Janet Gray, B.A., B.Admin, CFP®, CHS, EPC, CPCA

Money Coach | Ottawa, ON

Janet Specializes in Assisting:

  • Business Owners/Self-Employed
  • Professionals
  • Pensioned Employees
  • Retirees

Janet Specializes in the Following Services:

  • Business Cash Flow Planning
  • Financial Planning
  • Pre-Retirement Planning
  • Retirement & Pension Planning

“Money is a tool to achieve your goals. By working smarter not harder, you’ll ensure money is never your master.”

Janet’s Style

Janet’s warm, reassuring style, coupled with her energy and commitment to action, changes lives. Her clients quickly realize that she is more than a financial ally; she is a knowledgeable mentor and advocate in business and retirement issues. Janet’s financial plans are built on clear, attainable steps that make clients both excited and confident.

Janet’s Story

Before joining Money Coaches Canada in 2014, Janet sold investments, insurance and mortgages for a major Canadian institution for 13 years. Even though she no longer sells insurance products, Janet maintains her designation as a Certified Health Insurance Specialist (CHS), because she believes it informs her work as a Money Coach and Certified Financial Planner.

Her specialized knowledge in both business and retirement issues has made her a go-to-expert for media outlets such as CBC, CTV, Global, The Globe and Mail, and MoneySense magazine. She can be seen regularly on CTV Ottawa Morning Live and is currently a MoneySense Approved Financial Advisor.

In 2009 she founded the Ottawa chapter of the Canadian Association of Retired Persons (CARP) which is now 10,000 members strong. Her work as Chapter Chair for seven years (she is currently on the board as Past Chair) brought her in front of senate and commons committees and into conversation with many sector and community leaders. She is a Certified Professional Consultant on Aging (CPCA), an Elder Planning Counsellor (EPC) and a sought after speaker on financial planning and challenges in retirement.

Seeing the powerful shift that money mastery makes in people’s lives and businesses is what brings Janet the greatest satisfaction in her work.

“I strongly encourage clients to stay connected to their money and their financial goals.” Life is always transitioning; a business owner always has to adapt to change; retired people will have different needs in early retirement than they will have in later years; families transition through many stages starting with childcare through to higher education costs (and much in between). “With a well-planned ‘financial operating system’, you can adapt to these sorts of change with ease. An important role I serve is regularly checking in with clients, reviewing progress against their goals and being proactive and anticipating any transitions ahead.”

Janet is equally passionate about serving the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs. Janet has been a member of the Orleans Chamber of Commerce since 2001, winning the distinction of Financial Services Person of the Year twice. She has participated in many business development events, including “Dragon’s Den” style pitch opportunities for entrepreneurs to receive input on their concepts and business plans and regularly acts as a mentor to new entrepreneurs.

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Testimonials

Common sense and practical strategies

With Janet, I was able to make well-informed decisions about my personal finances. Janet was very instrumental in establishing my financial plan and future where her professionalism, in-depth knowledge, objectivity and experiences determined how I can better improve my personal finances through common sense and practical strategies that will support my real estate investment business. Janet is first-rate and invaluable in the financial planning industry.

– Michael, Creative Real Estate Investor

Financial guidance and support

Like most, financial planning wasn’t always on the top of my priority list. As a divorced parent, I often felt I didn’t have any extra money to invest. Janet changed my way of thinking! With her professional advice and attention to detail, always based on my personal situation, she changed my focus and helped change the direction of my financial goals. A straight talker, Janet always took the time to explain what was important and why, and always made time for me regardless of my limited resources. With the help of Janet’s financial guidance and support, today I feel empowered and in way better control of my financial future. I would definitely recommend Janet as a money coach!

– Nancy D.

Taking care of my best interests

I met Janet Gray about two years ago as she was recommended by one of her other clients that I work with. Janet was very pleasant, extremely knowledgeable and confident over the phone and I decided to meet with her to discuss my finances. After meeting with Janet I had a much better understanding of my finances and how to move forward with my RRSP’s, savings and overall financial situation. It was my first time meeting her, but it was like talking to an old friend. I felt safe knowing that she was taking care of my best interests and trusted her completely.

– Carlene S.

Possible for me to live my dream

For many years Janet Gray was my financial advisor . As she helped me build my portfolio she also helped me plan for my daughter’s university education. Janet was my closest advisor when I transitioned from a being a CTV News Anchor to launching my own company, Ottawa Media Group. Her personal touch and attention to detail made it possible for me live my dream of running my own company and now we have 18 associates.

– Kimothy W.

Easy to understand, client focused

Janet saved my financial life. She explains everything in easy-to-understand language and helps you to reach your financial goals. Janet has all the best qualities of a professional financial advisor: she’s thoughtful, methodical, empathetic, personable and client focused. I trust Janet’s advice implicitly and would recommend her to anyone looking for a financial coach. She’s the best money coach around!

– Marc B.

Sound and honest professional advice

What we most liked about Janet’s advice is that she provided us with sound and honest professional advice based on our circumstances. At no time did we feel she was trying to “sell us” anything but guidance in managing our financial affairs.

– Dale and Denis L.

Personal and customized

Janet made it all easier for me!!! Her personal approach allowed her to capture the scope of what I was looking for with my finances. She listened to my future plans and customized my plan to meet my financial goals. She always talked with me on MY level and did so with a genuine smile on her face. She always made time for me to meet in person or chat on the phone. And most importantly, she made me confident with my money!!! In my opinion, you would be crazy not to select Janet as your money coach.

– Dale K.