Meet the Spring Planning Team

Planning Team

Julia Chung

Julia Chung

CFP®, CLU, FEA, TEP, Partner, CEO, Sr. Financial Planner
Areas of Specialty: Retirement Planning, Private/Family Business, Cross-Border Planning

In 1997, Julia got her first taste of the financial services world – and loved it. She took her career through multiple investment firms and credit unions, trying nearly every role she could find and taking advantage of all the education available. In 2011, she left traditional financial services to form a fee-for-service financial planning firm in partnership with an accounting firm in order to serve more people in a conflict-free environment. Just a few years later, she took JYC Financial entirely independent, and a few years after that… merged with Spring Personal Finance to become Spring Financial Planning.

Julia is also co-founder of Admin Slayer Services, a virtual business services firm and Spring’s “sister.” Along with Sandi and Krysten, she co-authored the “Women & Money” ebook, and with her co-founders at Admin Slayer, co-authored the “Art of Delegation” and “The Entrepreneur’s Survival Guide” ebooks. Julia loves to write and has held the role of Business Editor at two magazines, and has been frequently interviewed as an expert on Canadian finance for numerous publications, including BBC Capital and Global News. She’s been a finalist for several Wealth Professional awards (always a bridesmaid) and made the 2016 “Hot List” of 50 Leading Figures in Canadian Finance.

Julia divides her time among several locations in British Columbia, including Vancouver, White Rock, and Sechelt. She has a son in the first phase of adulthood, and is on the Empty Nester Starter Package, figuring out what the next chapter of her life might look like. It definitely involves financial planning, and hopefully, a lot of music.

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Sandi Martin

Sandi Martin

CFP®, BA (Major: History), Partner, COO, Financial Planner
Areas of Specialty
: Retirement Planning, Investment Policy, Planning for Young Families

Sandi started in banking almost by accident, and quickly realized that she could help clients or get good performance reviews…but not both. After almost ten years, tired of the cold calls, team meetings, and apologizing for how many credit cards she hadn’t sold that day, Sandi became an ex-banker (with an ex-pension) and founded Spring Personal Finance, an independent, advice-only financial planning practice to help ordinary Canadians make the best financial choices with the best information possible.

Based lakeside in beautiful Gravenhurst, Ontario, Sandi built a virtual practice so she could serve clients from across the country, while staying home to raise her three small (at the time) children. Five years later, Spring Personal Finance merged with JYC Financial to become Spring Financial Planning. The kids are also bigger.

Sandi is the co-host of the Because Money podcast, and co-founder of Autoinvest.ca (now sold), which helps investors compare the services of Canadian robo-advisors. Along with Julia and Krysten, she co-authored the ebook “Women & Money” in 2016. Well-known in the online world of finance, Sandi has strong opinions about regulation, sequence of return risk, expensive mutual funds…and just about everything else, come to think of it.

Sandi is a loud, frequent laugher, would like more time to read, and has a particular penchant for the ridiculous and goofy. She loves the great food her husband cooks, procrastinates by reconciling her bank statements, and can be found at the beach every summer evening.

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Kathryn Mandelcorn

Kathryn Mandelcorn

FMA, Certified Money Coach, PFP®, QAFP™, Director of Cash Flow Strategies
Areas of Specialty
: Personal and Business Cash Flow Planning, Debt Repayment Strategy

After 15 years in banking, investments and financial planning, Kathryn began her work as a Money Coach in 2012 when she sought to provide cash flow planning advice not tied to the management of assets or the sale of products . She wanted to help people let go of their scarcity mindset, to articulate what they really wanted out of life, to get out of debt and to use money as a tool to support their values.

In late 2017, Kathryn joined Spring to lead Cash Flow Strategies and further enhance the lives of our clients. She helps transform habits with money to ones that are more liberating, truthful and mindful. She develops strategies and implements systems to manage money so our clients can save with intention and spend without guilt. She equips our clients to align their money with their values to live a life they love with the money they have now.

Kathryn is based in Port Moody, BC idyllically situated between her two favourite locales – the forest and the ocean. She is 5 minutes from a mountain bike ride or a paddleboard. She gets up awfully early to take her young son to hockey practice but takes comfort that it’s not year round and she still has lots of opportunity to travel.

