AJ Chase Financial Group was established by AJ Chase, Associate Portfolio Manager & Senior Wealth Advisor at ScotiaMcLeod. Our top priority is to provide a select group of clients with an outstanding level of private wealth management service, in a discreet and trustworthy manner.



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Andre (AJ) Chase, B. Comm, PFP, CIM, CPCA

AJ Chase is an Associate Portfolio Manager and Senior Wealth Advisor that provides private wealth management to select businesses, families and foundations in Canada. AJ joined ScotiaMcLeod in 2003 and has enjoyed over 25 years in the banking and investment industry. In 2015, 2016, and 2017 AJ was ranked as one of the Top 50 Financial Advisors in Canada by Wealth Professional magazine. Before joining ScotiaMcLeod, AJ was a top-ranked Financial Planner for a Canadian chartered bank. AJ is dedicated to assisting established families and business owners, executives and professionals who require tailor-made guidance in making wise financial decisions. Always interested in professional development, he has completed his Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and has earned the Personal Financial Planner, Canadian Investment Manager and Certified Professional Consultant on Aging designations. He is life insurance licensed, and has taken the Canadian Securities Course, as well as numerous industry-related courses. A proud member of the ScotiaMcLeod Mentoring Program, AJ helped new Wealth Advisors build their own wealth management practice. AJ’s achievements have included membership in ScotiaMcLeod’s Executive Council for a number of years, and is the recipient of ScotiaMcLeod’s prestigious Austin Taylor Achievement Award.

Community life is also important to AJ. He is a former Director of the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital Foundation, past member, past director and past vice president of the Stoney Creek Chamber of Commerce; a member of the Sons of Italy service club and has volunteered his time as president of two condominium corporations.


Scott Reynolds, B. Comm, CIMA, PFP, FSCI

As our Senior Financial Planning Consultant, Scott has extensive experience providing financial planning advice to clients with complex and sophisticated needs and goals. Scott has worked in the financial services industry since 1984 and has provided specialized services to Scotiabank clients since 1993. Previous positions held within Scotiabank include Personal Investment Manager, Investment Executive, Financial Planner and Financial Consultant.

Scott holds the Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA) designation awarded through the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania) and is an honours graduate of the Bachelor of Commerce, Business Administration program from the University of Windsor. He holds the (FSCI) Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute designation and has completed the Retirement Strategist Certificate program. Scott has completed Level I and II of the Life Insurance program and is a member of (IMCA) the Investment Management Consultant’s Association. He has been active as a fundraiser for the Rick Hansen Foundation and the Terry Fox Foundation and as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund, Junior Achievement and the United Way.

Using a disciplined and analytical planning process, Scott can work with you to develop a highly customized and comprehensive financial plan. As part of this planning process, Scott explores relevant financial, retirement, tax, will and estate strategies. Your financial plan will identify specific gaps and opportunities to help you establish and achieve your goals in line with your priorities.


Tom Fernandez, BA (Econ)

Tom is our Associate Director at Scotia Wealth Insurance Services Inc.  Tom joined ScotiaMcLeod in April 2000, and has 21 years of experience working in the estate and financial services industry. He has extensive knowledge in both personal and corporate estate planning.

Tom has also served on an advisory board for Manulife Financial, one Canada’s Leading insurance providers. He holds a Bachelors Degree from Laurentian University specializing in Economics.

Tom has two children Julia and Ben, and has been married for the past 24 years to his wife Vesna. Tom is an avid cyclist and uses this passion to raise money to send children afflicted with cancer to summer camp.


Shane Jones

Shane Jones is our Chief Investment Officer and Co-Head of Portfolio Advisory at ScotiaMcLeod.  After emigrating from Wales, Shane Jones started his banking career with TD Bank in 1985 before joining RBC in early 1987 as Junior Trader in the Treasury Division. In 1992, he joined RBC Asset Management as Money Market and Foreign Exchange Trader progressing through the organization, and was appointed Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager, Canadian Equities in 2004.

During his varied career at RBC Asset Management he has had responsibility for Global Bond mandates and finished his career at RBC as Manager of the $9 billion Canadian Dividend Fund, one of Canada’s largest Mutual Funds.

Throughout his Canadian Equity career Shane has been referred to as one of Canada’s leading experts on the Canadian banking sector and maintains solid relationships with the its leaders and innovators. Prior to accepting his most recent position Shane was Managing Director and Head of Equities at Scotia Asset Management where he managed a team of experts responsible for Scotia Mutual Funds and various other mandates.

Shane was also recently acknowledged by Brendan Woods International, a highly respected performance measurement consultant, and one of Canada’s Top 50 Investment Minds.


Caroline Escott, CFA

Carolyn is our Director, Equity Advisory, Portfolio Advisory Group at ScotiaMcLeod.

Caroline joined ScotiaMcLeod’s Portfolio Advisory Group in February 2013. In her current role Caroline provides investment advice on building and maintaining equity portfolios to ScotiaMcLeod Investment Advisors. Caroline is also a Portfolio Manager with responsibility for the US Equities and North American Equities Guided Portfolios.

