Board of Directors

Jonathan Paul


One of the leaders of Ascendant Wealth Partners, Jonathan is a financial expert with nearly two decades of experience. Priding himself on a thorough, organized, and highly responsive approach, he is a trusted advisor on the finances of affluent families and foundations. 

As an auditor for an international professional services firm, Jonathan developed an expert understanding of tax as well as his signature “no stone unturned” approach to client service, one he built upon as he gained further experience in investments and wealth management. Most recently, Jonathan served as a Vice-President of a leading Canadian wealth management boutique. Jonathan is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM). He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (with distinction) from Ivey Business School at Western University. 

Jonathan enjoys seeing the value he provides to people, a passion that extends beyond his work: Jonathan has been a member of Toronto Hebrew Memorial Parks investment committee for the past 10 years; as well, he has been involved with Pancreatic Cancer Canada since 2019, and currently chairs the non-profit’s board. 

In his down time, Jonathan and his wife, Romy, get plenty of entertainment from their young daughters, Ava and Addison. Jonathan also likes to stay active, be it getting out on the golf course or playing men’s league hockey with the same group of guys he started out skating alongside as a child.

Christopher Andrews

Vice Chair

As President & CEO of BBDO in Canada, Chris is responsible for setting the strategic vision and growth of the business in the Canadian market, serving clients including Ford, RBC, PepsiCo, Sobeys and more.

He has experience that spans Canada, the US and Europe. Before joining BBDO he spent five years running The&Partnership’s operations in Toronto and Vancouver, which doubled in size during his tenure. Prior to that, he was based at Leo Burnett’s global headquarters in Chicago, where he served as Executive Vice-President, Global Account Head for Coca-Cola Brands, covering disciplines including brand advertising, digital, shopper marketing and activation in markets including the US, Western Europe, LATAM and Asia-Pacific. Before that, he spent a decade with TAXI in roles of increasing responsibility, from being part of the launch team of TAXI 2 to running the Amsterdam office, where he led operations and held pan-European client responsibility for businesses including Unilever and Heineken.

Chris has significant experience navigating complex client businesses with multiple senior stakeholders and thrives on helping his clients work within their organizations to drive desired results. He has a deep love of the balance of art and commerce and is a passionate believer in the power of creativity to drive business and better the world.

His spare time is spent with his wife, nurturing their 11-year-old daughter’s love of art, music and travel. And he may well be the only person running a Canadian agency to have had a record deal.

Michael Gilbert

Michael is a Partner at Ernst & Young LLP, Canada with responsibility for leading the management and technology consulting businesses in Central Canada. He has over 25 years of experience managing, designing, implementing, and supporting complex process and technology solutions, providing senior executive oversight on some the largest transformation projects in North America.

Elfreda Lau

Elfreda joined Google in 2008 after graduating from her MBA at the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. She started at Google Canada as the Head of Sales Strategy & Operations for the Canadian market and has held several Strategy, Operations, Go-to-Market and Product Commercialization leadership roles at Google since then. She is now the Director of Global Strategic Programs and Operations for ChromeOS. Prior to Google and her MBA, Elfreda spent several years in the management consulting and financial services industries in Toronto, Canada after completing her Bachelor of Applied Science Industrial Engineering degree at the University of Toronto in 2000. In her spare time, she enjoys golf, yoga and chasing after her 9 year old son.

Jason Roberts

Jason is a Knowledge and Legal Operations Lawyer in the Litigation and Dispute Resolution group at Dentons Canada. Prior to his current role, Jason was a trial lawyer at Fillmore Riley LLP; a leading full-service law firm in Winnipeg. Jason obtained a Bachelor of Science in 2007, a Bachelor of Laws in 2010, and was called to the Manitoba Bar in 2011. He is currently pursuing a Professional LLM in securities law at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University) in Toronto. In 2012 and 2013, Jason lived in Ottawa while working as a Law Clerk for the Honourable Justice Louis LeBel of the Supreme Court of Canada. Jason joined the Board of Pancreatic Cancer Canada in February 2019, shortly after he lost his mother to pancreatic cancer. In his spare time, Jason enjoys spending time with his young family and is also an avid amateur golfer.

Marc St-Onge

Marc St-Onge is currently consulting with Element Fleet Management in their finance area.  Prior to joining Element in 2023, he was employed by CIBC for nearly 25 years and held various progressively senior positions within CIBC Capital Markets, including most recently as Managing Director and Global Head of DCM where he was responsible for the origination and syndication of investment grade, high yield and government fixed income products globally.

Prior to this, Mr. St-Onge was Managing Director and Head of Corporate Banking Canada, where he was responsible for the bank’s Canadian corporate loan portfolio and oversaw the bank’s lending activities with corporate, government and financial sponsor clients across all major industries.

Mr. St-Onge holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) from l’Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales and was awarded the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1998. Mr. St-Onge chairs the Shaw Festival Boxing Evening, a fundraising event for The Shaw Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-lake.

Hilen Wong

Hilen leads the TELUS Stores and Koodo Shops teams. In this role, he supports over 2,700 team members across Canada delivering technology solutions backed by an exceptional customer experience . Hilen and his team also proudly support TELUS’ commitment to Give Where We Live by actively volunteering and fundraising in the local community.  The TELUS team is proud to support PCC with an annual fundraising drive in memory of a beloved colleague who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer.  Hilen joined the Pancreatic Cancer Canada board in 2019. 

In over 15 years at TELUS, Hilen has held various leadership roles at TELUS including positions in Business Intelligence, Product Development, Pricing and National Retail. Trained as an electrical engineer, Hilen worked as a management consultant supporting clients primarily in the communications sector prior to joining TELUS.

Hilen and his wife Karen have two wonderful children. In his spare time, Hilen enjoys spending time with his family.

Linda Shick

In 1995, Linda decided to change careers from the commercial bank world to personal wealth management in order to make a material difference in people’s personal lives. Over the many years of her journey, she has been managing clients’ wealth, developing lasting relationships with them, their families, their colleagues and their friends. What became apparent to Linda from the beginning was people of all ages face many expected and unexpected transitions, and require her assistance and support to ensure they navigate these transitions with financial success while feeling comfortable and in control. She has witnessed almost all, and personally experienced some, of life’s exciting and tragic events. Linda developed specific strategies and expertise in not only guiding clients through these journeys but also helping them to navigate successfully the complexities of their financial life so they can be assured their plan is on track and their goals will be met. She found the difference she sought when changing careers: the rewarding opportunity of working with all generations of different families, as well as senior executives, business owners and US citizens.

In addition to being a Portfolio Manager with the Chartered Investment Manager designation, Linda is also certified to offer cross-border investment solutions. Her wealth process focuses on clients’ individual goals, creating a plan in a holistic manner, and using an active portfolio management process to identify opportunities while managing the risks associated with them.

At Raymond James, Linda co-founded the Family Wealth Counsel Advisory Group. She and her partners provide comprehensive financial planning and wealth management services while acting as custodians and stewards of their clients’ generational family wealth.

Linda is an active swimmer, cyclist, recreational runner and paddle boarder. She loves to travel and immerse herself in local communities in different areas of the world. She enjoys the solitude and activity of country life and spends as much time as possible at her cottage on Kawagama Lake in the Algonquin Highlands. One of Linda’s life philosophies is to pay it forward; therefore, she endeavors as much as possible to give back to the people and animals in her communities. She is involved in and contributes to many community projects and serves as a Board Member on two charitable boards in Toronto.

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