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Darryl Brown

Darryl Brown

CFA®, BComm, Director of Portfolio Strategies
Areas of Specialty: Investment Consulting, Portfolio Analysis

After business school, Darryl’s natural analytical skills led him towards completing the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, which he quickly put to good use working in increasingly senior roles at large financial institutions. Making investment recommendations for portfolios in the tens of billions of dollars across products like mutual funds, annuities and pensions. Darryl specialized in the energy and infrastructure sectors.

For the majority of his career, Darryl was moonlighting as a “kitchen table advisor,” helping friends and family make sense of their investments and financial products. He helped them understand complex investing in simple and easy ways, providing advice they could trust. Marrying his expertise in financial analysis with his strong communication skills and accessible personality, Darryl saw first hand how rewarding and impactful this type of work could be. In 2017 he hung up his tie and left the corporate finance world to start You & Yours Financial where he offers thoughtful, independent and unbiased investment advice to individuals across the country.

In 2019, Darryl joined Spring to expand the investment expertise we can offer our clients. Darryl creates thoughtful investment commentary for our clients, offering a thorough analysis of your investments against your specific and unique goals and lifestyle.

Darryl lives in Toronto’s West end, enjoying all of the food, concerts and culture it offers. He is obsessed with all things aviation and has his personal pilot license. Enjoying a new foray into parenthood, he can’t wait to take his daughter flying.

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Support Team

Lindsay Niedzielski

Lindsay Niedzielski

Administrator

BA (Major: Business Administration) Lindsay is an administrative professional with a mind like a steel trap. Coordinating schedules, data and information for financial planners and clients alike, Lindsay is our control center, making sure that things happen as they should, when they should, and that everyone has what they need.

Morgan Spears

Morgan Spears

Administrator

Morgan is a seasoned administrator who often has the answers to the questions you didn’t even know you wanted to ask. She ensures that our planners’ calendars run like well-oiled machines so that in turn they are able to provide the exceptional service for which Spring is so well known. Her organization skills, complemented by her friendly and caring attitude, make sure that our clients are well taken care of.

 

Christopher Enns

Christopher Enns

QAFP™, BA, Music Performance | Associate Financial Planner, Paraplanner
Areas of Specialty
: Money Coaching, Cash Flow Planning

Chris has been working independently in the fee-for-service financial planning space since 2015, specifically providing cash flow planning assistance and education to artists with variable income. Like many of his clients, he is an artist (an opera singer!), and it was recognizing the unique financial struggles of his brethren that brought him to finance.  He also joined Sandi as a permanent Because Money podcast host last year.

Chris is focused on spending the next few years expanding his knowledge and experience. As an Associate Planner with Spring, he works on cases both behind the scenes and, with oversight from Julia and Sandi, directly with clients.

Jodi Letkiewicz

Jodi Letkiewicz

Ph.D., Associate Professor | Paraplanner
Areas of Specialty
: Financial Planning, Financial Well-being

Jodi Letkiewicz, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in financial planning at York University in Toronto and a paraplanner at Spring. She teaches and conducts research in the areas of personal finance, financial planning, and financial well-being. She specializes in debt and financing decisions around post-secondary education. Jodi is focused on gaining knowledge and experience in financial planning while helping clients learn to finance a life full of purpose and meaning.

She is an outdoor enthusiast and takes every opportunity to get out from behind her desk to bike, hike, run, surf, and just enjoy nature.

Tracey Yurkin

Tracey Yurkin

Operations Manager, Paraplanner

Tracey happily runs operations in the background – many of our clients never interact with her, but we’d be lost without her. With more than 20 years in financial services, she knows how to build businesses and keep them running.

Krysten Merriman

Krysten Merriman

BBA, Partner, Chief Marketing Officer

Krysten and Julia met in 2009, working at an investment firm in collaborative roles. Since then, they’ve dragged each other into every company and opportunity that they’ve encountered. Some teams just work well.

As co-author and designer of the Women & Money and Art of Delegation ebooks, Krysten is well-versed in creating useful, actionable communications and content in the world of finance and business. She takes an educational approach to finance and marketing, determined that her audience is looking for the right information to make great decisions. A creative mind with a fine-tuned computer behind it, Krysten is a digital native with a thirst for knowledge and an addiction to hard work.

At Spring Financial Planning, Krysten is the nitpicky tactical creative behind how we present to the world, managing everything from colour palettes to educational materials, data management, and the delicate construction of sentences.

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