About Jay Stark
Jay is a recognized financial educator, author, speaker, and retirement planner with a specialized focus on philanthropy. You may have seen him on CTV Saskatoon, in The Star Phoenix, The Globe and Mail and Thrive magazine. Jay has released two special reports, “The 7 Mistakes Canadians Make When Giving to Charities,” and “Is Now The Opportune Time To Upgrade Your Lifestyle (And Your Financial Advisor)?” which are available through Sutton Wealth Planning.
As a partner, a Certified Financial Planner professional, and the president of Sutton Wealth Planning, Jay has been successfully advising individuals, families, and business owners on how to significantly reduce income and estate taxes for more than 20 years. His expertise has helped hundreds of families in Saskatchewan realize their goals of giving back and creating a lasting legacy.
Jay co-created the Abundant Retirement Process out of his passion for helping people fulfill their true potential and influence their families and communities in a meaningful way. Through his own experience – from meeting his family’s sponsored child in Nicaragua through Compassion Canada, to being a Kinsmen member and working behind the scenes on their Telemiracle committee – he has seen first-hand the impact we can have.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997, he began his career in the financial services industry. He has earned his Philanthropy Designation (MFA-P™) and is treasurer of the Canadian Association of Gift Planners, Saskatchewan chapter, which focuses on growth and development of strategic charitable gift planning in Canada. He has also earned his Christian Financial Counselor designation (CKA) and was recently appointed to the Saskatoon Community Foundation Board. Jay holds additional memberships with the NSBA and the Family Business Association Saskatoon.
Jay married his high school sweetheart and they have two daughters and a Golden Labrador.
Philanthropic Families – looking for guidance to balance passing on their wealth and wisdom to their families and the greater community.
Mature Philanthropic Couples – who support charities with their time, talent, and treasure, and want to delegate the management of their wealth to a like-minded guide.
Widows – looking for guidance to take control of their finances as they navigate the difficult transition to widowhood so they can enjoy their wealth, and pass it on in an honouring and impactful way to benefit their families and causes they care about.
Business Founders in Transition – looking for guidance transitioning out of their lifework through a vision that will ensure they finish strong, enjoying the fruits of their lifework and sharing it with those they love and have supported them in their business.