Get behind the scenes with the Sutton Team. Meet Tim & Andrea Hansen, Jay Stark, Stuart Sutton and team, and learn a little Sutton history.
B Comm., CFP®, GBA
President and Benefits Advisor
Andrea Hansen is a recognized Educator, Writer, Speaker and Benefits Advisor, whom you may have seen published in HR Saskatchewan, PotashWorks and The Business Advisor magazines. With over 20 years of experience, she supports successful employers by optimizing their group benefit & pension plans to maximize value and results.
Andrea is the creator of the Sutton Employee Engagement Wheel™ and educates employers about the essential components of a total rewards strategy. She is passionate about helping employers allocate their resources, time and money into the right elements of their total rewards program and helps successful employers maximize value and results.
Andrea is the President of Sutton Benefits & Pension and has been recognized for her community leadership as a past recipient of the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award, the SYPE Young Professional of the Year Award and a two-time YWCA Women of Distinction nominee. Most recently, Andrea received the Kent Smith-Windsor Leadership Award which recognizes exemplary extraordinary commitment, creativity and effort to promote entrepreneurship in Saskatchewan.
One of her many accomplishments was being the co-founder and host of Seeds for Dreams, which offered woman-owned Saskatchewan businesses seed capital through a unique pitch and vote event. Andrea is on the Board of Directors for The Benefits Alliance Group, a national organization of independent firms collectively administering over 8,000 benefit plans and 1,500 group retirement plans. Being part of the leadership within the industry allows Sutton to be at the forefront of new offerings and to lobby and influence on behalf of clients.
Originally from Raymore, Saskatchewan, Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan and holds a specialty designation focused on group benefits design and management (Group Benefits Associate), in addition to a Certified Financial Planner® designation. Andrea has achieved additional certifications to help her clients including the Workplace Mental Health Leadership™ certificate from Queen’s University and 4 Seasons of Reconciliation certificate from First Nations University of Canada.
Andrea’s husband, Tim, is also a partner of the firm. Together they have two children, Victoria and Broderick. Andrea enjoys watching them both play hockey and they all stay active together through all of their outdoor activities and adventures including Geocaching, one of their favourite hobbies, and she cherishes the time they spend together at their cabin in Fishing Lake.
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B.Comm, CFP®, CEA
Tim Hansen, B.Comm., CFP, CEA is a recognized Speaker, Financial Educator, Author and Retirement Planner, whom you may have seen on CTV and CBC and in the Business View and Thrive magazines. He delivers Ted Talks and other educational presentations for the community and organizations including Advocis, Family Enterprise Exchange and the Praxis School of Entrepreneurship. He is of the 31 authorities across the United States and Canada that was invited to contribute a chapter to the Amazon #1 Best Seller Build Wealth Like A Shark featuring Kevin Harrington, original Shark on ABC TV’s Shark Tank, who has grown 20 companies to over $100 million in revenue each. For the past several years Tim has been a mentor in the Raj Manek Mentorship Program, which pairs experienced business mentors with young entrepreneurs, and he produced the Financial Toolkit they provide on their website.
As a partner and Certified Financial Planner with Sutton Wealth Planning and Sutton Benefits & Pension, Tim has been helping successful families and business owners preserve, protect and pass on their wealth since 2004. Tim is a specialist in Group Retirement Savings and he enjoys working with his wife Andrea (also a partner with Sutton) in building Total Rewards Strategies for businesses. Tim is passionate about helping successful people take control of their wealth and fulfill their dreams. He knows that for most families, their wealth is in control of them, and this leads to confusion, fear and worry. Through the Sutton Abundant Retirement Process™, which Tim co-created, his clients instead achieve a unique impact, while enjoying a lifestyle of freedom and peace of mind about their wealth.
Originally from Theodore, Saskatchewan, Tim graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2001 with a Bachelor of Commerce. Tim is a member of Advocis, as well as the NSBA, Chamber of Commerce, and Benefits Alliance.
Tim and Andrea have two children, Victoria, and Broderick. Tim enjoys being involved in his children’s activities and has coached both of them in minor hockey. An avid sports fan, Tim’s teams are the Vancouver Canucks, and the Saskatchewan Roughriders, where he is a season ticket holder, and he enjoys taking in as many games as possible. He also plays hockey recreationally, and he is known for his powerful skating stride and soft hands around the net.
