Cat’s Track #46 – Tim Cestnick
Welcome to Cat’s Track Episode 46, with guest Tim Cestnick.
Tim Cestnick enjoys a reputation as one of Canada’s most respected experts and public speakers in the area of tax and personal finance. Widely recognized for his in-depth knowledge, dynamic speaking style, common sense approach and extensive national media exposure, Tim successfully combines business experience and professional credentials to advise some of the most successful families in the country.
After obtaining his Chartered Accountant designation with the national accounting firm, Deloitte, Tim became a tax partner with a local accounting firm in Burlington, Ontario. In 1997 he founded a firm specializing in tax education and consulting, which later transitioned into one of Canada’s first, and leading, wealth advisory firms to affluent families across the country – WaterStreet Family Offices. After selling that business to one of Canada’s major banks in 2010 and taking on a senior role in the private wealth division of the bank, Tim left the bank in 2016 to become Co-Founder and CEO of Our Family Office Inc. – Canada’s premier full-service family office firm working with affluent families.
Tim consults and speaks in all areas of personal finance. He has completed the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountant’s In-Depth Tax Course, the Canadian Securities Course, and is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation. Tim has shared his knowledge as a member of the teaching faculty of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario. Several years ago, Tim was inducted as a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants – a rare honour – for raising the profile of, and bringing distinction to, his profession. In addition to his CA designation, he is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Public Accountant (Illinois), a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), and a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP).
Tim’s national speaking profile is confirmed by his position as a personal finance columnist for the Globe & Mail’s Report on Business, Canada’s national newspaper. As a prolific author, Tim has written the Canadian best-sellers, 101 Tax Secrets for Canadians, Winning The Tax Game, Winning The Estate Planning Game, and The Tax Freedom Zone. He has also authored Winning The Education Savings Game, co-authored Death and Taxes and Your Family’s Money, and is past editor of Tax Tips for Canadians for Dummies.
In addition to print media, Tim is a regular contributor and on-air personality on radio and television. He appears regularly on CTV, CBC Newsworld, BNN, and the best-known money programs in the country.
Tim and his wife Carolyn have three children and two dogs. All are hockey fanatics – especially the dogs.