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The Vela Team

The foundation of our company is the dedicated VELA team that serves our clients each and every day.


CFP, CLU | Partner and Founder

Jason has built VELA Wealth into an established life and estate planning firm, guiding families as they make meaningful choices at the intersection of life and wealth.

More specifically, Jason’s areas of expertise include intergenerational wealth transfer and estate planning with a focus on advanced insurance-based solutions that incorporate philanthropy and legacy planning. Leveraging these specialties, Jason brings a fresh perspective and outside-the-box thinking to the strategic planning process. His satisfaction comes from watching clients fulfill their vision of life and create impact with their wealth, knowing that VELA played a role in bringing that vision to fruition for the benefit of current and future generations.

Jason is a long-standing, active member of CALU (The Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting), the leading advocacy group promoting the financial health of Canadians and influencing sound public policy. He is a sought-after speaker and contributor to a number of regular publications.

A proud family man, outside of the office Jason enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Carissa, their three wonderful children, Benjamin, Noah and Eleana and their Bernese mountain dog Lucy. He supports the community as an active member of the Rotary Club of Vancouver and board member of the Thunderbird Football Association. Jason has a passion for leading an active lifestyle and as an avid golfer, can be found regularly pursuing mastery of the game that always seems to have mastered him.

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Rob Wallis

Partner and Senior Advisor

Rob Has provided senior financial planning and advice to VELA clients for over 15-years. He is a detail-oriented strategist with a proven track record.

Rob excels at working with entrepreneurial professionals and business owners to define their individual ecosystems and establish meaningful life and financial goals. He has specialized expertise in guiding healthcare professionals who are building multi-location, and specialist clinics.

A methodical and analytical thinker, Rob compassionately navigates clients through the complexities of a thorough financial planning process ensuring that they feel understood and supported throughout.

Prior to joining the VELA team Rob worked in various client management, technical financial analysis, and financial planning roles both in Canada and the UK.

Rob holds a BSc (Hons) in Investment & Real Estate Finance from the Cass Business School in London. He holds the LLQP and CSC certifications and is in the process of completing his CFP designation.

British born and raised, Rob is a globe-trotting travel enthusiast who loves spending time with his family hitting the slopes and hiking.

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Troy Peart


Troy’s career in financial services spans over 20 years. He has a passion for working with dynamic business owners and professionals, empowering them to articulate and achieve their life goals through an integrated approach guided by integrity, empathy, and collaboration.

Troy is a CFA Charter holder and a Certified Financial Planner and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Simon Fraser University (which he attended on a wrestling scholarship).

In addition to staying engaged with his professional organizations, Troy is active with a mentorship program he founded for children of African descent. This program has been covered by 60 minutes, The Globe and Mail and The Oregonian. A dedicated family man, Troy is married with a young daughter and enjoys serving his community however he can.

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Jeremy Nicholls

CFP | Strategic Planning Advisor

Jeremy has worked within the financial planning industry for the last 20 years and brings a depth of financial and life planning experience to the VELA team.

Jeremy’s strong background in both personal and corporate taxation allows him to piece together and understand the unique circumstances of VELA’s entrepreneurial clients. This depth of knowledge also allows him to work more effectively in collaboration with other tax and legal professionals to establish recommendations designed to achieve the life goals of VELA clients.

Jeremy prides himself on building strong trusting relationships with every family or individual he works with. While having a passion for working with the data and detail, Jeremy has learned from experience that ultimate success for clients is more than just financial, it is about establishing clarity around the life planning objectives clients hope to achieve for themselves and their families. Building out this clarity allows all the planning pieces to come together, to then provide peace of mind for clients.

Jeremy holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation. More recently, Jeremy has worked as a financial and estate planning consultant and as part of a team of industry professionals within a multi-family office which advised successful business owners and professionals. Jeremy has attended both the CPA Income Tax for the General Practitioner Course and the Canadian Association of Family Enterprises (“CAFE”) Family Facilitation Course.