In his spare time, Tim enjoys many outdoor activities, from hunting, fishing, boating, hiking and skiing, many of which they enjoy together as a family at their cabin at Fishing Lake. Tim also enjoys the arts, collecting coins, drawing, painting and dabbling in photography, as well as reading personal development books. Tim tries to keep everything light through his keen sense of humour, and he puts those around him at ease through is easy-going and fun-loving nature.
Find Out More About Tim Hansen and how a single screw changed his career trajectory forever in his 2021 interview with My Business Magazine.
Benefits Advisor Associate
Staci Heinbigner is an educator, writer and Benefits Advisor Associate, whom you may have seen published in the Western Canada Highway News Magazine and We Build magazines. With nearly 20 years of experience, Staci is a specialist in group benefits and building total rewards strategies for businesses.
In 2015, Staci obtained her Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation, a specialty designation focusing on the design, administration, and communication of group benefits plans and part of the Certified Employee Benefit Specialist® (CEBS) credential through the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans.
Staci is recognized for her contributions to the development of The Sutton Smartfit™ process, which was designed to align your benefits and pension plan with your company values and culture while identifying obstacles, gaps, and opportunities. The process has been proven to help growing, successful businesses make informed choices and take timely, confident action to support what really matters to their teams and their business.
“No surprises and no rushed decisions. We wanted to systematize a strategy that would empower business leaders to make informed decisions backed by data. We want you to be confident in your decisions knowing you are strategically investing in the right areas of your total rewards program. Our annual audit determines any gaps, inconsistencies, and concerns evolving with the business lifecycle, and looks at demographic changes in the workforce as well as industry and economic shifts. Proactive benefits plan reviews allow us to assess risks, opportunities, and trends in your claims experience, so you know exactly where you stand. We evaluate and negotiate in advance of your renewal providing advice and recommendations, which allows you the time you need to make decisions and communicate with your employees.”
Staci and her husband Travis have two boys, Scott, and Levi. They also have a chocolate lab named Buster. As a family, they love to spend time at their cabin at Big Shell Lake enjoying 11 acres of garden, dirt bike tracks and fruit trees. Staci enjoys life on the go with her children, watching them participate in all the activities they love – competitive swimming, hockey, basketball, and track & field. She also enjoys any outdoor activity from biking, running with Buster, lake time, campfires, and gardening.
Stacey Frost is an educator, webinar facilitator and Benefits Advisor Associate specializing in Employee Benefits with over 20 years of industry related experience with local and national brokerage firms. She joined Sutton Benefits & Pension in 2014 and provides customer service and claims support, analysis of group benefits programs, plan design amendments, training for plan administrators and facilitates employee presentations. As the lead developer and presenter, Stacey launched our official CPHR accredited administration webinar series, the Sutton Coaching Connection in 2020.
Stacey is a graduate from Business College. In 1999, she obtained the Life Office Management Association Fundamentals of Life and Health Insurance, her Life Insurance License in 2006, and her Group Benefits Associate (GBA) designation in 2014. In 2022, she became one of only 35 in the province of Saskatchewan to earn her Certified Employee Benefit Specialist® (CEBS) designation by the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans and the Dalhousie University.
Stacey embraces a multitude of opportunities to gain continued education credits in order to maintain her designations and keep informed on upcoming trends. In 2019, she completed the 4 Seasons of Reconciliation professional development course in an effort to gain understanding surrounding the history and culture of Indigenous communities in Canada. In 2021, she completed the Workplace Mental Health Leadership™ Certificate Program through the Queens University and Lifeworks to gain evidence-based solutions and industry best practices for a mentally healthy workplace.
Stacey fills a position with the National Mental Health Committee through the Benefits Alliance Group, a national organization of independent firms collectively administering over 8,000 benefit plans and 1,500 group retirement plans. Involvement with this committee provides her a unique opportunity to be at the forefront of the issues and workplace solutions surrounding the Mental Health crises.
She is an advocate of community and has served on other various boards including the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and Family Service Saskatoon Foundation. She is passionate about volunteering and has chaired and served on a few fundraising committees for local charities. 2020 marked her 10th year as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Saskatoon SaskTel Jazz Festival. She was recognized for her community volunteerism as a nominee for the YWCA Women of Distinction award in 2016 in the Community Building category.
Stacey is the proud mother of one daughter, Hailey, and happily gained three stepsons, Danny, Kieven and TJ, when she married Cam in the fall of 2017. Cam and Stacey enjoy living at Wakaw Lake where they fish, play golf, snowmobile, spend time making friends and enjoying the outdoors. They recently welcomed their new puppy Nallah to the family, a beautiful Chocolate Lab Chesapeake Bay Retriever. They love to travel to Cam’s hometown in Ontario as often as possible.