Caroline began her career at RBC Dominion Securities working with a Chairman’s Council Investment Advisor. After spending a few years in the retail investment business, she moved to the Institutional Research group as an Associate Analyst for the precious metals sector. In addition to assisting with the research coverage of global gold companies, Caroline also had primary coverage responsibilities for silver and platinum group metals companies.

In her most recent role at BMO Nesbitt Burns, Caroline developed a Guided Portfolio product for the Private Client Group, which consisted of four portfolios, Canadian Equities, US Equities, North American Equities and Dividend and Income Equities.

Caroline is a CFA Charterholder and a licensed Portfolio Manager.


Marco Martin

Marco Martin is our International Equity Consultant and US Equity Market Specialist, Portfolio Advisory Group at ScotiaMcLeod.  Marco started his financial career with Scotiabank at Casa de Bolsa Inverlat, Mexico in 1993 as an investment advisor. Marco worked with individual and corporate clients on their financial plans and investment strategies. He worked with listed corporations advising them on their stock repurchase plans, profit sharing and pension plans. In 1998 Marco was offered a trader position with Casa de Bolsa in New York, but he decided to move to Smith Barney, Citigroup in Texas.

At Smith Barney, Marco became a Vice-president working as a wealth advisor helping international (Latin America) and domestic (United States) high net worth individuals with their financial plans and investment strategies. In 2008 Marco moved to Toronto, Canada to work with Scotia International Private Client Group as a wealth advisor.

Marco spent most of 2011 in Panama City, Panama helping management with the transition of high net worth clients and advisors into Scotia Private Client Group International; Scotia acquired the BNP Paribas and RBC local operations in 2010.  Marco’s responsibilities were to give market guidance and strategy to their top clients and work closely with key advisors.  From Panama, Marco transitioned to The Portfolio Advisory Group in Toronto as an International Equity advisor, helping AJ Chase Financial Group and other Scotia McLeod and International Investment Advisory advisors with U.S. and International equity recommendations and to bring this international experience to the group.


Gary Cummings

Gary is our Director, Fixed Income, Portfolio Advisory Group at ScotiaMcLeod.  Gary joined ScotiaMcLeod in 1991 and moved into the Portfolio Advisory Group’s Fixed Income Trading & Sales group in 1994.  As a fixed income trader, Gary supports and generates fixed income business by providing advisory and trading services that create value added ideas. Furthermore, Gary develops and maintains internal relationships with Scotia Capital Institutional

Money Market and Bond Traders, Scotia Capital Fixed Income Research Analysts and Scotia Capital Transactional, Government, Structured Products and Syndication groups, and by utilizing their expertise enhances the service and products offered to the AJ Financial Group and advisors.

Gary’s 17 years of trading experience in the fixed income market have given him the expertise to suggest products that would be suitable for every level of risk tolerance and clients’ special needs as well as the ability to execute on these recommendations.  Gary is a graduate of Laurentian University.  He has completed the Canadian Securities Course, Canadian Futures Exam, Tech Analysis Seminar and Investment Techniques courses. Gary is currently enrolled in the Portfolio Management Techniques course, the last course to complete the Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation. Gary is also a licensed Registered Representative for retail investments under the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada.


Joel Beriault, B. Soc. Sci (Hons), CIM

Joel is our Associate Director of Fund Research and is our ETF Specialist, Portfolio Advisory Group at ScotiaMcLeod.  Joel joined the ScotiaMcLeod Portfolio Advisory Group Fund Research Team in November of 2006.

Alongside Justin Kusinskis and Carolyn Tsai, Joel executes the firm’s gatekeeper efforts in performing due diligence on fund products seeking distribution through Scotia’s channels. In addition, Joel conducts primary research and key role in the selection and monitoring of the ETF and Mutual Fund Recommended List, Guided Portfolios and other written research reports. Joel also acts as key contact for advisors in providing fund recommendations, portfolio analysis and construction support.

Prior to joining ScotiaMcLeod, Joel worked at Scotia Securities as a Bilingual Inside Investment Specialist supporting bank branch staff.  Previously, Mr. Beriault held progressively senior roles at a major North American Mutual Fund company.

Mr. Beriault received his Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Economics from Ottawa University and holds the Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designation.


Carolyn Tsai, BA (Political Science)

Carolyn is our Associate Director of Fund Research, Portfolio Advisory Group at ScotiaMcLeod.  Carolyn joined the ScotiaMcLeod Fund Research Team in December of 2005 as Junior Analyst and became Senior Analyst in October 2006.

Carolyn executes the firm’s gatekeeper efforts in performing due diligence on fund products seeking distribution through Scotia’s channels. In addition, Carolyn conducts primary research and plays a key role in the selection and monitoring of the Mutual Fund Recommended List and the Guided Portfolios. Carolyn also acts as a key contact for advisors in providing fund recommendations, portfolio analysis and construction support.

Prior to joining the group, Carolyn spent six years in Scotia’s operations area in various roles – most recently as Assistant Manager, overseeing three teams within the Mutual Funds department.

Carolyn obtained her undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Toronto. She has completed the Canadian Securities Course (1998), Conduct and Practices Handbook Course (1998) and is currently working towards the Canadian Investment Manager designation.