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

Dustin Van Der Hout’s ability to identify overlooked opportunities in the alternatives space and differentiated approach to value investing is the foundation of Van Der Hout Associates Wealth Management’s practice. Throughout the downturn and recovery of 2008, Dustin was a Research Analyst at Gabelli Asset Management in New York, one of the most respected research-driven firms in the U.S. Working directly with Mario Gabelli, Dustin learned how to advise sophisticated, high net worth investors who demanded investment acumen. He went on to work alongside top Portfolio Managers across North America developing unique strategies and source individual equity ideas.

After years of communicating with C-level executives, attending industry conferences, and reading through diverse research reports, Dustin was driven in 2011 to start a practice advising private clients in his hometown, Toronto, and building his own team. There, he began to introduce pension fund style investment solutions to business owners, professionals and their families while starting a family of his own. He quickly became recognized as one of their fastest growing advisors.

Since joining Richardson Wealth in 2015, Dustin has more than tripled his assets under management and added three team members. He’s continued his reputation as a valued and fast-growing advisor. Dustin has found a niche in value investing and analyzing alternative investments, working with a wide array of clients to meet their wealth goals through broad diversification, active management, and low-volatility portfolios. He also displays thought leadership through published articles, newsletters, and major publications.

Dustin enjoys spending time with his wife, their two young daughters and their son. An avid reader, he devours books on history and finance and makes time to golf and ski.

Mabelle Tavares QAFP
Associate Investment Advisor
Tel: 416.512.3661

Mabelle Tavares is essentially Van Der Hout Associates Wealth Management’s Chief Operating Officer, leading strategic projects and financial planning processes. She liaises directly with clients, taking the time to understand their unique goals, needs, and appetite for risk. Her attention to detail is paramount to the firm’s success.

With over a decade of experience in the financial services realm, Mabelle met Dustin while working as an Associate at RBC Dominion Securities. Mabelle moved to Fidelity Investments to take a role as a Private Investments and Institutional Operations Specialist. In 2017, seeing the growth of Van Der Hout Associates Wealth Management was predicated on people like Mabelle, Dustin invited her to join his team. She agreed, heading up operations while growing her own base of high net-worth clients and professionals.

In addition to being a Licensed Associate Advisor, she has an FPSC Level 1 certification through the Financial Planning Standards Council. Mabelle received a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto.

Mabelle lives in Mississauga with her husband Marc, and their young daughter, Giselle. She devotes her spare time to her family and friends, cycling, and mastering her culinary skills.

Elina Surkov MBA, M.Sc.
Associate Investment Advisor
Tel: 416.512.3696

In her role as an Associate Investment Advisor, Elina Surkov leads research and analysis for the Van Der Hout Associates Wealth Management team. On the business development front, Elina focuses on relationship building and ensuring new clients experience the same level of service as the practice’s larger accounts and family offices receive.

Elina grew up and completed her education in France, obtaining both her Bachelor’s of Finance and her MBA from the prestigious ESLSCA (École Supérieure Libre des Sciences Commerciales Appliquées) in Paris. Subsequently, Elina was invited to attend the EDHEC Business School (Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales du Nord), one of the top schools in Europe, and named one of the top three financial schools worldwide by the Financial Times in 2018, for a Master’s degree in Financial Markets, specializing in Asset Management. She went on to work for Société Générale Private Banking in Monaco, both in investments and in a client facing role working with high net worth individuals before transitioning to managing a family office.

After moving from France to Canada, she worked in Business Development at Ewing Morris & Co. Investment Partners, before joining the Van Der Hout Associates Wealth Management team.

Elina stays active outside of the office, skiing, snowboarding or playing squash in the winter and spending her summers sailing, playing tennis, or scuba diving. She’s a member of the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Elina is trilingual, speaking Russian, French, and English.

Lena Manashirov
Tel: 416.512.3669

As the key administrator for the Van Der Hout Associates Wealth Management, Lena Manashirov connects the dots between clients’ daily needs and the team’s expertise. She’s usually the first voice that clients hear and always ready to answer any quick questions or concerns. Beyond liaising with clients, Lena also generates and manages forms and paperwork.


Originally from New York, Lena studied at Pace University before moving to York University in Toronto to finish her bachelor's of arts in psychology. With an interest in real estate and the markets, Lena worked in corporate real estate on the accounting side before joining Dustin and his team. Since becoming a part of the Van Der Hout Associates team, she’s found a deep interest in the process that goes on behind every simple client interaction.


Outside of the office, Lena enjoys spending time with her three kids, visiting with friends, travelling, reading and doing yoga.

Working in partnership with


Jason Middleton

Individual Insurance Consultant


Jason has a well-rounded knowledge of the Insurance industry having worked at all levels of the business. He has worked at the manufacturer level, at the distributor level and, most importantly, as an Independent Insurance Broker and business owner.

Jason’s financial and accounting backgrounds allow him to take a comprehensive approach to advanced Estate and Insurance planning for clients. His ‘educate first’ approach resonates well with clients, who feel that his solution-based recommendations are tailored to their individual needs.

Jason earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with Honors in Accounting and Corporate Finance in 1999 from the University of New Brunswick. He began working on his CA with Deloitte and Touche in 2001 after taking a sabbatical to train and try out for the Canadian Olympic Swim Team. Upon returning to the work force Jason completed the CSC and earned his CFP designation in 2003.

* Insurance services offered through Richardson Wealth Insurance Services Limited. Jason Middleton is the owner of The Producers Planning Group.

Sean Hsu , CPA (New Hampshire), MTax, TEP

Senior Tax Specialist, Tax & Estate Planning


Sean collaborates with Investment Advisors and their clients to develop tax and financial planning strategies and to deliver integrated solutions addressing their unique needs.

Sean is an accountant with experience in Canadian and U.S. tax planning for high net worth individuals, with a focus on integrated cross-border wealth, estate, and trust matters. Before joining Richardson Wealth, Sean was at a multi-national accounting firm practicing in the private client group. He has authored and contributed to several articles for BorderCrossings, a Thomson Reuters publication with insightful commentary on cross-border issues faced by Canadians and U.S. citizens.

Sean is also a facilitator in the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada’s In-Depth Tax Program. He is a U.S. Certified Public Accountant, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, and holds a Master of Taxation from the University of Waterloo.

Sylvia Azoulay , TEP

Vice President, Tax & Estate Planning


Sylvia works closely with Investment Advisors and their clients to explore and identify issues that address clients’ overall wealth planning needs. She helps clients formulate objectives, understand issues and strategies and facilitates implementation of their goals. Sylvia understands the sensitive issues relating to family dynamics and wealth transfer.

Sylvia is an estate planning lawyer with many years of experience. Prior to joining Richardson Wealth, she was a principal in her own strategic wealth planning firm and also spent many years in the financial industry dealing with wealth planning solutions for high net worth clients.

Sylvia has been an instructor at Humber College School of Business and at the Bar Admission course at the Law Society of Upper Canada. She is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and the Estate Planning Council of Toronto. She is a seasoned presenter on topics of importance to high net worth families.