Outside of the office, Jeremy enjoys cooking, gardening, travelling, and spending time with his wife Miranda and daughter Claire.

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Ihsan Ramadan


Ihsan has worked in the financial services and project finance sectors for over 10 years. He has significant capital markets, financial analysis, and financial planning experience.

Working with senior VELA advisors, Ihsan plays a pivotal role providing risk management, portfolio analysis, and individual plan design.

Ihsan is a CFA Charter holder, has an MBA from the Olayan School of Business, and is currently working toward his CPA designation.

Ihsan enjoys traveling the world, and engaging in fun, interactive and adventurous outdoors activities.

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Patricia Taylor


Having helped run a family company in the telecommunications industry for over 20 years, Patricia knows what it takes to get things done. Her entrepreneurial experience and most recent role at Fraser Health Authority, have equipped her with a keen attention to detail. She excels at managing and prioritizing multiple deliverables, while working with speed and efficiency.

Even with all this experience, if you ask about her greatest accomplishment, she will tell you it’s been raising her children. All grown up now, she enjoys time with her friends & family, especially her grandchildren as often as she can. With 11 grandchildren under the age of 10, when Patricia does have some spare time you’ll find her heading out on a road trip, or swimming at the local pool,  reading a good book, baking a fresh batch of cookies or expressing herself through music.

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Whitney Zylstra


Whitney’s role is to take care of VELA Wealth’s clients and deliver a seamless and enjoyable experience for them. Whitney’s strong communication and organization skills are an asset to VELA Wealth’s community, and she has a strong passion for delivering excellent service. Whitney’s positive attitude and caring nature bring abundant energy to her work.

Whitney has an accomplished career in Volleyball, competing at both secondary and college levels, where she learned key leadership and team-working abilities. When not working, Whitney enjoys spending time with her friends and family, exercising, food-adventuring, hiking with her significant other and remains a competitive force in Beach Volleyball.

Whitney studied Social Work and Psychology at Briercrest College in Saskatchewan before moving home to Vancouver in 2016.

Whitney chose to build a career in financial services after college and worked as a financial services advisor at a Credit Union prior to joining the VELA Wealth team.

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Samuel Wong


Samuel is our Client Experience lead at VELA Wealth.

He takes pride in anticipating client needs before they arise and is always available to provide client support and assistance.

Prior to joining the VELA team, Samuel worked for National Bank Financial in both the Wealth Management and Private Banking departments.

Samuel studied Political Science and Philosophy at the University of British Columbia.

The gym, hiking and walks throughout the Lower Mainland while listening to his favourite podcasts (Freakonomics) are Samuel’s favorite pastimes.

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Emily Kwong


Emily is responsible for providing a seamless service experience for all our VELA clients. She has worked in administrative, client service, and marketing roles in diverse markets and leverages this experience to provide optimal client support and assistance.

Emily studied Political Science and Commerce at the University of British Columbia and is currently pursing a Human Resources designation at SFU.

Outside work, Emily enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking, hiking, and playing the piano.

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Carissa Boudreau


Carissa leverages her diverse hospitality management experience working both in Vancouver and New York City for two of the world’s top luxury hotel brands. Creating unique and memorable experiences for their highest profile guests was Carissa’s daily responsibility.

The entrepreneurial spirit called, and after the birth of her first child, Carissa co-founded Clearly Prepared, an emergency preparedness company. Six years later, Carissa decided the time was right to sell Clearly Prepared and focus on working with VELA Wealth to develop unique, powerful programs to enhance the VELA client experience. Carissa has provided pivotal support and direction in the creation and growth of GRAVITY, VELA’s annual signature event celebrating and nurturing entrepreneurial spirit.

Outside of her work Carissa leads an active North Shore lifestyle, exploring the trails of the local mountains with husband Jason and their children Ben, Noah and Eleana as well as their Burmese Mountain Dog Lucy. She is also spends considerable time exploring the North Shore roads ensuring that the kids are always at their various activities on time and ready to go.


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