Our team

Background and experience


Together, our team has over 35 years of combined industry experience.

Vincent Yu
Vice-President, Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor

Vincent earned his BCom degree in Finance from the University of British Columbia and also holds the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation and the Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) designation (www.fcsi.ca).  He also holds his Level 2 life insurance license and options license.  He brings more than 23 years of industry experience as an Investment Advisor.  In his personal time, Vincent enjoys travelling and many recreational activities with his wife and two children.  He also stays involved in the community through organizations such as Sauder Business School, Hong Kong Canada Business Association, Canucks Autism Network and Junior Diabetes Research Foundation.  One of Vincent's passions outside of work is to be a Mentor for business students and recent Sauder graduates in the Sauder Business School Mentorship Program.  He truly enjoys helping others.

Thomas Montpellier
Associate

Thomas began his career in the wealth management industry in 2016 after completing the Finance diploma program at BCIT. Prior to joining Richardson Wealth in April 2021, he worked as an Investment Associate at National Bank Financial for 4 years.

 

Thomas is fully licensed, having completed his Canadian Securities Course (CSC) allowing him to perform securities, mutual fund and alternative funds transactions, his Conduct And Practices Handbook Course (CPH) and his Wealth Management Essentials course through the Canadian Securities Institute. He is also options licensed.

Thomas was born in Madrid, Spain before his family moved back to Vancouver where he has spent most of his life. Outside of the office, he keeps active and you can find him either on the golf course or in the gym. He also enjoys travelling and spending time at his family cabin in Howe Sound.

Asset Management Group

In order to provide our clients with the best financial advice, our team works in close collaboration with Richardson Wealth’s Asset Management Group, led by our Chief Investment Officer, Craig Basinger. Their proprietary top-down Market Cycle framework provides us with invaluable insights along with a process that ensures our clients are optimally invested at each point of the market cycle. Additionally, their research combined with our team’s core investment process drives our asset allocation, portfolio sector’s over and under weights and stock selection.

With the Asset Management Group’s guidance, getting the big picture right and positioning portfolios appropriately for our client’s individual circumstances helps our team build and protect their long-term wealth. At the core, the group’s principles focus on strategy while our team focuses on advice. This invaluable partnership aims to help clients to be tactically opportunistic given market conditions while reducing volatility and constantly managing risk.

Learn more about their Market Cycle Framework.

Our Asset Management Group also manage proprietary solutions for our clients, including the discretionary Managed Portfolios, mutual funds and ETFs, all using their Market Cycle Framework. Click here for more information on Managed Portfolios.

Craig D. Basinger , CFA

Director, Asset Management, CIO

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Beginning his investment career in 1995, Craig Basinger has focused on investment strategy and managing Canadian and U.S. equity portfolios for Canadian investors. Craig believes that investment success begins with the big picture. If you are in the wrong sectors, the best stock picking in the world can’t save you. Craig spends a considerable amount of analytical energy on identifying economic expectations, allocating assets, and formulating sector views and style/quantitative tilts. He develops and tests these themes continuously. At the company level, he uses fundamental research in conjunction with a proprietary quantitative scoring system and technical analysis for entry/exit points. Craig’s multi-disciplined investment approach combines economics, early foundations in quantitative research and fundamental analysis.

Derek Benedet , CMT, CFP

Portfolio Manager

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Derek is a Portfolio Manager within Richardson Wealth’s asset management service, Connected Wealth. He has worked for the past fourteen years in the investment industry with experience at CIBC Wood Gundy, TD Wealth Management as well as GMP Securities Inc. (now RF Securities Clearing). He graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) degree with a finance concentration. Derek is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT), a designation obtained through expertise in technical analyses and is granted by the Market Technicians Association. He is also a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) as well as a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM).

Derek brings a specialty in trading, technical analyses and behavioral finance. His unique investment approach combines technical analysis, quantitative finance and fundamental analysis. Paying careful attention to momentum, market breadth and price patterns, Derek identifies key support and resistance areas that bring a unique aspect to new idea generation and risk management in portfolio management.

An Nguyen , CFA

VP, Investment Services

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An graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Commerce, and is a CFA charter holder.  An has been in the investment industry for nearly twenty years and has worked for Canadian and Global financial institutions along the way.  As Vice-President, Investments Services and Proposals, An is responsible for the firm’s product research platform for public funds and manages the investment proposals and RFP process.  

An started her career on the investment custody side where she specialized in portfolio transition management dealing with Canada’s largest pension plans and investment managers.  Prior to joining Richardson Wealth, An was Vice President, Products & Services at Macquarie Private Wealth, and was responsible for the firm’s fee-based programs including the advisor managed discretionary, third party managed discretionary, and non-discretionary platforms. Prior to joining Macquarie, An was an analyst for the consulting group at CIBC Asset Management where she was part of the manager research team that was responsible for the sub-advisory relationships for over $110 billion in assets under management.  On the manager research team, she covered Canadian equity, fixed income and Global fixed income investment managers.

With a 360-degree backdrop of the investment management business, including custody, transition management, and portfolio management, An brings best practice ideas and solutions to the investment team.  As a result of her dealings with both the end client and the investment manager, An has a balanced, and disciplined perspective to investment management with a focus on portfolio implementation, on-going monitoring, and risk-management.

James Price , CFA

Director, Capital Markets and Investment Products

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Jamie is the Director of Capital Markets and Investment Products at Richardson Wealth. In this capacity, Jamie helps advisors and clients build portfolios and navigate a crowded universe of investment products. In addition, Jamie contributes the writing of our market commentaries, including the daily Launch Pad, to keep our advisors and clients well informed. Jamie graduated from Queen’s University with an Honours BA in Economics and Geography in 1997 and started in fixed income the same year working on the Bond Desk at First Marathon Securities, which was later acquired by National Bank Financial. Jamie joined First Associates in 2003, which evolved into Blackmont Capital and then Macquarie Private Wealth. He was appointed Vice President, Fixed Income, in 2005 and became a Chartered Financial Analyst charter holder in 2006. A year later, he was appointed Director of Fixed Income. Jamie’s experience in the bond world makes him well positioned to contribute to the macro strategy of the asset management team. Jamie Price, as a portfolio manager, is the lead manager of the Connected Wealth bond strategies.