COVID-19: Taking care of your emotions in times of crisis

In times of crises the media noise can elevate some people’s levels of stress and this can represent a hidden problem that should be looked at. In his article Protective and Damaging Effects of Stress Mediators, Neuroscientist Bruce McEwen1 summarized the very diverse effects associated with chronic stress. Perhaps the most common one is high […]

Distinguishing the difference between skill and luck

Have you ever wondered what percentage of your success is due to your acquired competencies (skills) and how much is due to good fortune (luck)? From excelling in sporting competitions to winning at work, we’re frequently undecided about which of the two ingredients ends up being decisive. Most of the time, skill and luck are […]

How to support local businesses this holiday season

Many of our clients are busy taking care of last minute holiday preparations in these final weeks of December. While everyone celebrates the holidays differently and has a unique wish list to shop for, there are many opportunities to support local business during the festive season. Here are a few ways to support Montreal-based businesses […]

Letting go of bad habits

We all have bad habits. Sometimes, these are small and seemingly harmless, like a person biting their nails or forgetting to put empty coffee cups in the recycle bin. Other bad habitual behaviours can have potentially risky outcomes, like regularly driving beyond speed limits or reaching for comfort foods too often. Perhaps the most detrimental […]

How to Choose a Charity

Philanthropic work is admirable and can take many forms, from one-time donations to ongoing financial support or even the use of a trust or inheritance. It’s also very common among our clients, many of whom wish to use their success to help others. Our team supports this generous element of wealth management and is pleased […]

Isolation

When thinking of health risks, some are more obvious than others. Sugar, a sedentary lifestyle, excessive use of alcohol or the abuse of drugs – these are all things we understand to be unhealthy (and they are). However, many hidden dangers can be as bad for one’s health as the more overt ones, if not […]

Email Management Tips for Professionals

Business communication used to be centered around in-person meetings and phone calls made from a landline. Fax was all the rage for a period of time, but nothing has really impacted professional communication the way email has. Not only does email make messaging easy and convenient, it allows professionals to work from just about anywhere […]

Rising Healthcare Costs and Your Retirement

When an individual plans for retirement, they often think of how much money is needed to fund their lifestyle. This is important, as one’s housing, travel and spending habits are personal and will affect their retirement income needs. However, many Canadians fail to anticipate the full cost of healthcare in their older years. It’s not […]

Turning “Type 1” into “Type None”

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is an un-curable disease. Millions of Canadians face an ongoing struggle to manage blood sugar levels, balancing food intake with constant insulin injections. As some may know, I am also a type 1 diabetic and I’m no stranger to the daily routines and disciplines required to control this disease. I’m sending […]

Decision Fatigue

The average American adult makes over 35,000 decisions each and every day, as recently reported by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).  This is likely no different for Canadians. Not every decision is critical – for example, what to eat for breakfast or which shoes to wear – but when these seemingly simple tasks engage our […]