Darren Pedersen

Senior Investment Advisor - iA Securities
Insurance Advisor

Darren is a Senior Investment Advisor with iA Securities. With over twenty-five years’ experience in the financial services industry, Darren has a deep understanding of financial planning and strategic investing. He has built long-term relationships with his clients over the years, helping them identify and surpass financial goals.

Darren holds the Personal Financial Planning (PFP) designation, Level 2 Life and Disability Insurance License, and continues his education to remain at the forefront of practices.

Outside of work, Darren keeps active and enjoys skiing, biking, and exploring British Columbia’s Gulf Islands.

Mike Schmidt

Investment Advisor - iA Securities
Insurance Advisor

Mike has over 15 years of experience in the financial services sector and is currently licensed as an Investment & Insurance Advisor.  He joined Pacific Group Wealth Management with anticipation to broaden the range of services he can offer his clients so that he can better assist individuals, business owners and households achieve their financial goals.

Mike has a genuine passion for helping others and giving back to the community.  He has been very active in youth development through coaching and mentoring programs throughout British Columbia since graduating from the University of Alberta with a BSc in 1997.  This desire to assist others and help people succeed serves him well in his ability to provide exceptional service for his clients.

Candice Hall

Associate Investment Advisor - iA Securities
Insurance Advisor

Candice has been with Pacific Group Wealth Management-iA Securities® since the spring of 2017. She joined PGWM with over a decade of experience in customer service and quickly expanded her knowledge by becoming an associate investment advisor and life and accident & sickness insurance advisor.

Candice completed her Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a finance major from Vancouver Island University in 2014. Having spent the majority of her life in Nanaimo, she is very happy to be a part of a local business. Some of Candice’s favorite things include travelling, playing tennis, eating and preparing vegetarian foods and reading.

Kiefer West

Investment Advisor - iA Securities
Insurance Advisor

Kiefer has over 8 years of experience in the financial services sector. Kiefer was born and raised on the Island and completed his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Finance from Vancouver Island University in 2014. Kiefer joined Pacific Group Wealth Management in 2019 to deepen his relationships with his clients while being able to offer them the best financial products in order to meet their financial goals.

Kiefer is a big sports fan and enjoys watching almost any sporting event and spends many of his winter weekends officiating hockey. Kiefer enjoys walking the many trails and parks in Nanaimo with his wife, Jessica, and spending time with friends and family.

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