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John Nicola

Chairman & CEO of Nicola Wealth

“Add a little bit of improvement every year to what you’ve built as a base – with solid foundations and the right principles, the compound effect is amazing.”


About John

A veteran of the financial services industry since 1974, John provides strategic leadership to Nicola Wealth Management, exercising his passion for providing innovative solutions to clients’ complex problems.

His areas of expertise include investment management, estate and financial planning, as well as business planning with a focus on best practices for wealth building, exit strategies, and shareholder agreements.

In 2011, John was selected as the winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (Financial and Professional Services in the Pacific Region) and in 2015, John was named the winner of Business In Vancouver’s BC CEO of the Year Award – Small-Medium Private Company.

He is a Founding Member of CALU (Conference for Life Underwriters), served as the Chair in 2003, and continues to contribute to the organization by providing leadership and mentorship to up and coming advisors.

John also acts as Chair of the Canuck Place Hospice Society Board of Directors. Using his business acumen he has helped develop this and several other not-for-profit organizations over the years.  Two of John’s most passionate projects include The Pivot Law Society, a volunteer legal society defending the underrepresented issues facing Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and Bulembu International, a foundation dedicated to helping an abandoned African mining village become self-sufficient.

Married for 40 years, John and Claire have 3 children – Christopher, Jason and Jared, all of whom are married and have families of their own, including three grandchildren: Chloe, Lilly, and Wyatt.  Family is a big priority for John and Claire.

Questions & Answers

Were you named after anyone? With a name like John, not likely

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be? The Himalayas

What would be your last meal? Risotto con Funghi e Scampi

Favourite music genre? There is only one – The 60’s

Retirement Dreams? Stay well, enjoy work, sports, travel, reading and learning