B Comm., CFP®, GBA
Andrea Hansen, B.Comm., CFP®, GBA is a recognized Educator, Writer, Speaker and Benefits Advisor, whom you may have seen in her recurring feature in The Business Advisor Magazine sharing “Stories You Should Know” about local entrepreneurs. With almost 20 years of experience, she helps build and manage customized, compelling employee benefit and pension strategies for growing businesses, helping them find the right combination of benefits to protect, support and optimize their employees’ health and wellbeing.
Andrea is the creator of the Sutton Employee Engagement Wheel™ and she authored and facilitates Sutton’s Maximize your Talent Strategy & Drive Performance workshops to educate employers about the essential components of a total rewards strategy. She is passionate about helping employers effectively allocate their resources, time and money into the right elements of their total rewards program and has helped hundreds of employers maximize and leverage their results.
Andrea is a partner 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 is being the co-founder and host of Seeds for Dreams, which offers woman-owned Saskatchewan businesses seed capital through a unique pitch and vote event.
Originally from Raymore, Saskatchewan, Andrea graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan, and she holds a specialty designation focused on group benefits design and management (Group Benefits Associate), in addition to a Certified Financial Planner certification.
When Andrea is not working, she appreciates being a hockey mom, staying active and socializing with family and friends in all-seasons. Her husband, Tim, is also a partner of the firm. Together they have two children, Victoria and Broderick. Andrea enjoys watching her daughter play Comets hockey and train with Saskatoon Track and Field Club, and watching her son play hockey in the Redwing Zone and play guitar. She cherishes the time she spends together with her family at their cabin at Fishing Lake.
B.Comm, CFP®, CEA
Tim Hansen, B.Comm., CFP®, CEA helps businesses build their total rewards business strategies through his speciality, group pension plans. Tim is also a recognized financial educator, author, speaker, and a co-creator of the Abundant Retirement Process TM, whom you may have seen in Thrive magazine or at speaking engagements for Family Business Association Saskatoon and Praxis School of Entrepreneurship.
In addition to Tim’s role as a Pension Advisor with Sutton Benefits & Pension, he is a Wealth Advisor with Sutton Wealth Planning. His experience and advanced education with wealth planning is a great advantage in the execution of our Annual Renewal Process, a process aligned with the trademark Sutton Smartfit TM Process, to help growing, successful businesses and their employees make informed choices and take timely, confident action to support their financial goals.
The Annual Renewal Process includes a plan analysis, investment fund analysis, design recommendations and employee reviews, where continuing educational opportunities and critical communication is provided. Throughout the yearly cycle, he facilitates plan governance reviews and meetings to identify obstacles, gaps and other obstacles along the way.
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. For the past several years, Tim has been a mentor in the Raj Manek Mentorship Program, which pairs experienced business mentors with young entrepreneurs.
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. As an avid sports fan, Tim’s favorite 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 his easy-going and fun-loving nature.
Benefits Advisor Associate
Staci Heinbigner is a Benefits Advisor Associate specializing in group benefits and building total rewards strategies for businesses.
Staci has been working in the group benefits industry since 2003 and joined the Sutton team in January of 2012. 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.”
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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.
Lindsay joined our team in 2013 to fulfill a new role, Operations Manager. She is responsible for managing the office logistics and execution of business strategies. Lindsay provides value to our clients by coordinating processes 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 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 holds certificates 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, passionate about cheer, and one son, who terrifies her with his skills in parkour. They have a large, shepherd great pyrenes cross who they all adore. Lindsay enjoys experimenting with graphic design & photography, continual learning and singing the occasional karaoke tune. She 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.
Pension Advisor Associate
Evan is a Pension Advisor Associate at Sutton Benefits & Pension, educating and assisting business clients with their pension plans. Beyond his role as Pension Advisor Associate, Evan is also a Wealth Advisor Associate with Sutton Wealth Planning, providing a supportive role to Jay Stark and a pleasant experience for our clients.