Danae Scott, BBA., is a Service Manager at Sutton Benefits & Pension. She joined our Sutton team in 2020 and leads the coordination of the onboarding and plan management for our group pension plan clients. She takes care of enrollment meetings and education sessions for plan members and manages the individual consultations with employees. Behind the scenes, she provides necessary data for the plan analysis, investment fund analysis and design recommendations.
Danae graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Regina, currently holds her Life Insurance License and is working towards her Canadian Securities Course. In addition to group pension plan support, she assists Stuart Sutton, Wealth Planner, of our Sutton Wealth Planning division (a branch of Assante Capital Management Ltd.).
Danae is originally from a small Saskatchewan town and embraces the city life here in Saskatoon. She is a proud auntie and loves spending time with her two nephews. She also has 2 cats, Penny and Piper, who are very cute and cuddly. In her spare time, she likes to socialize and play team sports, such as beach volleyball. Outside of the extraversion, Danae likes to maintain her health and wellness by practicing self-care activities.
Cary Brunett, BASoc., is a Service Associate, Educator and Community Ambassador dedicated to service excellence. Cary has a BA Sociology from the University of Saskatchewan, an Administrative Assistant Diploma and her CAIB designation in insurance. She specializes in enhancing client service and experience with pension plan implantation and helping plan administrators with their day-to-day administration. She plays an integral role with client support and is responsible for investigating, analyzing and executing problem solving solutions and ensuring the follow up on client service inquiries.
Bringing over 25 years of experience with her, she has worked in numerous industries providing service to clients to help them find solutions that best suit their needs. Following 9 years service as a Town Councilor in Delisle, Saskatchewan, Cary was elected as Mayor and loves providing services and opportunities to her community. Cary is working towards her Life Insurance License so she can expand her knowledge and capabilities.
Cary’s pride and joy is her family. She most enjoys spending time with them at their cabin at Fishing Lake. She loves cheering her daughter and son on at their various activities and enjoys scrapbooking, photography (particularly from the sidelines at her son’s football games), gardening, baking, reading, woodworking and watching movies. Her family is rounded out with two cats – Muffin and Zoe.
Lindsay joined the Sutton Financial Group team in 2013 to fulfill a new role, Operations Manager. She is responsible for coordinating the office logistics, team development and execution of business strategies. Lindsay takes care of the work behind the scenes, so the rest of our team can deliver the highest level of client service.
Bringing over 9 years of managerial experience with her, Lindsay previously worked as the Operations Manager at JABA Construction. Lindsay graduated with distinction from McKay Career Training. She also attended the University of Lethbridge, Southwest Regional College and the Saskatoon Business College, taking various classes of interest and classes for career advancement. Additionally, Lindsay completed the Workplace Mental Health Leadership®
certificate program and has been certified in Personal Leadership Effectiveness Coaching, Dale Carnegie Coaching, Safety Management, Basic Training Techniques, and Leadership for Safety Excellence Proficiency.
Lindsay married her high school sweetheart, a welder/fabricator with Brandt, here in Saskatoon. Together, they have one daughter who is passionate about cheer, and one son who terrifies her with his skills in parkour. They have a large, German shepherd crossed with great pyrenes who they all adore. Lindsay enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially for game nights, movie nights and dog park dates. She loves watching her kids participate in all their activities, binging on Netflix and camping in the summer.
Lorraine joined the team April 1, 2019. She is responsible for reception and assisting the team in the day-to-day activities to help keep Sutton running smoothly.
Lorraine graduated from Saskatoon Business College in 1987. After graduation, she worked for a law firm for 4 years. She used the experience she gained there to work for an agriculture lender for 2 years and then decided to raise a family and run a daycare business for 25 years.
Lorraine and her husband, Brad were married in 1990. They have two grown children, Michelle and Ryan. Michelle and Kris were married in 2021. She enjoys reading and playing golf. She is also a Rider fan and enjoys warm vacations.
Lexie has joined our team on a part time basis as she continues her studies with the University of Saskatchewan. She graduated from Walter Murray in June 2018 and joined Sutton Wealth Planning in March of 2019. Lexie is responsible for supportive administrative duties for the team and assists Lorraine with reception greeting clients.
Her parents are Jay and Sheri Stark, she has a sister named Sydney and a dog named Ginger. She enjoys traveling the world with her family or friends and creating memories with them. When she has some down time, Lexie loves going to the lake or going on adventures with her friends.
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