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IGL Financial Services Group Inc.

Your financial strategy should be as unique as you are. Whether you’re just starting out, about to enter retirement, or somewhere in between, a strong financial roadmap can help you reach your short and long-term goals. Let’s work together to protect what matters most to you and help you secure your future. Reach out to get started. Let’s get you there.

Languages spoken: English, French, Punjabi, Serbian

Phone: (604) 607-3970

Email: igl.fin@sunlife.com

Address: 3240 Mt. Lehman Road, Suite 201, Abbotsford, BC, V4X 2M9 Canada

John Hakkarainen

John started his career with Clarica in 2004. Over the years, John worked side by side with his wife Faith. He was the Managing Partner of JFH Insurance & Investments Services until March 2022. Then, John merged with IGL Financial Solutions and Adisa Benefit Consultants to form IGL Financial Services Group.

Throughout his career John has taken pride in explaining complicated and technical details in an easy and relatable format. John commits to helping pre-retiree individuals navigate the essential and difficult decisions they may face. This may also include helping businesses find unique and individualized solutions for the challenges they face. John continues to work with Clients once they have retired to navigate the ongoing decisions they need to make. John also takes a lead in designing group retirement and pension plans within our firm. He’s proud to hold the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® and Charter Life Underwriter® designations.

Outside of the office, John and Faith have three children. They enjoy playing games, being on the soccer field and going for hikes. 

Job Title: Financial Planner, Sun Life, CFP®, CLU®

Phone: (604) 607-7353 ext. 203

Email: igl.fin@sunlife.com

Ryan Mulligan

As an Advisor, Ryan is passionate about helping Clients reach their goals. Prior to his career in finance, Ryan spent 23 years within the consumer-packaged goods industry.

In 2017, Dan Roberge brought Ryan (his brother-in-law) into the IGL Financial team. He soon turned the operational reigns over to him, and Dan tacitly transitioned into retirement. Together with Grayden and John, they merged three organizations into one team to form IGL Financial Services Group. Ryan commits to lifelong learning. He completed college and is working towards his Certified Employee Benefit Specialist (CEBS) designation.

During his working life, Ryan continued to pursue his calling in emergency services. He spent nine years with the Langley RCMP Auxiliary program. He also spent 14 years with the Chilliwack Fire Department, where he achieved the rank of Captain.

He is married to his high school sweetheart, for over 30 years. They have two amazing children and one grandchild. 

Job Title: Advisor, Sun Life | Managing Partner, IGL Financial Services Group Inc.

Email: ryan.mulligan@sunlife.com

Grayden Biffart

It was a natural decision for Grayden to follow in his father’s footsteps and enter the insurance industry. His methodical and thorough approach makes him excel in this career. You can expect honest and thoughtful service from Grayden. You’ll notice his dedication to the Clients he works with right away. He understands what he knows and what he doesn’t know. In those cases, he can find the right person with the skillset to help. He is humble and rather than making excuses, he tries to find answers quickly and create effective solutions. Let him help you balance your costs, bring value to your business all while giving exceptional service.

Outside of the office, you’ll find Grayden RVing with his wife and kids. Occasionally, he indulges his refined taste for gourmet food and fine wine. He’s an adventure and adrenalin junkie and loves to get out on his motorcycle or anything fast!

Job Title: Associate Advisor, Sun Life | Managing Partner, IGL Financial Services Group Inc., ChFC, CLU®, RHU

Email: grayden.biffart@sunlife.com

Faith Hakkarainen

Faith’s love for numbers came from an unconventional route. It started when she was an Avionics Technician in the Canadian Armed Forces. Repairing the electrical and computer systems in helicopters is a strange way to start your love for numbers. However, in the end electronic systems are just a series of equations. While completing her Bachelor of Business Administration, she developed a passion for accounting and finance. Afterwards, Faith began working at a large accounting firm and then for the government as a Financial Control Officer. However, there was always something missing. Faith loves helping people and neither of those roles helped her to do that. 

This is when John and Faith decided that she should come work with him. Since then, she has been able to combine her two passions – helping people and numbers. Faith has been working in her current role since 2011 and is loving it. 

