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 over 15 years’ 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. When Darren and his wife Caroline aren’t busy looking after their four boys, Darren enjoys golfing, fishing, woodworking and riding his motorcycle. He and Caroline support 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.  

Nora Powell
Associate Investment Advisor
Tel: 403.355.6068

Nora has been working with clients in the financial industry since 2017. She began her career in the industry as a sales and marketing assistant with BMO Nesbitt Burns, worked as an associate at NCM Investments and recently joined the Heywood Wealth Strategies Team at Richardson Wealth. Nora fills key roles in client service, marketing and communications and strengthening client and strategic partner relationships. She also focuses on the wealth planning process to help clients achieve their goals and serve their lifestyle and legacy needs.

Nora has a Bachelor of Applied Communication from Mount Royal University and brings a strong business acumen to her current role, garnered from positions held at Shell Canada, a New York City public relations agency and the banking industry. 

At home, Nora is happiest being outdoors running, biking, skiing and playing tennis and loves to travel as much as she can with her husband and three active daughters.