Our Mission

We believe that you need the tools to create financial success on your own terms.

Conflict-free financial planning equips you to make educated decisions about your future with the information available to you today.

Our Mission

We believe that you need the tools to create financial success on your own terms.

Conflict-free financial planning equips you to make educated decisions about your future with the information available to you today.

Julia Chung, CFP®, CLU®, FEA, TEP
Julia Chung, CFP®, CLU®, FEA, TEP

Partner, Sr. Financial Planner

Retirement Planning
Private/Family Business
Cross-Border Planning

Sandi Martin, BA, CFP®, CDFS™
Sandi Martin, BA, CFP®, CDFS™

Partner, Financial Planner

Retirement Income Planning
Family Goal Planning

Kathryn Mandelcorn, FMA, PFP®,  QAFP™
Kathryn Mandelcorn, FMA, PFP®, QAFP™

Cash Flow Strategist

Money Coaching
Cash Flow Planning

Darryl Brown, CFA®, BComm
Darryl Brown, CFA®, BComm

Portfolio Strategist

Investment Consulting
Portfolio Analysis



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What We Do at Spring

To treat you as the unique person you are by listening, understanding what’s important, and working together to create your life, well spent. 

We want our recommendations to our clients to be influenced only by what’s in your best interest, and never by the potential for referral fees or third-party compensation.

We don’t sell products , accept commissions, pay or receive referral fees, or earn affiliate income.

We sincerely believe that financial planning – done well – can benefit everyone, and are actively invested in mentoring and developing new financial planners.

We’ve been running a practice management peer-mentoring group since early 2016…it’s how we met, in fact!

  • Comprehensive Financial Planning
  • Retirement Income Planning
  • Cross-Border Planning
  • Family/Private Business Planning
  • Portfolio and Cash Flow Audits

Our Process

What We’re Writing

Design Thinking: Emergency Preparedness

My partner Julia said something amazing when she wrote about applying design thinking to estate planning last month that I’ve been mulling over ever since: Planning for your eventual departure is truly one of the most loving and thoughtful things you can do for your...

Design Thinking: Charitable Giving

Autumn is a great time to think about charitable giving. As you are someone who plans ahead (or really, really wants to), getting these thoughts in place before the insanity of the holiday season truly hits your life and your pocketbook can help you focus on what’s...

Book Review: Living Your Dream by Larry Wilson

Until I read Living Your Dream by Larry Wilson, I hadn’t found an all-purpose personal finance 101 book that delivers practical information in enough depth and breadth that I could responsibly recommend it. I’m happy to say that this streak has ended, and would...

Disabled Child: Financial Planning for Long Term Care

In this month’s case study, we’re sharing the financial story of a family with a disabled child who will require long term care. Before we introduce you, we’re circling waaay back to the beginning of the year (was that just eight months ago?!), when we let you in on...

Book Review: The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist

The Soul of Money by Lynne Twist is not a personal finance book. It’s a book that will have you exploring your values, how you define money and how you use money. Twist’s work stems from 4 decades of experience in fundraising to eradicate world hunger. She has...

January’s Top Reads

For this month’s Top Reads, Sandi Martin shares a list of a variety of articles on topics from using habits to reduce stress, the benefits of laziness, to sharing some insights about the market, and persisting in the fight for a just society.

Book Review: The Year of Less by Cait Flanders

When I picked up The Year of Less by Cait Flanders at the library, my friend at the front desk told me she read the first part, but only leafed through the rest. “Minimalism is nice, I guess, but not for me,” she said, as she handed the book to me.I wish she had read...

Design Thinking: Business & Money

Got a business? Self-employed? Looking at a side hustle? Your money just got a whole heck of a lot more complicated. But, not to worry, your friendly neighbourhood financial planners are here to help.  In the months and years ahead as you grow your empire, your...

Design Thinking: Income & Cash Flow

As promised in our What We Want for you in 2019 article, we are jacked about design thinking this year, and how you can use it to optimize your life and your finances to create the life that you didn’t know you always wanted. This month, we are applying this thinking...

What We Want for You in 2021

This year, what we want for you is to help you clarify your values and structure a plan that aligns with your values.

December’s Top Reads

Friends, welcome to the end of 2020. We made it! Deep breaths all around. Our final Top Reads is meant specifically for those of us who are burnt out and in desperate need of a rest. While there are some great articles around retirement, investing, and financial...

Book Review: Profit First by Mike Michalowicz

As a business owner, how many times have you wondered why you have little to no profit at the end of the month or year? Especially when your accountant has shown you a profit on your financial statements but you are left wondering where that profit actually is!  In...

Design Thinking: Estate Planning

Way back in January, we told you what we wanted for you in 2019: Permission to design your life Since then, we’ve given you so many different ways you can apply the concept of design thinking to your life, including investments, disability, taxes, retirement, and cash...

Integrated Investing by Bonnie Foley-Wong Book Review

I had the pleasure of sitting in on a talk by Bonnie Foley-Wong of Pique Ventures on the concept of Integrated Investing for a small group of other advice-only planners. I now have a huge crush on her because of her passion for making a difference in the world through...

