Troy Peart has written for The Afro News for a number of years, sharing his expertise in the financial industry. In his current role he is a Regional Financial Planning Consultant at RBC Financial Group. He supports his RBC associates with advanced financial planning needs and helps develop the overall strategy behind the bank’s key platforms.
He has earned the professional designations of Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).
Troy leads by example. His interests in continuing education and supporting others’ success combine in the activities he chooses to contribute to his community.
He is a part time finance instructor with the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) and facilitates CFA preparation courses.
Troy originally moved to our community from Ontario where he was born and raised. He arrived in Burnaby, BC. to attend Simon Fraser University on a wrestling scholarship and completed a Bachelor of Business Administration.
On graduation, Troy made time for volunteering and does so till this day, despite his busy schedule. In 1998, he co-founded the Akoma Ntoaso Mentoring Program. “Its purpose at inception,” says Troy “was to liberate young impressionable minds from falling into limiting stereotypes and preconceived notions. The name is taken from a West African symbol which means “togetherness and unity in thought and deed”.
Some of Akoma Ntoaso original mentees have gone on to go to college & university and return to become mentors themselves.
Troy also reaches out to other organization whose objectives mesh with Akoma Ntoaso in supporting families and youth in the community. One such group is the Afro Canadian Adoption Network.
In addition to continuing to volunteer as a mentor, Troy is also a Director for CFA Vancouver and is the Treasurer for McCreary Centre Society, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of BC Youth through research, education and community based projects.