About our team

For more than 15 years, the Heywood Wealth Strategies team has fostered long-term relationships with some of Alberta’s most successful high net worth, multi-generational families and small business owners.  

Darren Heywood B.Sc.
Portfolio Manager & Investment Advisor
Tel: 403.776.6229

Funneling nearly 20 years of experience in the industry into every client interaction, Darren has designed a comprehensive approach to wealth management – one that takes into account the unique mindsets behind multigenerational families and successful small business owners. He’s cultivated an expertise in transitions, whether it be the sale of a business, transferring wealth to the next generation or addressing the unique needs of dual citizenship or divorce. That expertise is the driving ethos behind Heywood Wealth Strategies.


Darren has a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Memorial University in Newfoundland and holds some of the industry’s highest designations in wealth management (Portfolio Manager). He is also licensed to sell life insurance. Darren is the proud father to four active sons, and when he’s not on the ice coaching hockey, Darren enjoys golfing, fishing, woodworking and riding his motorcycle. He supports numerous charitable organizations, both locally and nationally including McMan Youth Family and Community Services Association, Brown Bagging for Calgary's Kids, and Zero Hungry Kids.

Dora Yan
Tel: 403.776.6231 Fax: 403.355.6109

Dora joined Heywood Wealth Strategies in 2014, bringing more than 25 years’ experience in finance and the capital markets to the team. Starting her career in Hong Kong as a Senior Money Market/FX trader at a German Bank for corporate and institutional clients in Germany, Switzerland, Taiwan and China, Dora immigrated to Canada in 1994, taking a post at CIBC and later Macquarie Private Wealth.

Dora brings an unrivalled level of professionalism, excellence and efficiency to every client interaction, guiding all administrative aspects of the practice. Between spending time with her husband and son (who lives in New York), Dora stays active by swimming or spending time with friends. She still has family in Hong Kong and visits when she can.  

Sacha Kirkland
Associate Investment Advisor
Tel: 403.355.6068

Sacha joined Heywood Wealth Strategies in June 2022. Sacha brings over 10 years of experience, beginning her career at RBC Dominion Securities. Her educational background includes a Diploma in Business from SAIT, and completion of her CSC and WME and is in the process of completing the CIM.
Sacha’s commitment to communication with you and your family enables our team to provide personalized wealth plans that help you and your family achieve your financial goals. It is important to her to be proactive for you on all levels. She looks to ensure a fast turn-around time, with knowledgeable advice. In her spare time, she enjoys getting outdoors in the back country and snowboarding. She has a love for live music, performances, film and travel. She can be found attending events in the local art scene.