Freedom 55 Financial

About us

We’ll help you build a personalized financial security plan. Financial security planning is about more than just retirement planning – it’s about building a financial strategy that considers your immediate needs and your long-term goals and dreams.

Eric R. Sigouin
Financial Security Advisor, Principal
Investment Representative

Eric graduated from Western Sydney University, Australia with a Bachelor of Business Administration. In 2002, he joined Freedom 55 Financial and in 2014, he incorporated as Sigouin Financial Group Inc. Eric specializes in retirement income and estate planning, helping clients plan and increase their retirement assets. His dedication to helping clients accumulate wealth, reduce taxes and create effective succession plans has earned him many long-standing relationships with happy customers.

Eric enjoys working with business owners to develop collective retirement solutions and benefits for their employees.

When he’s not in the office, Eric, his wife, Lianne, and their two boys spend time at the lake where they enjoy camping, fishing and the outdoors. In the winter, you'll find Eric at the local skating rink teaching skating basics to kids and also having fun on his hockey team.

Marie-Helene Lanoix-Verreault, CFP®
Financial Security Advisor
Investment Representative

Marie-Hélène Lanoix-Verreault joined Freedom 55 Financial in 2016. With six years of experience in a financial institution, she has in-depth knowledge of the many aspects of financial planning.

She excels at working with new employees and helping young families develop solid but flexible financial plans that evolve according to their needs and goals. She also enjoys designing retirement plans and facilitating succession plans. Marie-Hélène is passionate about accompanying clients on their journey, and that’s what motivates her to always keep abreast of new developments in the world of financial planning.

Marie-Hélène graduated with distinction from Collège Boréal in Business Administration - Administrative Assistant in 2007. She completed her life insurance certification when she joined Freedom 55 Financial and she has been a Certified Financial Planner® since August 2019.

Marie-Hélène lives in the suburbs of Hearst, Ont. with her husband and her son. She demonstrates her commitment to her community by engaging with various organizations. She’s a great outdoor amateur and loves animals of all kinds.

Veronic Hébert
Marketing Associate
Véronic Hébert

Véronic graduated in Office Administration – Executive from Collège Boréal in May 2019. She has completed her field placement with Sigouin Financial Group Inc. and has accepted the job of Marketing Associate. She is eager to work with a team like Sigouin Financial Group Inc. where she can grow in her field.

Veronic enjoys the outdoors such as fishing and hunting with her family and friends. She enjoys living in her hometown that she identifies as warm and welcoming.

Supported by a team of experts

When specialized expertise is required, We have access to a team of professionals associated with Freedom 55 Financial. They specialize in tax, law, accounting, investments, insurance, group benefits, mortgages and financial security planning.

Cecilia De Bold-Murdock, B.Comm (Hons), CHS
Advanced Planning Strategist, Living Benefits
Cecilia De Bold

She is passionate about Living Benefits as it’s often a neglected part of the financial plan - considered complicated & expensive - yet it’s part of the foundation of a sound financial plan.

With 18 years’ experience in Living Benefits - Cecilia shares strategies, knowledge & experience to develop successful living benefits plans and strategies.

Starting out in Ottawa, Cecilia has worked in Winnipeg & Toronto for GWL & CL’s Insurance division of Strategic Planning and Marketing. Certified Health Specialist, Certified Financial Planner designation candidate.

Cecilia is dedicated to helping communicate the need & partnering with advisors as a Living Benefits expert for high net worth clients and for complex cases.

John Gilmour
Advanced case Consultant, Canada Life for Eastern & Northern Ontario
John Gilmour

John began his career as a financial security advisor in 1990 and grew a successful practice in the Montreal / Ottawa area. He later became a director with a large bank firm supporting their agency planners with risk management solutions in the high net worth market. In 2005, he joined Great-West Life as the Eastern Ontario regional director for life insurance and was appointed to advanced case consultant for Eastern and Northern Ontario in 2012 to support advisors working in the large case individuals and business owners markets.