Our Money Stories by Eugenié George: A Book Review

I’ve been waiting for Eugenié George’s Our Money Stories to come out since she talked about writing it on Nerd’s Eye View (a financial planning industry blog written by Michael Kitces). What drew me to Eugenié, and got me excited about her book, was her insistence...

Your Design Thinking Action Plan

All year long, your Spring Plans team has been using the concept of Design Thinking to contemplate many different aspects of your personal finances.  Why Design Thinking?  The answer has remained the same all year long: because we want you to have permission to design...

2020 September Update

How is your September going? Over at Spring, we are all back at our desks after a summer filled with holidays exploring our local communities. With team members spread from coast to coast, we have been able to share our explorations with each other, which is almost...

Book Review: Your Digital Undertaker by Sharon Hartung

I thought when I picked up Your Digital Undertaker: Exploring Death in the Digital Age in Canada, that I’d learn more about how digital assets are treated after death, how to plan properly for my own digital assets and to guide clients in planning for theirs, and...

Portfolio Review and Investment Manager search: A Case Study

Welcome back to another exciting installment in our 2020 series of case studies. This month, we’re introducing you to Olivia, who came to us looking for a portfolio review. Our case studies use real stories about real clients (mashed up with many other client stories...

Design Thinking: Taxes

Yum... taxes. As Canadians, we may have love-hate relationships with taxes. Or, like many of our cousins to the south, just flat-out hate-hate relationships. Regardless of how we might feel about taxes, they’re a part of our lives. We can choose to ignore them, we can...

Book Review: Retirement Income for Life by Fred Vettese

When our retirement income planning clients tell us they’ve read Retirement Income for Life, or one of Fred Vettese’s other books on retiring in Canada, I usually get very excited.  No, it’s not because we’re huge book nerds at Spring and love talking to people who’ve...

October’s Top Reads

Here we are, well into fall...already? What even is time, anyway? Next thing you know it’ll be 2021 and all this will be over, right? The amount of creative energy we’re all using just to get through life these days is enormous, and you may not have much leftover for...

The Math and Strategy of Retirement Planning: A Case Study

Wouldn’t it be great to figure out your retirement, set it… and forget it? As we mentioned in November’s Rebuilding Retirement case study, retirement isn’t a destination. It’s an ongoing process.

Design Thinking: Your Business and Disability

When you are working on your business plan - or not working on it, as the case may be - the risks that you are usually considering are things like: How you’ll handle cash flow issues Where your next customer is coming from How you’ll manage staff Your next marketing...

Variable Income Case Study: Terri

We’re back with another case study, this time with “Terri.” Terri is 42 years old, single, and works as a pharmaceutical rep earning commission income that varies wildly from month to month. With variable income, it’s hard to save money without knowing when the next...

Cross-Border Finances: A Case Study

Cash Flow for Cross-Border Finances Leela is finally doing her dream job, consulting to international companies on how to create inclusive environments within their organizations. She also helps her clients deal with internal biases and speaks to large audiences...

Book Review: The Financially Empowered Woman by Tracy Theemes

Working in the financial industry is truly a privilege. Participating in people’s money journey when our clients have the means to pay us and make changes to their financial situation is a great, great job. What isn’t easy is to see people struggling with their money...

Helping Parents Achieve Retirement: A Case Study

We’ve been asked fairly frequently in the past what a “Spring Plan” is like and we often find ourselves at a loss. Our work isn’t really about creating Spring plans - although this is what we call ourselves - it’s really about providing custom (or “bespoke”, if you...

May 2020 Update

The Spring team kicks off each calendar year with a post we call What We Want for You in… *current year.* For 2020, we wanted you to have practical examples of design thinking - the implementation of last year’s theme - so that you have some of the tools you need to...

Rebuilding the Ideal Retirement: A Case Study

Two retirees find themselves rebuilding their ideal retirement after a series of market fluctuations and poor insurance advice.

Financial Intimacy by Jacquette Timmons: A Book Review

Because Financial Intimacy: How to Create a Healthy Relationship with Your Money and Your Mate by Jacquette Timmons was written while the 2008 financial crisis was unfolding, its lessons feel particularly relevant in what has been, with a few exceptions, a terrible,...

Design Thinking: Retirement Income

Retirement income planning is a H-U-G-E topic, which is why we’re breaking it down in our Design Thinking Meets Financial Planning series over three posts.  First, we want you to actively design answers to the question, who are you, really? What do you need to be...

Book Review: Mindset: The New Psychology by Carol S. Dwek

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success is the outcome of decades of research by Stanford University psychologist, Carol S. Dwek. Her findings produced the idea of fixed mindsets and growth mindsets. Dwek describes the Fixed Mindset as belonging to those who believe...

Design Thinking: Post-Retirement Income

Congratulations! You made it to retirement, and are living off of a combination of personal savings, company pension, and government benefits ...and here’s where most of the retirement income planning resources stop, as if retirement is a finish line instead of a...