During this time John and Faith also adopted their three children. When the children came to John and Faith in 2014, they were 11, 9 and 6. They are teenagers now and enjoy getting involved in soccer, band and youth group. Between the kids and the office, Faith doesn’t have too much time to herself. But she is having fun with the busyness of this stage in life.

Job Title: Associate Advisor, Sun Life | Partner, IGL Financial Services Group Inc., BBA

Email: faith.hakkarainen@sunlife.com

Alycia Braun

Alycia has a strong attraction to ensuring Client service is first and foremost in her daily activities. From her first job at Burger King to managing an Earls; customer service is her mantra.

Starting out initially in Client relations and service to existing Clients, she is now an Associate Advisor. Alycia also has an expertise with the use of social media and looks after all our social media needs.

Alycia is a true “foodie” and loves to share her love for food and cooking. She even attended a cooking class on a roof top in Florence, Italy on her honeymoon. Now, she has her forever “Sous Chef” Mike and official taster Butkus (Yellow Lab).

Alycia is an adventurous person and loves spending time outdoors with her husband and their dog. You’ll often find her walking, spending time at the river or camping. She also enjoys golf but enjoys it a little less since her dog can’t join in on the fun.

Job Title: Associate Advisor, Sun Life

Email: alycia.braun@sunlife.com

Cassidy Greenberg

Cassidy has always been a people person and she has a keen eye for complexity. These two characteristics meant that becoming a Financial Planner was a natural fit for her. She started her career with JFH Insurance & Investment Services in October, 2015. She has been an integral part of the team ever since. She also worked alongside the IGL team, and it excited her to see the merger take place in 2022.

In 2022, Cassidy showed further commitment to her professionalism when she obtained her QUALIFIED ASSOCIATE FINANCIAL PLANNER™ designation.

Cassidy works hard with Clients to find a distinction between information and guidance. There is an overwhelming amount of information readily available to the average investor. She works to filter that flood of information through the discerning lens of her professional experience. Then she presents you with advice that is applicable, pragmatic, and actionable.

In her personal time, she enjoys reading, camping and spending time with her daughter and her Husband Josh.

Job Title: Associate Advisor, Sun Life, QAFP™

Email: cassidy.greenberg@sunlife.com

Sanja Jankovic

Sanja started her career in the business at the beginning of the pandemic. As the world was shutting down, Sanja was gearing up for a career where getting to know people and developing relationships is paramount.

As an Associate Advisor, Sanja prides herself on creating and maintaining savings plans for different milestones throughout life. All the while she educates Clients on different types of financial tools to meet their needs and end goals.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with family, watching her husband’s soccer games, and exploring parks and beaches. She is a major “foodie” and loves to explore different cuisines.

Job Title: Associate Advisor, Sun Life

Phone: (778) 867-0748

Email: sanja.jankovic@sunlife.com

Kelly Markwart

Kelly is the friendly voice when you call the office to set up an appointment or ask a question. Kelly manages the wealth planning side of IGL, from account opening to pension transfers and everything in between. She is also the keeper of John’s schedule.

Outside of work, now that she has finished her life as a soccer mom, Kelly loves her family time. She enjoys spending time with her family and “chinwagging” (an old word for gossiping) with her daughters. In her spare time, you might find her driving back roads with the windows down and the music turned up. Or you might find her on a long walk with her husband of 26 years. The drives and walks often lead to ice cream or sushi.

Job Title: Advisor Assistant, Sun Life | Client Service Assistant, IGL Financial Services Group Inc.

Email: kelly.markwart@sunlife.com

Gurleen Thiara

In 2021, Gurleen started working with the team, formerly known as JFH Insurance & Investments. Prior to this, Gurleen was a student at KPU, studying accounting. She also came with a background of office administration work and wanted to expand on her skills. Gurleen’s passionate about being part of an accommodating and successful team that enjoys the services they provide to others.

Gurleen is continuously expanding her skills with the help of her mentors around her at IGL. She is working towards becoming an advisor in the upcoming year. Gurleen’s plans with IGL are long-term and she hopes to make great formal relationships with future Clients.

In Gurleen’s free time, she enjoys taking walks in the rain, cooking and reading. She also likes to study topics surrounding Egyptian history and Greek mythology.

Job Title: Advisor Assistant, Sun Life | Client Service Assistant, IGL Financial Services Group Inc.

Email: gurleen.thiara@sunlife.com

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