Neil Pope, MBA, CIM
Portfolio Manager, Investment Advisor, First Vice-President
Neil Pope, Investment Advisor, is a graduate of the Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at McGill University with a specialization in finance. Prior to obtaining his MBA, Neil attained a BA (with distinction) at Concordia University with a major in economics and political science. In addition to being a First Vice-President of CIBC Wood Gundy, Neil is also a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Neil has been with CIBC Wood Gundy and its predecessor firms since 1986 and served as a Branch Manager for 16 years. Previously, he spent four years with a major Canadian bank in commercial lending. Neil also has a Level 2 life insurance license. Neil has two children. After many years of coaching baseball, and helping coordinate South Delta's Operation Red Nose program, he is now the Chair of Delta's HUB Cycling Committee which works with various government entities to promote safe cycling and provides youth cycling clinics.
Rick Aulik, CFP, CIM, FCSI
Rick Aulik, Investment Advisor, has been in the investment industry since 2004 after graduating from the Financial Management program at BCIT. Rick holds both the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Canadian Investment Manager (CIM) designations. He also earned his Fellowship from the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) and is fully licensed to provide Life Insurance solutions. Rick is married to Pav (who is a CA) and they have three beautiful children. Rick enjoys all that comes with fatherhood. He also helps coach his kids' soccer teams which can be challenging at times, but very rewarding.
Susan Christie, BA, CFP, CIM
Associate Investment Advisor
Susan Christie, Associate Investment Advisor, Associate Portfolio Manager, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Studies from Queen's University. She spent over a decade at one of the other bank owned firms as both an Investment Advisor and Branch Manager. After taking time to stay at home with her children and some time as Manager of Planned Giving at St. Paul's Hospital she is happy to be back in the industry and working with clients.Susan is an avid trail runner and cyclist and enjoys sharing her time in the outdoors with her son and daughter. She also served on the Board of Governors at Stratford Hall School in Vancouver and is a Director with Kids Up Front.
Melanie Burns, Client Associate, joined CIBC Wood Gundy in 2000 and has earned her credentials from the Canadian Securities Institute. Prior to joining our team she held the position of Branch Administrator/Investment Advisor Assistant with the CIBC Wood Gundy White Rock branch. Melanie is dedicated to a high level of customer service and enjoys working with our clients to see that their financial goals and needs are well taken care of. Melanie enjoys spending her spare time with her family, playing golf and is working on developing her creative side with photography.
Cheryl Sy, B.Sc.
Cheryl Sy, Client Associate, graduated from the Computer Science program at the University of British Columbia in 2006. She joined the Pope Team in 2007 and now holds credentials from the Canadian Securities Institute. Cheryl is a big fan of modern boardgames, and also loves travelling the world.