LINDA CARTIER was born and raised in Sudbury, Ontario (population 160,000, located 400 km north of Toronto). Originally trained as a graphic artist, Linda returned to college, after raising a daughter and son, where her business education led to the position of office manager in a local Investment Dealership.
She acquired the Mutual Fund, Insurance, Canadian Securities and Officers, Partners and Directors licenses and enrolled in the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) program prior to setting up her own Mutual Fund Dealership, the only such dealership in Northern Ontario. Linda went on to obtain her Registered Financial Planner (R.F.P.) accreditation and her Professional Retirement Planner designation (PRP). In 1997, she became a Certified Divorce Planner (CDP) which is now known as Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist (CFDS). Linda also acquired the Enhanced Lifestyle Planner (ELP) designation.
Linda has taught all six courses of the Certified Financial Planner training program at Cambrian College, the local community college and helped institute a financial planning program at Laurentian University. She was also a developer and trainer for a financial divorce program for the College for Divorce Specialists and the Academy of Financial Divorce Specialists.
Linda has written a monthly column in the local newspaper and has hosted two TV series on financial topics. She was selected as Woman of the Year in 1998 by the local Business and Professional Women’s Club. As well, Linda was voted National Financial Planner of the Year in 2000 by the Canadian Association of Financial Planners.
Today, Linda continues to provide comprehensive full financial planning services and financial separation/divorce services through her company, Financial Decisions Inc. Also, she operates and is President of the Academy of Financial Divorce Specialists, responsible for training financial professionals across Canada for the Chartered Financial Divorce Specialist (CFDS®) designation.
Besides managing her professional work, she is an active community member initiating training and involved in the Sudbury and Ontario Collaborative Practice Groups. Linda currently serves as President on the Sudbury Arts Council and has been the past secretary for the Finlandia Family Council (a supportive housing/nursing home), the Grand Family Council of Greater Sudbury, the North Eastern Regional Family Council, and (CAN) Community Action Network. Ms. Cartier is also Vice President of the Sudbury Community Service Centre (non-profit credit counselling organization), and former board member of the Chamber of Commerce.