About West Oak Family Office

West Oak Family Office

Our reason for being is to make your life easier. To do that, West Oak Family Office in Calgary, Alberta has brought together a dedicated team of people to support your every move ensuring that all facets of your family’s wealth are fully understood, properly integrated, administratively maintained and fit your life, both now and in the years ahead.

We work with you to build on generational thinking derived directly from your principles and beliefs. We have profound respect for the opportunities you have created for your family and community and as such, your family office will be guided by those same motivations.

Andrew McQuiston

Andrew McQuiston

Senior Portfolio Manager

I take responsibility for the operations of our family office, as well as the lead for portfolio allocation decisions, and oversight and direction of our quantitative investment management platform. The largest and most enjoyable part of my role is really getting to know our families, and helping create a platform that accomplishes whatever unique outcomes each family is trying to achieve. I am proud of the family office our team has built for the benefit of the families that we serve, and I am incredibly grateful for the amazing group of individuals I have the benefit of working with day-in and day-out.

I am a native Calgarian, and still live in the same neighbourhood I grew up in. I am married with a son and a daughter, both in their latter teenage years. I have too many things I enjoy doing and not enough time to do them, including skiing, golf, fitness, cooking, fishing, reading, and being outdoors. Neat fact, I am a third generation Calgarian, my grandfather was born in Calgary after his parents immigrated from Scotland after the first world war.

Kelly Demo

Kelly Demo

CPA, CA, CFP®

Senior Wealth Advisor & Portfolio Manager

My role on the team is to work exclusively for our families. I want to get to know them, and to be able to have a discussion around ideas we both have on ways to save tax, protect capital, and ultimately to ensure a smooth transition of wealth to subsequent generations. Once we have an idea, I personally ensure it is implemented, and then monitored over the years to be certain this structure still fits with legislation and the family dynamics, as both change.

I am from Swift Current and moved to Calgary in 1997 to article with Ernst & Young, and subsequently earned my Chartered Accounting designation. My dad was a private business owner and my mom a nurse, so I was “fortunate” to hear about risk, government spending, and ultimately hard work from a really young age. This propelled me into wanting to learn more about tax and what our governments do with this scarce resource – and specifically if it is possible to keep more in your pocket to spend how you want versus how a higher power chooses.

I’m married to another Chartered Accountant, we have 3 kids, and we love to downhill ski, golf and try new restaurants where we can find the time to be together! I love what I do, and hope I can continue to be in this industry for another 20 years.

Justin-Charbonneau

Justin G. Charbonneau

CFA, FCSI, RIAC

Senior Portfolio Manager

My role on the team is twofold: building and deepening new and existing relationships with high-net-worth families and helping manage West Oak’s investment management platform. What I enjoy most about working with the West Oak team is applying my 15 years of experience as both an institutional and retail portfolio manager to meet the specific objectives of each family that we serve. Investment management and capital markets are my passion. After earning my Chartered Financial Analyst ® designation, I became Lead Portfolio Manager for two mandates within a Calgary-based institutional asset management firm, and most recently was the Chief Investment Strategist for a large wealth management team at one of Canada’s largest financial institutions.

Being from northern Alberta, I grew up with small-town values including integrity, hard work and a growth mindset. My parents instilled these values and believed that education was the best path to future prosperity and a fulfilling life of growth and opportunities. Along with these values, having played high-level sports all my life, including through university, I’ve been primed to become a life-long learner and always look for ways to improve personally and professionally.

I am married to an entrepreneur, and we have two young, vibrant children and a small dog called Piper. I am an avid reader, love to try new foods and wines, travel, and spend time with our families who are in BC, Alberta, and Arizona. I also enjoy giving back to the community through several not-for-profit engagements. These commitments have included formerly acting Treasurer for Jewish Family Services Calgary (JFSC) and fundraising for various impactful organizations such as St. Mary’s University, the Down Syndrome Research Foundation, the YWCA, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Since 2012, I have been an active founding member of the CFA Society Calgary Investment Committee where I help with investment management oversight of the society’s capital reserves so our industry continues to set the bar higher in meeting investors’ needs.

Carol Pretty

Carol Pretty

CFA

Associate Portfolio Manager

My role on the team is investment and portfolio analyst. I am responsible for managing our proprietary quantitative investment models along with portfolio implementation and execution. I assist in asset allocation decisions and am tasked with ensuring portfolio allocations continue to optimize returns while mitigating risk. I love creating projections and analysis models in Excel, and enjoy the evolving challenge to improve and enhance our practices and methodologies.

I am analytical in everything I do and am an avid reader of self-improvement books and health information. After travelling across the country, I settled in Calgary with my spouse 23 years ago. I play on and manage a women’s touch football team, love to travel, work out and eat desserts!

Eeva Harrop

Eeva Harrop

CPA, CA, TEP

Senior Tax Advisor

I am a Chartered Accountant with over two decades of tax experience including expatriate taxation, executive compensation, estates and trusts, and working with private corporations and their shareholders. Needless to say, I bring a depth of experience to help our families navigate the tax landscape and to structure their affairs to protect and preserve capital. I enjoy getting to know our families, find practical solutions that resonate with them and ultimately provide the outcomes they would like to achieve. I am excited to be a part of West Oak family office where we help integrate all the moving pieces of our clients’ lives, and to make their lives easier.

