Our Team of Financial Planners in Vancouver
Michael BertonCFP, CLU, RFP, CHS, FMA, BMus
Michael holds an Associate Certificate in Financial Planning from the British Columbia Institute of Technology as well as the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) license. He also has earned the Registered Financial Planner (RFP), Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) professional designations. Recognizing Canada’s aging population, Michael has recently completed a yearlong certificate program in working with an aging population at the University of British Columbia.
Michael holds a mutual funds license in B.C. and Alberta and is licensed to sell life, accident and sickness insurance in B.C. and Ontario. As a financial planner in Vancouver, he is a contributor to the improvement of his industry. Michael is an active member of Advocis (The Financial Advisors Association of Canada) where he has served on various committees as well as the Board of the Greater Vancouver Chapter. He is a member of the Institute of Advanced Financial Planners (IAFP) and the Estate Planning Council of Greater Vancouver.
A recognized expert amongst his peers, Michael teaches personal financial planning courses at BCIT and Trinity Western University and is a regular contributor to Advisor’s Edge magazine and Advisor.ca. He is the co-author of How to Incorporate Financial Planning into Your Practice, a guide for financial advisors who wish to provide comprehensive financial planning to their clients. Michael also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Victoria where he specialized in music history & literature. He continues to enjoy music, singing in small choirs and playing the bassoon. Skiing, sailing and railroads are among his other passions. Michael lives in North Vancouver with his wife Cathie and three daughters.
I am very pleased with what [Mike] is doing for me so far. Your service has been excellent. You give me clear and direct advice that makes sense. I get the facts I need. What more can you ask for?
Cathie HurlburtCFP, CLU, RFP, FMA, CFDS
Clients appreciate her ability to translate complex concepts into simple English, and the way she focuses on the factors that make a difference in your life today and in the future. Cathie’s depth of expertise allows her to resolve difficult problems for her clients, and she takes care to educate them so they can make financial choices with confidence and peace of mind.
Cathie is co-author (with Mike Berton and Brian Goss) of How to Incorporate Financial Planning into Your Practice and a committed advocate for the highest standards for Canadian Financial Planners. She is a former FPSC board member and the former national Chairperson for The Canadian Association of Financial Planner (CAFP), now Advocis. Cathie is a member of the Vancouver Collaborative Divorce Group and also a member of the North Shore Alternative Family Dispute Resolution Group (formerly known as the North Shore Collaborative Law Group).
Cathie provides first-class service in layman’s terms which I comprehend and appreciate. I have complete confidence in Cathie’s advice and handling of my portfolio.
Irma MattesCFP, FMA, EPC, RRC
With over 20 years experience as a financial planner in Vancouver, Irma develops customized, simple solutions that benefit clients over many years, enriching their lives now and for the future. Irma received the prestigious Five Star Wealth Manager Award in 2012 for her work as a financial planner.
In addition to her Certified Financial Planner Designation, (CFP, 2000), Irma also completed an Elder Planning Counselor designation (EPC, 2010) which has given her the tools to educate clients about the issues that face our aging population and how to plan for the future.
Irma is delighted to be part of Mike Berton’s and Cathie Hurlburt’s team, as their practice exemplifies all the best in personal financial planning.
Cathie, Mike and their team think of every possible detail. I’m confident my finances are being managed carefully and appropriately according to my needs.
Kathy earned LOMA’s Associate, Insurance Agency Administration Certificate in 2001 and an Associate, Annuity Products and Administration Certificate in 2006.
In 2009, Kathy received her certification as a licensed life insurance agent in the province of B.C. She coordinates all aspects of insurance administration within the team.