives, attending industry conferences, using advanced databases, reading diverse research reports and consulting with many experienced Portfolio Managers across North America, Dustin began advising private clients in his hometown of Toronto. There, he began to introduce pension fund-quality investment solutions to business owners, professionals and their families while starting a family of his own.

Today, Dustin preserves and enhances his clients’ wealth and crafts financial plans to preserve it for generations. His focus is on broad diversification, active management, value investing, alternative investments and low-volatility portfolios. He can assist you whether you seek exciting ideas to meet your growth objectives or simply need a portfolio that provides a steady stream of reliable income. Dustin also facilitates thought leadership and fraternal sharing by hosting his own investor conferences and publishing articles and newsletters.

Dustin enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters, loves to golf and ski, and avidly reads books on finance and history.

Karen Byer
Tel: 416.512.3682

Karen works with Lorne Searle and Associates in providing a high level of personal service to each of our clients. She oversees all administration and works closely with our clients to ensure that all of their service needs are met and exceeded. Karen attended the University of Toronto, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Commerce. She has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and is registered as a licensed investment representative.