Evan graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics from the University of Saskatchewan. He holds his Life Insurance and Securities Licensing to better serve our clients He worked with the Credit Union in his hometown before joining Sutton Wealth Planning and Sutton Benefits & Pension Inc in 2014.
Evan was born in Weyburn and grew up in McTaggart, along with his three brothers. Evan lives with his long-term girlfriend, Kaitlin, and together they have a beta fish named Fishie. In his spare time, Evan enjoys reading fantasy books, playing board games, and is interested in general health and exercise. For fun, Evan loves to curl, both competitively and recreationally and plays cards with family and friends.
Stacey Frost, GBA joined our team in 2014 and specializes in Employee Benefits working closely with our clients as a Service Manager. She provides customer service, complicated claims issues support, analysis of Employee Benefits Programs and Plan Design Modification.
Stacey brings with her over 20 years of industry related experience and has gained her knowledge with local and national brokerage firms. She graduated from Business College and through continuing education keeps informed as the industry evolves. She obtained her GBA, Group Benefits Association designation, and is working towards her Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) designation, and completed her RPA 1 – Managing Retirement Plans Part 1 course in 2020.
Stacey is the proud mother of one daughter, Hailey, and gained three new step sons, Danny, Kieven and TJ, when she married Cam in the fall of 2017. In her spare time, Stacey enjoys camping, travelling to Ontario and spending time with her family and friends, as well as swimming and volunteering. She is avidly involved in the community and has sat on a few boards and committees in the Non-Profit Sector. 2020 will mark her 10th year as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Saskatoon Jazz Festival.
Currently away on maternity leave, Jessie joined our team on June 3, 2019 to provide administrative support and enhance the overall experience of our clients. She is also a Service Associate at Sutton Wealth Planning of Assante Capital Management Ltd. providing support to wealth clients.
Jessie has been in the customer service industry since she got her first job at the age of 14. Previous to joining Sutton Wealth Planning and Sutton Benefits & Pension Inc., Jessie was providing support for brokers and maintaining client accounts in the general insurance industry.
Originally from Glaslyn, SK, Jessie moved to Saskatoon in 2011 where she met her husband. They got married in Las Vegas in 2017 and are enjoying the quiet life on an acreage outside the city. They have a chihuahua named Cooper, two cats, Oliver and Garfield and they welcomed the arrival of a new baby On March 8, 2020. In her spare time, she loves doing anything fitness related, reading, listening to podcasts, playing Fantasy Football in her women’s league and beating her husband at cribbage. She also loves good food, vacations and spending time with friends and family.
Danae joined our team January 2nd, 2020. She supports client experience and is responsible for analytics and administration required for the preparation and processing of Group Benefits and Pensions Plans. She is also a Service Associate at Sutton Wealth Planning of Assante Capital Management Ltd. providing support for wealth clients.
Danae brings with her many years of customer service experience. When she was very young, she would greet and help customers at her then family owned confectionary store in Wilbert. She spent 6 months volunteering in the Katimavik program in BC and Quebec, which inspired her to enroll in University in Quebec to learn French for a year. She transferred to the U of R to complete her education graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in accounting (2018). After 2 years in the accounting role, she decided to pursue a career in the wealth planning industry.
Danae is originally from Cut Knife and she made Saskatoon her new home in the fall of 2018. She has two female cats, Penny and Piper, who are very playful and cuddly. She also has two nephews she loves spending time with. In her spare time, she plays Rugby with the Kirin Women’s Rugby team and dodgeball in the off-season, enjoys yoga and the benefits of meditation.
Lorraine joined our team April 1, 2019 after Chelsea left for her maternity leave. She is responsible for reception and assisting the team in the day-to-day activities to help keep operations 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 have been married for 30 years. They have two grown children, Michelle and Ryan. She enjoys playing golf and reading. She also enjoys warm vacations and downhill skiing.
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 our team 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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