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Our Team

The foundation of our company has been created to help guide the entrepreneurial spirit.


CFP, CLU | Principal and Founder

Through a deep passion for entrepreneurship, Jason has built VELA Wealth into an established life and estate planning firm, advising successful entrepreneurial families and guiding them to make meaningful choices at the intersection of their life and their 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 brings over 15 years of financial planning and advice giving expertise to the VELA team and has a proven track record of delivering high calibre solutions to clients.

Rob excels at working with entrepreneurial professionals and business owners define their ecosystems, establish and exceed their life and financial goals. Rob has particular expertise in helping Healthcare Practitioners who are building multi-location and specialist clinics. Rob strives to build meaningful, long-standing relationships and takes time to create an environment of trust, comfort and confidence. A methodical and analytical thinker, Rob compassionately navigates clients through the financial planning process, ensuring they feel guided and supported.

Rob has held various roles in his career in financial services businesses in the UK and Canada covering client management, technical analysis, advice preparation and delivery. Rob completed his BSc (Hons) in Investment & Real Estate Finance at the Cass Business School in London in 2003. When practicing in the UK, Rob held a Diploma in Financial Planning. In Canada, Rob holds the LLQP and CSC certifications and is currently studying to completing the 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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Salil Manga


Having grown up in a family of doctors, Salil has always had a natural passion for helping people. After pursuing a career in medicine, he decided to transition to financial planning and it was a natural fit, given the many parallels between the two disciplines.

In his role of Client Development, Salil helps guide clients through VELA’s holistic planning process, ensuring they are well-looked after throughout their life. A caring and passionate individual, Salil brings a genuine and thoughtful approach to stewarding the client relationship. In addition, through his hands-on experience with managing family medical practices, Salil brings a wealth of direct expertise and connections to VELA’s physician and dental professional clientele.

An avid sports fan, Salil enjoys playing and watching a variety of sports, with his favourites being tennis and golf. To date, he has visited over 20 countries with a passion to continue to his journey of discovering new cultures and exploring the amazing world we live in.

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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 9 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 chose to build a career in financial services after college and prior to joining VELA Wealth, worked as a financial services advisor at a local Credit Union and in hospitality.

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.

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Carissa Boudreau

“Seek first to understand, then to be understood”

– Stephen Covey

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