Michael Suen

My father was a dentist for 40 years. One day, he told me that he had made more money investing in quality companies over time than he had as a dentist. In his passionate pursuit, he diligently researched the companies he invested in and rarely changed his core holdings – many of which he still owns and has held since the 1980s! He has patiently endured many recessions, prime ministers, presidents, wars and natural disasters, and has remained true to his investment philosophies.

Instead of following in his footsteps as a dentist, I decided to manage investments, with a focus on high net worth investors. Outside of dentistry and family, the world of investing was my father’s passion. He fervently committed the time needed to be successful. In addition to his own research, he also used a portfolio manager to help keep his investments on track.

Investing is not everyone’s passion, but it happens to be mine – inherited from my father.

True successful investing takes time, patience and the resources to make the right decisions at the right time. Most often, as my father has proven, the right action is to take no action, which is very hard to do in an emotionally-driven market. There is a correct path to being a successful investor, but like any good business, it takes a leader and a great team to keep things moving in the right direction.

Our Team

Michael Suen
Carmen Ang
Krista Scott

Michael Suen, B.Comm, CIM, CIWM, FCSI®
Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor
Phone: (604) 844-5464 |

Born in Prince George, BC, Michael moved to Vancouver in 2001. After finishing his Bachelor of Commerce at Royal Roads University, he worked for various companies doing both business planning and financial analysis. Michael started with Odlum Brown in 2007 and now combines his previous skills with Odlum Brown’s extensive resources to provide quality investment advice to individuals, families, business owners and corporations. His designations include Canadian Investment Manager (CIM), Chartered International Wealth Manager (CIWM) and is a fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI®) which is the highest honour and most senior credential in the Canadian financial services industry.

Carmen Ang
, CFP®
Investment Associate
Phone: (604) 844-5470 |

Carmen is an Investment Associate with a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® designation. She brings an enormous depth of knowledge to all aspects of the business in the department of financial strategies and financial projections. She is a great resource in acting as the liaison between clients and the Odlum Brown Financial Services Limited* team throughout the financial planning process.

Krista Scott

Investment Assistant
Phone: (604) 844-5629 |

Krista is an Investment Assistant. Having been part of Odlum Brown’s Client Services department for eight years, Krista gained valuable experience in several different roles. This knowledge is significantly beneficial in her role facilitating account administration, client correspondence and supporting the team.

* Odlum Brown Financial Services Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of Odlum Brown Limited offering life insurance products, retirement, estate and financial planning exclusively to Odlum Brown clients.

Our Process

Each new client is special to us and we take the responsibility of caring for your investments very seriously. Our priority is to put your needs first by providing investment advice and support that is specifically tailored to your investment objectives and risk tolerance.

Our team follows a four-step process that includes an in-depth discussion, creating an investment plan, regular monitoring of the portfolios and regular reviews with clients.

Staying in contact with our clients is very important to us, and as a client you can you can expect to receive the following:

  • Monthly Odlum Brown Report (optional)
  • Quarterly Portfolio Reviews sent via your preference of email or post
  • Quarterly letter reflecting on market trends, written by Michael Suen
  • Annual Reviews conducted in-person or over the phone
  • Annual Review and Outlook, written by Michael Suen, sent every January via email or post
  • Invitation to our Annual Address presentation series
  • RRSP and TFSA contribution updates and other important reminders throughout the year

We strive to be proactive and along with the items above, our team will be in contact whenever we see an opportunity to help you reach you investment goals.

Most importantly, we encourage open lines of communication and welcome regular client calls or visits!

Investment Philosophy

Our investment style closely follows Odlum Brown's contrarian investment philosophy. This includes buying when the crowd is negative and selling into excessive optimism. Our investment style is value-based and we care deeply about valuation and the price paid for an investment. We think of a stock as part ownership in a business, rather than a piece of paper upon which to speculate. We like companies with good growth potential, but recognize that the best prices are realized by buying companies when they are experiencing a hiccup or some kind of fundamental weakness.

Discretionary Investment Management

Along with our investment advisory capacity, Michael also offers and encourages discretionary investment management. This is primarily for investors who wish to delegate the day-to-day management of their investment portfolio while leaving their time and mind free for other pursuits.

Instead of paying commissions on a per transaction basis, a portfolio management fee is levied as a percentage of the assets under administration and charged monthly. Unlike traditional commissions, management fees on non-registered investment accounts may be deductible for income tax purposes. Account minimums apply.

Serving Clients

We believe that each client is unique and we spend the time understanding your individual needs. Odlum Brown clients receive exclusive access to reports produced by the firm’s highly regarded Research Department and consultation on matters of financial, retirement and estate planning, through Odlum Brown Financial Services Limited.

Financial Planning

Financial planning is more than building an investment portfolio; it is a comprehensive review of all the moving parts of your financial life. Having a well-defined financial plan helps guide and strengthen your investment portfolio.

To accomplish in-depth planning, we work with our team of specialists at Odlum Brown Financial Services Limited, the firm’s wholly owned subsidiary whose services are available exclusively to Odlum Brown clients. Areas we can assist with include:

  • Financial planning
  • Retirement planning
  • Estate planning
  • Wealth transfer
  • Insurance planning and products
  • Tax information services
  • Philanthropy

With your consent, we will coordinate with your other professional advisors, such as accountants and lawyers, to capture the complexity of your financial affairs. We can also connect you with these professionals, if needed.

Contact Us

Phone:       (604) 844-5464
Toll-free:     (888) 886-3586
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