Ernest is the founder of Promerita Group. His experience includes being a founding partner of one the leading portfolio and wealth management practices at RBC Dominion Securities, Canada’s largest bank-owned investment dealer and wealth management company. He also has an extensive track record of entrepreneurial success, having been instrumental in establishing several significant enterprises in Canada and abroad. Ernest’s professional experience encompasses corporate acquisitions, structured financial products, equity and debt financing, international trade, real estate finance and development, business start-ups, and multi-asset class investments.
With his roots in family business, his experience in wealth management and as a multi-industry entrepreneur, coupled with his corporate and finance background, Ernest is frequently relied upon by corporations and private family groups to provide strategic business and financial advice and to develop effective risk management, capital allocation and investment strategies. He has presented these strategies and provided comparative analysis at provincial accounting bodies, international financial industry conferences, global tax and legal firms and has been a university guest lecturer.
Ernest enjoys lifelong learning and earned “Double Firsts” (First Class Honours with a double major degree in History and English) from the University of British Columbia, holds a specialized MBA degree (Banking, University of London, UK), Financial Management Advisor (FMA), and has been appointed a Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI).
Ernest has an extensive history of community service as a board director and committee member of a number of leading organizations including the provincial board of the Certified Management Accountants (CMA) of British Columbia where he participated in the original proposal to merge national accounting designations, the national government relations committee for Canada’s pre-eminent financial advisory advocacy and policy association, Vancouver’s Union Gospel Mission as well as the Insurance Council of British Columbia.
Born in Singapore, Ernest is grateful to have been raised in Vancouver and deeply appreciates living in this corner of the globe. Outside of his professional and community involvement, he prizes time with his wife and two sons, enjoys listening to and playing music and relishes opportunities to expand his culinary horizons through international travel with his family.