Julian has been in the financial services industry since 1976. Prior to that, he had careers at the Financial Post, and as an independent producer of current affairs TV shows in the U.S.
He is a charter member of the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting, and belongs to Advocis. He is also a registered member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
He has been Chair of the Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts – and was also a member of the Oakville Cultural Advisory Committee. He currently sits on the Board for the Oakville Federal Liberal Association.
Julian was a member of the Million Dollar Round Table for 32 years, and was President of the Canadian MDRT Foundation.
His firm, Wise Advisory Group Inc., has an Integrated Estate and Wealth Management™ team that helps clients meet the promises they’ve made to themselves, their families, and their businesses. As it says on his business card, “Promises Made. Promises Kept. Since 1976.™”
He is also a co-founder of WiseMouth™ Media Incorporated. If you ever have a story that you feel can help others, or you just need to learn things about life from others, go to www.wisemouthmedia.com. When the world shares, everyone grows.
Julian has two adult children, Bryonie and Matthew, and lives with his wife Nandita in Oakville, Ontario with their dogs Lucie and Potter.
Indira Roy Choudhury
Born in Toronto, Indira holds a Honours B.A. degree in Art and Art History from the University of Toronto and a B. Ed. from Queens University. She began her career as a successful practising artist winning first place awards in juried exhibitions in Toronto, Mississauga and Haliburton. She and business partner, Doris Gillick started Trias Gallery in 1998. The first location was on the 3rd floor of the ‘Art at 80’ gallery building located at the corner of King and Spadina in Toronto. During this time, the gallery was accepted into the prestigious Art Dealers Association of Canada. Though Doris retired in 2005, the gallery continued to grow, moving to a larger space on the 4th floor and representing 30 exceptional Canadian artists. When the ‘Art at 80’ building was sold, the gallery moved in 2014 to it’s present location overlooking the waterfront in Bronte Harbour. Indira and her family have been proud residents of the Bronte community since 1999. She has been an active member of the Oakville community, serving as a Leader in Scouts Canada (2006 – 2009), the Bronte BIA (2014 – present), the Oakville Cultural Grants Review Committee (2015 – present) and was honoured to be presented the Arts Entrepreneur Award by the Oakville Arts Council in 2015.
Ixchel Suarez has been a textile and fibre artist for over 35 years. Dedicated weaver that explores different materials into tapestry techniques in non-conventional ways. Throughout her career, she has been recognized as Award winner in Visual Arts, “Best in Show” in several occasions, recognized as an outstanding University Professor in the School of Design at Anahuac University, Lecturer, and workshop Leader. Docent at the Textile Museum of Canada. She holds a Master Degree in Museum Studies, BA in Graphic Design, History of Art diploma, Post-Graduate course in Contemporary Textiles in Poland; has had extensive courses in Natural dyes, Fashion Design and Pattern transformations, Batik, and diverse reserve techniques as well as many other fibre and textile related courses. Founder of the Textile School Textile Creativo in 1989 in Mexico City, founder and Director of the Oakville Arts Studio Inc since 2007 and today, Founder and Director of the not-for-profit Canadian Tapestry and Texture Centre.
She has collaborated and written in specialized publications for major textile and design magazines as well as online resources, and has been featured in Art related publications. Member of the Canadian Tapestry Network, American Tapestry Alliance, World Textile Art, Handweavers Guild of America, British Tapestry Group among others; she is the President of the Oakville Handweavers and Spinners Guild.
Ixchel has been recipient of Visual Arts Grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council in several occasions. She has presented innumerable solo and group shows and her work is shown in private and public collections in Europe, Central and North America.
Nominated for: 100 Mexicans Abroad on Visual Arts 2015, 2016 and 2017 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards and recipient of the Halton Newcomer Recognition Awards 2016.