The simple reality for many Canadians is that we have an income and need to make decisions regarding eventual retirement. I recognized that learning about financial matters would empower my own family to prepare for the future, so I launched my career in the field in the early 2000s.


For 14 years i worked as a licensed representative at a self-directed brokerage company in London, Ontario. I founded Money Architect Financial Planning in response to an unaddressed need I identified among my Do-It-Yourself investor clients; they could all benefit from foundational guidance.


Money Architect Financial Planning is a member of a small but growing niche of fee-for-service financial planners. We are professionals who exclusively provide financial advice in exchange for a fee. We are committed to acting in the best interests of our clients, which is why we do not sell financial products. Read more about the inherent conflicts of interest arising from the sale of financial products here.

Money Architect Financial Planning, Russell J. Sawatsky

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Experience and Education

Training & Credentials

IFSE Institute

  • Canadian Investment Funds Course

CFA Institute

  • Passed Level 1 exam

Canadian Securities Institute

  • Canadian Investment Manager
  • Certificate in Advanced Investment Advice

FP Canada

  • Certified Financial Planner®


  • Owner and Financial Planner at Money Architect Financial Planning, London, ON – 2019
  • Licensed representative at a discount brokerage, London, ON – 14 years
  • Church minister in London, ON – 4 years
  • Mission worker in Japan – 10 years
  • Master of Divinity, Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary (now Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary), Elkhart, IN, USA
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, MB
  • Bachelor of Theology, Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now Canadian Mennonite University), Winnipeg, MB
  • Diploma of Technology, British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby, BC