Both of my parents are from Finland (and I do speak Finnish!) but I was born and raised in Calgary. I am married and have three kids fairly close to being launched! We love spending time outdoors including skiing, hiking, camping and daily walks with our dog.

Adam McBride

Adam McBride

CFA, CA

Trader & Portfolio Analyst

My role on the team is helping manage our investments as a member of our investment committee. I help oversee our proprietary quantitative investment models and execute portfolio modelling and implementation. I assist in asset allocation decisions and am responsible for ensuring portfolio allocations and optimizing returns while mitigating risks. I have a passion for investing, studying the markets and analyzing companies, and bring over a decade of capital markets experience to the West Oak team. Prior to joining West Oak, I earned my Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA) designations while articling in Deloitte’s Financial Advisory practice before moving to Equity Research at a full-service investment banking dealer in Calgary.

I believe in integrity, hard work and community. My volunteer experience includes being an evaluator for the CFA Institute’s Annual Equity Research Challenge, being a member of the Calgary CFA Society’s Education Committee and volunteering with Junior Achievement in Southern Alberta helping improve financial literacy for the next generation.

I am married to a caring wife, and we have an energetic young daughter and two pets: a cat (Khalisee) and a dog (Arya). My wife and I share our passion for sports and spending time with friends and family. Outside of work, I am an avid golfer, listen to all types of music, play the drums, and go for walks with our dog. I also enjoy reading, trying new foods and wines and cooking new dishes.

Haleigh Petersen

Haleigh Petersen

B.Sc., International Business

Senior Associate

My role on the team is to act as a liaison and main point of contact for our families, anticipating and addressing client requests and implementing quality solutions in a timely and proactive fashion. Understanding our families as well as their goals and challenges is very important to me. Bringing an upbeat perspective, a competitive edge and a kind nature to my job, I am passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of others.

I grew up playing sports at an international level and attribute my sense of teamwork and strong work ethic to my athletic experiences. A golf scholarship led me to attend a Division I university in North Carolina, where I graduated summa cum laude with an International Business degree.

In my spare time, I can be found at trendy restaurants around the city sampling new and exciting flavours. I continue to enjoy a variety of sports, including golf, tennis and skiing and love to travel to different countries, learning about other cultures – and of course, trying the food!

Courtney-Pavicic

Courtney Pavicic

Associate

I am fortunate to have a background in Finance and years of experience working at a large Canadian bank in the investment management industry. My role at West Oak Family Office is to manage the operational logistics of a busy team, while also handling client inquiries and supporting the implementation of unique strategies and solutions we provide to our families. 

Born and raised in Calgary, I was a competitive ski racer and played multiple sports growing up, which fostered the competitive and enthusiastic energy I have to this day.  I’ve continued my passion for exercise and wellness with a disciplined workout and mindfulness routine through a wholistic approach to health, while also raising three amazing kids. My family and I enjoy spending our weekends on the ski hills or skating rinks in the winter, and my husband and I love to find new restaurants and listen to live music with friends.

Jocelyn-Smith

Jocelyn Smith

B.A

Associate

I am a born and raised Calgarian, with a degree in Communications and a minor in Economics from the U of C. My main responsibilities at West Oak are to support our team and our clients on the administrative front, but also to build relationships with the families we serve so we can be proactive for them and make their lives easier. 

Sports are important to me, and after competing nationally for 7 years in synchronized swimming, I now share my passion through coaching a competitive 10 & under team. I also really enjoy travelling, and was fortunate to spend a winter abroad in India and South-East Asia after University. When I am home in Canada, I enjoy spending time in the mountains snowboarding and golfing!

Bridger Danielle-West Oak family

Danielle Bridger

Associate

I started my career in 2006 at a large bank firm, then worked with a high performing wealth management team for 12 years prior to joining West Oak Family Office. My role at West Oak Family Office is to develop long lasting relationships with our clients by providing a white glove experience for them every step of the way. Our clients can rely on me to look after all their needs as it pertains to their financial wellbeing. I am passionate about working with clients through their unique circumstances and ensuring that they have peace of mind. I hold an insurance license (Life & Health) and am also a Registered Representative and a Commissioner of Oaths for the Province of Alberta. I am also currently working on completing my Certified Financial Planner certification.

I am a born and raised Calgarian who loves biking, yoga and spending time with my niece and nephews. I also love to travel (particularly Europe) and look forward to exploring the rest of the world.

Boland Brittany-West Oak family

Brittany Boland

Administrative Assistant

I will be bringing 10 years of experience as a seasoned Administrator to the West Oak Family Office. I have extensive experience with all administrative tasks, including scheduling and correspondence. Having held positions in the Tech, Medical and Business fields, I am able to tailor my skills to meet the needs of various team members and clients.

I am a born and raised Calgarian, with a love for all things food. I enjoy trying new restaurants that have just opened, as well as dining at the hole-in-the-wall places, that seem to always make the most incredible dishes. You can also find me in the kitchen cooking for my friends and family. I absolutely adore Indie/Alternative music and try to attend as many concerts and festivals during the year as I can.