Fred Kyriazis
Wealth and Tax Planning Consultant, Canada Life
Fred Kyriazis

Frédérik is a Chartered Accountant with over 12 years of accounting practice experience in the National Capital Region. He has completed specialized tax training courses offered by the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and specializes in Canadian taxation.  

During this experiment, Frédérik carried out tax planning mandates with private business owners, professionals and farmers in order to develop tax strategies that allow them to accumulate wealth and minimize the tax burden.

Rob Lee
Securities Specialist, Qtrade Wealth Management
Rob Lee

Robert has been in the securities industry for over 15 years with positions at MD Management, Investpro Securities, Rice Financial, and CIBC. Rob started in financial services in 1997 with Canada Trust as a bank teller while studying at university. He began taking industry courses and became licensed in 1999.

Rob successfully built a securities practice at two different institutions from scratch.

“I have implemented education and mentorship programs that resulted in several colleagues becoming licensed advisors. I have been very successful in building collaborative partnerships with a broad cross-section of coworkers and colleagues that has resulted in a fulfilling and profitable relationship for all.”

Rob is a married father of four who spends most of his time outside work at children’s sports events and coaching minor hockey, and developed a goal-tending training program used by a number of minor hockey associations.

“I want advisors to see I am here to support their businesses and ensure the relationship they have worked so hard to acquire with their clients will be deepened and strengthened by adding me to their team.”

Michael O’Connor
Private Wealth Counsellor
The Great-West Life Assurance Company
Michael O'Connor

Michael is an experienced financial leader with more than 25 years of professional investment experience. He has the unique experience of having worked with both institutional (pension, endowment and foundation funds) and high net worth investors. His background includes corporate finance, consulting, investment management and advising roles.

Michael joined Great-West Life in 2013 as a Private Wealth Counsellor, bringing his extensive experience in the financial planning industry to the organization's clients and advisors. In this capacity, he provides assistance to financial security advisors at [Freedom 55 Financial, London Life, Great West Life] in delivering value-added knowledge and service to a select group of clients.

Michael has completed a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. He has also completed the Canadian Securities, Investment Funds in Canada, Conducts and Practices, Canadian Insurance and Wealth Management Essentials courses.

Jared Ross
Regional Sales Manager
Jared Ross

Jared is an experienced, results-oriented asset manager and financial planner with more than 13 years of investment experience. He has an extensive background, which includes an excellent understanding of capital markets, strong verbal and written communication skills. He has over 5 years of investment advisor experience at BMO Nesbitt Burns, institutional portfolio analysis as well as coaching clients the principles of investing.

Jared joined Great-West Life in January 2011 as an Investment Consultant, bringing his extensive experience in the financial planning industry to the organization's clients and advisors. In this capacity, he provides assistance and education to financial security advisors at Freedom 55 Financial and London Life in delivering value-added knowledge and service to their clients. In May of 2017, Jared transitioned to the expanded role of Regional Sales Manager, Wealth Management for Northern Ontario.

Jared has a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Toronto @ Scarborough. He holds the designation of Certified Financial Planner (CFP), is a Certified Investment Manager (CIM) as well as being a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI). He has also completed Level 1 of Certified Financial Analyst (CFA) program. Jared has also completed various industry course including Canadian Securities Course, Conducts and Practices and is licensed to sell life insurance products in Ontario.

John Yanchus
Consultant, Wealth Management, Sales Strategies and Support
The Great-West Life Assurance Company
John Yanchus

Prior to joining Great-West Life in 2011, John held tax and accounting roles with Ernst & Young and KPMG. He is a graduate of the University of Windsor, and holds Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Accountant (CA) designations. John has completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants In-depth Tax course and has taught Advanced Corporate Tax at Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business.

In his current role, he is responsible for sales strategy development and supports all individual wealth strategies by creating tax and planning articles, communicating changes in tax legislation and providing expertise on product solutions.