Travelling to other countries opened my
mind to new possibilities and I started to
look outside of China for an opportunity
to build a new and better life for my
At that time, China allowed immigration
outside the country but the area where
I lived was closed to outsiders and
Western influences so the concept
of leaving China was a very big step.
However, I wanted a better life. Like
many people living in China at the time,
I worked diligently for a modest wage
and struggled to build a career with
better opportunities for my family. I recall
my salary being 500 Chinese Yuan per
month, which was the equivalent of
about $85 Canadian dollars at that time.
With the world and opportunities opening
up around me, in 1999 my family and I
applied to immigrate to Canada and were
approved in 2000.
What was it like coming to Canada from China?
My family arrived in Montreal in November 2000. When we
landed the city was completely covered in snow. We immediately
noticed how beautiful the land was, the clean air [in contrast to
China] and most importantly the friendly nature of Canadians.
Like any new immigrant, I immediately sought out employment
opportunities and worked in a warehouse for three months before
getting ‘the call’ to move out West! Well not really. I had a friend
in Edmonton who I spoke with and who told me about all the
employment opportunities in the oil and gas sector in Alberta.
He believed I would quickly find employment and for excellent
wages based on my experience at PetroChina.
I guess at that time, adventure was still in my blood, so shortly
thereafter my family and I moved to Edmonton in 2001. As my
friend said, there were lots of oil and gas
opportunities, especially for an Engineer
with oil and gas experience. I found
employment in Alberta as an Engineering
Technologist and worked for the same
company until 2005. During this time,
I worked towards and obtained my
P. Eng designation from The Association
of Professional Engineers and
Geoscientists of Alberta. This took over
three years, while working, to satisfy
various required courses to become a
professional engineer in Canada.
So how did you end up on the
financial services industry?
Well, it was not a direct route. In the
early 2000s, I purchased certain real
estate including an undivided interest
or UDI in a real estate project in
Edmonton that did very well. In 2005,
Since he had no Chinese investors and I had a positive
experience in real estate investing, I thought it would be an
interesting and financially rewarding career change.
Between 2005 and 2010, I worked for various real estate
developers in putting together various investment opportunities
and predominantly focused on selling real estate opportunities to
Chinese investors. However, after Registration Reform came into
effect, I needed to work with a registered exempt market dealer.
After doing a lot of research, I selected Pinnacle Wealth Broker
since it had a great team led by Darvin Zurfluh and Lloyd
McDonald, various investment products on its shelf and I felt it
was the best platform to grow my business. In retrospect, it was
the best decision I made and I have never looked back. Pinnacle
has one of the best Executive teams in the business, especially
with two recent additions to its Executive Team. I established
a Pinnacle office in Vancouver in 2010 and then subsequently
re-located the office to Richmond in 2012.
I recall my salary being 500
Chinese Yuan per month,
which was the equivalent
of about $85 Canadian
dollars at that time.
In retrospect, it was the
best decision I made and I
have never looked back.