The Gus MacDonell Team

Gus MacDonell

Senior Financial Planner

About Gus

A lifelong North-West Ontario resident, Gus came to Fort Frances to begin his career as a professional forester.  Soon after, he met his wife Barbara and he decided to remain in Fort Frances.  Making that possible was his new career calling, becoming a financial advisor.

Always dedicated to providing the highest level of service possible to his clients, Gus attained the designation of Chartered Life Underwriter early in his career, and has actively pursued a high level of regular continuing education in his field.

Community involvement has been a cornerstone of Gus’ life in Fort Frances.  He has been active as a member and past president of the Fort Frances Kinsmen Club, sat as a director of the Chamber of Commerce, and as a director of Kitchen Creek Golf Course.  A favourite activity was being a leader of the local wolf cub pack.  All have been wonderful experiences.

Now associated with Optimize Wealth Management, Gus stands enthusiastically ready to bring an even higher level of knowledge, service and products to his existing and new clients.

The Gus MacDonell Value Add

Gus provides clients with a comprehensive approach to financial planning, tax preparation and will preparation, ensuring his clients always benefit from the highest level of service. At Optimize, Gus works alongside an experienced team of licensed portfolio managers to help clients achieve their desired long-term financial and investment goals.

The cornerstone of his service rests in effectively matching his clients’ financial and life goals with a personalized financial planning strategy and overall customer service experience which will exceed their goals in every respect. Gus measures his success by how well he has helped his clients achieve their specific goals and objectives.

Gus's Approach to Wealth Management

Optimizing your investments is an important step to achieving your financial goals but realize that it is just one step in a much longer journey. Gus, along with a licensed portfolio manager from Optimize Wealth, will focus on looking at the complete picture as it relates to your particular situation. They begin this process by listening intently to your specific goals and objectives. They then analyze every aspect of your situation such as your investments, mortgage and other debt, will, insurance, company plan, and tax preparation needs.

Once they have completed their analysis, they together will then design you a coordinated strategy to achieve all of your particular goals and objectives. In order to provide you with a better sense of just how much value they could bring to you and your family, the range of services offered through Gus and a licensed portfolio manager from Optimize are outlined in detail below.

*Investment Advice is only offered through a licensed Optimize Portfolio Manager

As a Senior Financial Planner, Gus helps coordinate your financial plan by organizing the strategy into efficient steps toward your goals. Proper Wealth Management is an ongoing process which helps you make prudent decisions about your money in order to achieve your specific goals.



Gus' Wealth Management Team

Luca Ciminelli

Portfolio Manager

Warren MacKenzie

Head of Financial Planning