Retired Widow: Case Study

We’re delighted to present you with another financial planning case study as part of this year’s theme. This one was drawn from a mash-up of typical clients and scrubbed of identifying detail, because privacy. Remember, we’re writing these case studies to illustrate...

Book Review: Worry Free Money by Shannon Lee Simmons

Worry Free Money: The Guilt-Free Approach to Managing Your Money and Your Life by Shannon Lee Simmons isn’t making empty promises in the title. There’s literally no guilt in it. None. The revolutionary thing about Worry Free Money is that it doesn’t start with...

Book Review: The Value of Simple by John Robertson

By day, John Robertson is a science communicator. If that sounds like the opening panel of a comic book to you, you’re not wrong. John’s got a superpower, and it’s his unique ability to take big, complex, sometimes messy ideas and make them simple. Here’s the...

Book Review: The Laws of Wealth by Dr. Daniel Crosby

  The Laws of Wealth: Psychology and the Secret to Investing Success by Dr. Daniel Crosby isn’t a book that I’d normally pick up off the shelf¹. However, after having deeply respected his work on investor behaviour and following him on Twitter for many years, it...

Design Thinking: Retirement

There is a truth about retirement that I want you to understand: You don’t have to know precisely what you want to plan for the day when you stop working. Sure, it helps financial planners if you can say that you want to retire in the summer of 2021, stay in your home...

Market 2020 Clinic

Note: For more information on the coronavirus and how it relates to your finances, see our dedicated COVID-19 resource page. Market 2020 Clinic Transcript: Spring Plans: Alright. Good evening, and welcome to the Quarterly Clinic with Darryl Brown. All participants...

Portfolio Second Opinion: A Case Study

Welcome back to another case study! If you’re new here, our case studies involve mushing together similar client stories, scrubbing away any identifying details, and sharing how we’re helping Canadians in various financial situations with cash flow, retirement...

Design Thinking: Investing

“How should I think about investing?” is a question I wish a lot more people would ask. Why? Because there is so much more to investing - investing well - than what you should put in your portfolio and who you should get to manage it for you. Oh great, I can hear you...

Book Review: Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown is one of those few books that I want to keep multiple copies of, so I can press it into people’s hands and say, “Just read it, trust me.” Brown, if you’ve never heard of her, is a research professor who studies vulnerability,...

What We Want for You in 2019

A wish for our readers for the year ahead is becoming a tradition for us. If you’ve been reading the Spring blog for a while, you may remember that past years included wishes for clarity, ownership, structure, and momentum. If you’re new here: welcome—and buckle up....

Renovation, Kids, and Cash Flow: Case Study

Every year, we give some thought to what we want for you in the year ahead. We proceed to spend the rest of the year riffing on that subject, hoping that multiple perspectives on a singular concept will provide the means for you to integrate it into your lives. This...

Book Review: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg

The Power of Habit and its follow-up, Smarter, Faster, Better, by Charles Duhigg were some of the bright shining spots in my nonfiction reading over the past year. You never know what you’re getting into with any kind of reading, but at least with fiction, you know...

Book Review: The Age of Surveillance Capitalism by Shoshana Zuboff

You know the nagging feeling that something - even a lot of somethings - are wrong, but the language to express what that something is and why it’s wrong eludes you? Enter Shoshana Zuboff and The Age of Surveillance Capitalism.  Here’s an example: loyalty rewards....

Line of Credit Debt Case Study

It’s time for another financial planning case study, drawn from real life work with our clients here at Spring, but smudged and blended artistically to keep you from recognizing your next-door neighbour with line of credit debt.  As always, these case studies are...

Book Review: We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee

Any book that promises to help me get better at something important, and that the work will be hard and take time (possibly even a lifetime), is a book for me. I stumbled across We Need to Talk by Celeste Headlee while I was browsing through my library’s e-book app¹,...

Book Review: Wealthing Like Rabbits by Robert R. Brown

Note: this is not a sponsored post, but I did receive a free copy of the book. There’s no shortage of personal finance books out there, and so many of them are nearly indistinguishable from the rest. Which make sense: the rules mostly stay the same, with occasional...
Working with Sandi was everything I hoped for. I felt like you got to know me well and very quickly. I feel like your recommendations reflected my current reality as well as my personality. That is, you didn’t recommend things that I would never commit to.

After going through this process, I feel like I have a much better understanding of my financial picture. I so wish that I would have done this years ago!!

H. Bellerose

Having an impartial 3rd-party review our entire financial situation is one of the best business decisions my wife and I have made. We consider Julia our personal CFO and have incorporated her services into all aspects of our financial lives.

There’s no pressure to purchase any investment or insurance through her or any associate she has introduced us to; but rather an assessment and guidance on plans we have for the future.

C. Dewar

Well, it’s been a year since we came to see you last and enacted our plan and we are writing to tell you that we are DEBT FREE on November 1ST ON SCHEDULE!!!

Coming to see you, using your services, was the best decision we ever made as a couple. We can’t thank you enough. We couldn’t have done any of it without you. Thanks, Kathryn.


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